Diversity Partners on Campus


Campus Programs for Diversity

Diversity Studies Minor

The minor in Diversity Studies helps to facilitate better understanding of the diverse populations that comprise our communities, helping us to comprehend, as philosopher Martha Nussbaum says, "the motives and choices of people different from ourselves, seeing them not as forbiddingly alien or other, but as sharing many problems and possibilities with us." The minor also helps to prepare graduates to be effective members of an increasingly diverse workforce.

Excelling the Student Experience of Learning (EXSEL)

The Excelling the Student Experience of Learning (ExSEL) Program is aimed at increasing student success and retention. The ExSEL program is a comprehensive partnership between the Center for Orientation, Mentoring, Parents, and Academic Student Success (COMPASS) and all schools and colleges on the campus of Michigan Technological University. The program offers support through services including: Peer mentoring and study groups, one-on-one staff support,academic-progress monitoring, campus resource referrals, campus and community involvement events, career and personal development seminars, and the Frameworks for Success (UN1000) course.

Youth Programs

Youth Programs is a division of the Center for Pre-College Outreach at Michigan Technological University. Youth Programs offers students an opportunity to experience a mini-version of college life. Students live in our full-service residence hall, eat in the dining hall, and participate in their chosen exploration. Our explorations engage participants in hands-on, discovery-based learning opportunities in which students work with other talented and diverse students and professionals in various group activities, laboratory exercises, and in research being conducted on campus.


Campus Organizations for Diversity

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

The mission of AISES is to provide a supportive environment in which Native American students and professional community members can learn about Native American culture. The Michigan Tech chapter of the national AISES organization provides financial scholarships, conducts job fairs, and offers leadership training in support of its members.


The ADVANCE Initiative at Michigan Tech seeks to improve the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) by increasing the diversity and quality of the faculty applicant pool, increasing the number of women hired into STEM tenured/tenure-track faculty positions, and assisting all faculty members in the achievement of successful careers at Michigan Tech.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides support and development that enriches the intellectual, social and professional growth of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) students, students of color, and women. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion assists Michigan Technological University with the recruitment, retention and successful graduation of underrepresented students.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is responsible for coordinating Michigan Tech's programs to recruit, retain, and mentor graduate students. The Graduate School provides service to graduate students and faculty to support Michigan Tech's efforts in the areas of education, research, and outreach.

Safe Place

Safe Place educates faculty, staff, and students about the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (GLBTQ) people. By helping faculty, staff and students better understand how they might serve as a resource for GLBTQ people, Safe Place aims to foster a university climate in which each individual is treated with dignity and respect, based on the assumption that all living, learning, and working environments should be safe and free from discrimination, prejudice, and harassment.

Society of Women Engineers

For nearly six decades, Society of Women Engineers has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Our organization is centered around a passion for our members' success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today's exciting engineering and technology specialties.