At Rutgers School of Engineering, diversity is one of our greatest strengths. We are an acknowledged national leader in promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion both within our community and by serving as a pipeline for workforce diversity—a mandate vital to the engineering field.
Our culture of belonging gives our students an equal opportunity to share their rich diversity of experiences and perspectives and thrive – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or cultural heritage – in an increasingly interconnected world.
Building a diverse community benefits everyone. As of fall 2020, our undergraduate enrollment of 3,914, 27% are women, 18% are underrepresented minorities, and 7% are international students. Our graduate students are highly diverse, with an international student body of 56%. Hiring, mentoring, and retaining a diverse faculty is a key SoE priority that is supported by $40 million in strategic funding through June 2024 through the university-wide Rutgers Faculty Diversity Hiring Initiative.
Additionally, the Rutgers Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement provides robust range of programs and resources that support students and faculty alike.
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- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence Mission Statement
The School of Engineering is committed to promoting a collegial environment that fosters and advances diversity.
With inclusive excellence as a core tenet, we work to develop activities and infrastructure that allow faculty, staff, and students to realize their full potential within a diverse, accessible, equitable, and inclusive environment.
By establishing and supporting a culture of inclusive excellence within the SoE community, we assist in developing recruitment and retention strategies for underrepresented students, faculty, and staff, and in providing forums and learning opportunities that build mutual respect, appreciation of differences, and cross-cultural understanding.
- Meet the Leadership Team
The School of Engineering's DEI division is led by Kimberly Cook-Chennault, associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Collaborating with school partners, members of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence Standing Committee and the university-wide Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Dean Cook-Chenault leads efforts to foster and support a respectful and equitable sense of belonging among students, faculty, and staff; leads the development and implementation of new programs to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse faculty, as well as support school community members from underrepresented groups.
A full list of members is available HERE>>
- National Leadership and Partnerships
The American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) recognized our commitment to increasing the diversity, inclusion, and degree attainment outcomes of our program by designating the school as an exemplar – its highest bronze award distinction – in its nationwide as an exemplar – its highest bronze award distinction – in its inaugural nationwide ASEE Diversity Recognition Program.
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) included us among eight institutions recognized for effectively diversifying engineering education through admissions policies, practices, and processes.
As a partner institution of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), we are committed to enriching society with a workforce that champions diversity in STEM by providing opportunities for underrepresented minority students pursuing careers in engineering and computer science.
As a longtime partner institution of the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA), we work to support its mission to achieve equity and parity in the nation’s workforce.
We regularly attend Women in Engineering Pro Active Network (WEPAN) conferences, which focus on the group’s core mission of increasing the number and prominence of women in engineering.
- K-12 Experiential Learning
The School of Engineering offers exceptional programs for students in K-12 to expose students to engineering disciplines. Click to learn more.
SLAAM: Student Learning and Achievement Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Summer Academy
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates
While SoE undergraduates enjoy ample opportunities for faculty-guided research within their departmental majors, the Rutgers University Aresty Research Center is dedicated to the support of undergraduate research. Aresty provides a platform to connect students with research opportunities and present their findings at a university-wide annual symposium.
- SoE Student Organizations and Affinity Groups
School of Engineering students participate in the chapters of leading national professional engineering societies, as well as in diversity-promoting societies. These include:
- Minority Engineering Educational Task – Rutgers University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (MEET/NSBE)
- Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
- Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHE)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
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- Engineers of the Future: Educational Opportunity Fund and Engineering Opportunity Program
The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) is one of the nation's most comprehensive and successful state-supported efforts to provide access to higher education for economically and educationally disadvantaged students. The School of Engineering EOF Program offers financial and academic assistance to low-income New Jersey residents who show potential and exhibit evidence of academic and/or creative promise, but who lack adequate resources for college. Find out more>>
- Resources for Faculty, Staff and Students