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Equity and Inclusion Programs: About

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 engineering students to not only succeed academically, but to thrive and grow as individuals.

The UMass Amherst College of Engineering Office of 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

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 K12 outreach in their home communities over breaks. Others have supported afterschool programs in Amherst, Holyoke, and Springfield.
 

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, while others are hired and supervised by the LRC.
 

Graduate Student Mentors

Each year one to four graduate students are hired to work part time in the office. In particular, graduate students 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