The College of Science and Engineering is committed to sustaining a culture of excellence built around diversity, inclusivity, and work toward equity in opportunity and outcomes.
We want the culture in our school to be one in which all students, faculty, staff, and supporters are welcomed, respected, and valued. We believe that diversity strengthens the educational environment we can provide for our students. We do not limit diversity to the categories of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual preference, but also include socio-economic status, geographic origin, political philosophy, religion, immigration status, and physical abilities. We are training our students to be leaders in society. To be successful, they must understand and appreciate the values, potential, and perspectives of people of all walks of life.
Confronting issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion is particularly important in the STEM fields, where white males have traditionally been overrepresented. While we are proud of the progress we have made, the College of Science and Engineering recognizes that there is further work to be done. Together, we must work to become a college in which the diversity of faculty and students reflects the full, rich diversity of our community.
With the support of a gift from the Boeing Corporation, the College of Science and Engineering has established a committee focused on studying issues of equity and inclusion in engineering and computer science (CS) and advancing ideas to increase diversity across our engineering and CS majors. Initiatives implemented by the committee include:
Committee Members (2020-21)
Student Ambassadors (2020-21)
NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. With more than 500 chapters and nearly 16,000 active members in the U.S. and abroad, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States.
The objectives of the NSBE SU chapter coincide with those of the National chapter. The objectives include programs that serve to stimulate and develop student interest in engineering; to strive to promote participation at all levels of responsibility in the field of engineering by the black communities; and to endeavor in the advancement of black professional engineers within the individual engineering disciplines.
The SHPE is the largest association in the nation for Hispanics in STEM. We meet each of our student and professional members where they are—offering effective training, mentorship, and programming for our vibrant community.
Beignning in 2020, Seattle University joined the Academic Partnerhsip Council of SHPE, assisting to develop strategies to help SHPE better serve their members.
Seattle University’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Student Chapter is a club that aims to foster women’s passion in engineering. We provide a community and unique opportunities that allow for professional development in our respective disciplines, and hope to encourage more women to pursue study and careers in engineering.
This club is not limited to just female members; it is open ito all who support women in the industry.
Key Areas of Focus:
For more information on SU SWE, please visit:
CSE Faculty Research on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion