Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence

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.

School of Engineering Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Executive Summary

This executive summary contains the mission, goals and objectives of the five-year Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan for the School of Engineering (SoE). The executive summary is an evolving document written collaboratively with the School of Engineering’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence Committee (which comprises appointed and volunteer faculty, staff, and students), key stake holders, and SoE’s interim dean Alberto Cuitino. The summary consists of the Strategic Planning Process, the strategic plan goals, the plan objectives, and their alignment with the university’s diversity strategic plan priorities.

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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.

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:

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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

Report a Bias Incident

Individuals are encourage to report bias acts so that the university can provide support, remedy, or resolution. Reporting and documenting bias acts also help the university to better understand the reality of the campus climate related to discrimination. Report a bias incident here.
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