“Diversity is a fact, inclusion is a practice, equity is the goal.”
Dereca Blackmon, Stanford’s Assistant Vice Provost and Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion Office.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering aims to cultivate an inclusive and welcoming environment that recognizes, respects, and values differences including those based on:
- National origin
- Gender identity and expression
- Intellectual and physical ability
- Sexual orientation
- Faith and non-faith perspectives
- Socio-economic class
- Political ideology
- Primary language
- Family status
- Military experience
- Cognitive style
- Communication style
Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students, undergraduate and graduate.
The DEI Committee was initiated to foster an environment in the department that is respectful, encouraging, and open-minded. Our goal is to encourage diversity within our department as well as be a voice for each and every individual that seeks equity and inclusion. We also promote awareness of DEI and bias, with the aim to enhance participation of underrepresented communities in our STEM programs.
The committee is devoted to sharing resources, facilitating events, and dedicating time towards strengthening an inclusive learning and working environment. We look forward to working alongside students, faculty, and staff—empowering all towards the continued success of the department, in keeping with the University of Rochester’s visions and values.