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About the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion are core values of importance in the College of Engineering, which has staffed and supported a centrally located office since 1973 with the mission of increasing enrollment, retention, and graduation among underrepresented or otherwise potentially marginalized students.

Our goal is to encourage and support students to not only succeed academically, but to thrive and grow as individuals. This includes engaging engineering students at all levels through:

  • Academic, professional and personal support programs, including professional student organizations
  • Collaborations with faculty and staff across the University, industry, alumni, and local communities
  • Collaborations with national organizations working to improve the climate and opportunities for underrepresented students

The UMass Amherst College of Engineering Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs is centrally managed from our Undergraduate Community, Equity and Inclusion Hub (CEI Hub), a marquee ~1,400 ft2 newly renovated space which opened in Fall 2018. The CEI Hub incorporates the offices of the Assistant Dean for Equity and Inclusion and the Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion. It serves as the central organizational space for eight interdepartmental UMass engineering student organizations.

While our focus is on populations under-represented in engineering, the facilities, services, and programs of the Engineering Office of Equity and Inclusion are open to all engineering students, staff and faculty.

Student Staff

Engineer Peers

Engineer Peers upper level students that are always available to communicate with students.

Current Engineer Peers »

Diversity Ambassadors

Diversity Ambassadors are students in the College committed to playing a leadership role in supporting a community that is inclusive and welcoming of all. Ambassadors provide logistical, technical, and evaluation support for our initiatives and programs, serve as a sounding board, and are charged with leading a personal initiative designed and implemented in close collaboration with the full time staff.

Current Diversity Ambassadors »

Outreach Leaders

Outreach Leaders are students in the College committed to working in the community to encourage the next generation of students to pursue degrees in STEM. Outreach Leaders work in close collaboration with the full-time staff, faculty, and our student organization and also lead “passion” projects of their choosing. Some have chosen to do K-12 outreach in their home communities over breaks. Others have supported afterschool programs in Amherst, Holyoke, and Springfield. Currently we only have volunteer opportunities. The Graduate Student Outreach Platoon is a group of graduate students similarly engaged in K-12 and community outreach.

Academic Support Leaders

Each year the College collaborates with our departments, the Engineering Office of Student Affairs, and the Learning Resources Center (LRC) to provide academic support for many courses. Some of these students are directly managed by the Office of Equity and Inclusion, but most are hired and supervised by the LRC or within engineering departments.

Graduate Student Mentors

Each year graduate student mentors work closely with our Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers. These mentors are a critical connection with the students, providing advice and guidance, drawing upon their lived experience. Other graduate students provide support for strategic initiatives on an as needed basis.