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Equity and Inclusion: Neurodiversity Initiative

Our goal is to provide comprehensive support and career exploration opportunities to UMass students with a broad range of disabilities, including those with autism, ADHD, LD, and anxiety. Our focus is on providing opportunities and building upon student strengths, reinforcing their path to success. A “Neurodiversity Working Group” brings leaders from across campus together regularly to discuss needs, share ideas, and implement programs to forward this mission.
 

Origins

In Spring 2019, the COE led an effort to build a cross-campus group to discuss how academic, advising, diversity and career centers can better support neurodiverse students and/or students with disabilities. This group also sought to determine how these offices could better collaborate with Disability Services and leverage existing resources. This initiative is a collaboration between the Career Development and Professional Connections, Student Success, CICS, CNS (Psychology and Brain Sciences), SBS (Communication), Disabilities Services, COE, and students.
 

Neurodiversity in the College of Engineering

The Engineering Career and Experiential Learning Center provides links to webinars and other resources to help students decide when and if they wish to disclose, better prepare for interviews, and other professional development resources.

In addition, the Engineering Career and Experiential Learning Center also connects students to several virtual and face-to-face job fairs specifically aimed at recruiting neurodiverse students. 

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Community Equity and Inclusion

Career and Experiential Learning Center

Office of Student Affairs

Get Involved

The group meets monthly in the Engineering Community, Equity and Inclusion Hub Conference Room, 128c Marcus Hall. Zoom webinar conferencing is also available for the meetings. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend! If you are interested in hosting future meetings, please let the group know. To become a regular member and receive regular updates, please email Assistant Dean Dr. Paula Rees at rees@umass.edu.