“We are for difference. For respecting difference. For allowing difference. Until difference doesn’t make any more difference.”
Experiencing diversity is a vital component of a quality engineering education. We prepare our students to live and work in a diverse society, and invite companies and organizations to join us in this effort.
In our increasingly pluralistic and interdependent world, a diversity of talents, perspectives and experiences are essential to generate the solutions for world problems.
Underrepresented minorities and women have made great strides in the competitive field of engineering, but there is still much work to be done. Our goal is to increase the participation of all underrepresented groups in our undergraduate and graduate engineering programs.
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Center for Diversity and Inclusion
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Michigan Tech promotes diversity that benefits all students, including ethnic minorities, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Through programs, services, mentoring, and development initiatives the Center is committed to strengthening and providing academic, interactive, and cultural experiences to enhance and foster a shared sense of community. The Center provides information on scholarships, programs, initiatives, events and employment opportunities.
Safe Place Program
The Safe Place Program is a campus-wide program that offers a visible message of inclusion, acceptance and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people in the University community.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
Since 1977, AISES, has worked to substantially increase American Indian and Alaska Native representation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields—as students, professionals, mentors, and leaders. Members from over 200 tribal nations are represented within AISES, and AISES enjoys the support and partnership of corporate, government, academic, and tribal decision-makers.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), with more than 35,700 members, is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. Founded in 1975, NSBE now includes more than 394 College, Pre-College, and Technical Professional/Alumni chapters in the United States and abroad. NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
Society of Hispanics Professional Engineers (SHPE)
SHPE is the leading social-technical organization whose primary function is to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science. SHPE has grown to include more than 60 professional and 230 student chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. SHPE opens up a world of opportunity for students, including scholarships, leadership development, internship and job connections, community outreach, mentoring, and networking.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The Society of Women Engineers empowers women to succeed and advance and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. SWE supports the retention, recruitment and advancement of women in engineering and technology through career services, professional development, and networking. Access resources developed for the advancement of collegiate women and the transition to the workforce.
State and National Resources
King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program
The King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program provides financial support for traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education, especially in the STEM fields. A Master’s recipient can receive a maximum of $20,000 towards their degree and a doctoral student can receive a maximum of $35,000 towards their degree.
Michigan Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
Five major research universities in the state of Michigan in the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. The goal: to advance under-represented minority students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as they pursue graduate degrees. This alliance includes the graduate schools at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Wayne State University, and Western Michigan University.
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
NACME is the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships for underrepresented minority students in engineering, as well as a leading source of research results and policy analysis regarding the participation of African Americans, Latinos and American Indians in engineering education and careers.
ASEE National List of Diversity Organizations
A comprehensive list from the America Association of Engineering Education.
The National GEM Consortium
The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation's human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and science. GEM's signature undergraduate program, called GRAD Lab (Getting Ready for Advanced Degree Laboratory), inspires close to one thousand under-represented undergraduates annually to pursue a graduate degree in engineering or science. GEM's signature graduate program called FFP (Future Faculty and Professionals) provides comprehensive programming to current graduate students to ensure successful completion of rigorous graduate programs. GEM offers MS and PhD Engineering Fellowships.
Michigan Tech is committed to increasing recruitment and support of women in engineering and other science programs and careers through a long-term, sustained effort. Some strategies include:
We are an ADVANCE institution, receiving NSF funds to support our commitment to increase the participation and advancement of women in STEM fields.
We take part in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), an alternative evaluation process for organizations accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our 2011-13 project is the Gender Initiative.
Visiting Women and Minority Lecture Series
We develop and nurture relationships with potential faculty applicants and research collaborators, bringing experts in various fields to campus.
Middle school girls spend the day exploring the excitement of science and engineering fields each February during the annual Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) day at Michigan Tech. The event, coordinated by the Youth Programs office, brings more than 250 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders from 15 local schools to campus for a day of hands-on activities, talks with female role models, and more.
Women in Engineering Scholarship Program
Each summer, Michigan Tech invites academically talented young women to campus to explore ten fields of engineering through hands-on projects and classroom investigations. Middle and high school-age students attend the weeklong program. In summer 2011, participants came from 17 states including: CA, FL, IA, CO, GA, IL, IN, LA, MI, MN, NC, NY, OH, PA, TX, WA and WI. Average GPA: 3.83. Interested in teaching, attending, or volunteering?
Women In Engineering Learning Community—Michigan Tech Residence Halls
Learning Communities are living areas in the residence halls where groups of students with similar interests choose to live, study, and experience Michigan Tech together. The Women In Engineering Learning Community brings together female engineering students and provides support as they pursue careers in the field of engineering. Find out more.