Supporting Diversity

Supporting Diversity

Diversity at Michigan Tech

Experiencing diversity is a vital component of a quality education. We prepare our students to live and work in a diverse society, and invite companies and organizations to join us in this effort.

Campus Resources

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.

Contact Kellie Raffaelli 

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.

Contact Jill Hodges

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.

Contact Alexa Thompson

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.

Contact Madeline Voelker

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.

Contact Elizabeth Hoy

Women Engineers

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.


Each year, over 250 sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls from 15 local schools come to Michigan Tech for a day of hands-on activities at the annual Get Women in Engineering (Get WISE) event. The day’s doings are meant to stir interest in science and engineering. The program helps girls learn about engineering in a completely new way, allowing them to see the different options available. Volunteers are needed. Volunteer at an event.

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.