The Diversity Programs Office (DPO), under its able Director Shelly Perdomo, had yet another very productive year during Fiscal Year 2010. The DPO staged its annual Career Day for more than 300 female high school students and their counselors from 50 towns and cities throughout Massachusetts and the Northeast. The office also hosted 25 Girl Scouts during its annual Girl Scouts Engineering Exploration Day: Engaging, Educating, and Embracing the Creative Engineer. In addition, the DPO continued to run a dizzying schedule of First Friday Socials, brown bag lunches, Dinner Etiquette programs, Alumni Lunch events, professional development workshops, Phone-a-thons, and its widespread Tutoring Program. Beyond that, Perdomo was appointed this year to the Chancellor’s Diversity Advisory Committee.
Some other highlights from the year include the DPO sponsoring a total of 20 students to attend the national conferences of the Society of Women Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. The Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP), in conjunction with Engineering Students Reaching Out, held an informal information session for 27 students and three counselors from the Springfield Renaissance School. Nine students from MEP also attended Getting Ready for Advanced Degree labs. In one more highlight, female engineering faculty met with undergraduate and graduate students once a month for brown bag lunch discussions.
DPO also hosted Chief Diversity Officer Donna Griffin and Assistant Vice President Jay Taylor from the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies for a day-long discussion about our DPO initiatives. (June 2010)