Current Programs & Activities

Existing Efforts to Further Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Michigan Engineering

Michigan Engineering Programs

Listed below are programs designed to enhance diversity, equity, and/or inclusion implemented at the college level. All programs listed are open without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, etc., with the exception of the NSF-funded Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, which follows federal guidelines for this program.

Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach

CEDO works to (1) create a pool of diverse students who enter Michigan Engineering; (2) foster academic success of diverse students (3) showcase multicultural perspectives in engineering; (4) advocate policies for diversity and inclusion; (5) promote appreciation and understanding of diverse individuals and groups; and (6) demonstrate the importance of multicultural competency.

Contact: Lyonel Milton

Collaborators: Industry, engineering faculty researchers, K-12 educators, School of Education, Center for Educational Outreach

Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ)

The MEZ is a forum located in the U-M Detroit Center where Detroit students acquire the knowledge and tools they need to propel themselves to higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through challenging and exciting hands-on experiences.

Contact: Jeanne Murabito

Collaborators: Industry, K-12 educators

First Generation Initiative

A new Michigan Engineering initiative to support first generation students.

Contact: Jeanne Murabito


First-Year Student Recruitment Programs

Michigan Engineering’s first-year student recruitment programs bring select groups of students in for campus visits and participation in admitted student weekends. A postcard writing campaign by select student groups to admitted underrepresented students is part of the recruitment conversion effort.

Contact: Jeanne Murabito


M-STEM Academies

The M-STEM (Michigan Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academies provide students with a supportive and academically rigorous experience during that critical transition from high school to college. Our increasingly global workforce demands rigorous technical training, entrepreneurial mindsets, multicultural competencies, and intellectual curiosity.

Contact: Darryl Koch

Collaborators: LSA, industry

Michigan Engineering Transfer Student Support Program

This program provides the opportunity for students transferring into Michigan Engineering to have the same level of support as first time in any college students to ensure their continued academic success.

Contact: Robert Friedhoff

Collaborators: Office of Student Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

The Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP) was established in 2005 to address the need for greater retention and representation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and degree attainment, and the associated workforce, by individuals from certain demographic groups, most notably African American, Hispanic and Native American. MI-LSAMP is a federally funded collaborative effort of Michigan universities designed to share best practices and resources in order to achieve excellence in U.S. STEM education in order to support the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce and well-informed citizenry. MI-LSAMP’s funding comes from the National Science Foundation and allows Michigan Engineering to create a program initiative specifically focused on underrepresented minority students, as this is a federally funded program.

Contact: Derrick Scott

Collaborators: LSA, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, 14+ Michigan community colleges

Michigan Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP-STEM)

The GEAR UP-STEM program provides science, technology, mathematics, and engineering exposure and enrichment to middle school youth in Michigan, including classroom projects as well as campus visits. It is a turnkey program that allows the participating universities to provide direct programming in middle schools and communities that feature compelling engineering projects and activities to pique student interest in engineering education and careers. GEAR UP-STEM also provides professional development services to teachers, and critical, actionable information for parents on preparing them for STEM academic success. Michigan Engineering assisted in the program design for GEAR UP-STEM, and now serves as a consultant on strategy and content for its continued growth and success.

Contact: Robert Scott

Collaborators: Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, State of Michigan King/Chavez/Parks Program, Grand Valley State University, Wayne State University

Focus: HOPE STEM Bridge Program

Focus: HOPE STEM Bridge is a college preparatory program which significantly increases the success rate and retention of underprepared, but intellectually capable students in colleges. It comprises eight courses delivered over three terms and includes support services.

Contact: Jeanne Murabito

Collaborators: Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach, Provost’s Office

Scholarship Partnership Initiatives

Michigan Engineering partnerships with partner schools, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, and select companies to provide scholarship support for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.

Contact: Jeanne Murabito

Collaborators: Partner schools nationwide, industry, NACME

High School Partnership Initiatives

This initiative allows a focus and an opportunity for Michigan Engineering faculty and staff to work closely with staff, students, and families at partner high schools. A number of these schools have significant underrepresented and/or low socio-economic populations.

Contact: Jeanne Murabito

Collaborators: Partner schools nationwide

Atlanta University Center Consortium – Dual Degree in Engineering Program

A Michigan Engineering partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College for engineering students at the transfer level.

Contact: Jeanne Murabito

Collaborators: HBCUs

Alternative Spring Break – Chicago

Alternative Spring Break in Chicago is a collaborative effort conducted via the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers that entails a week in Chicago public schools and community-based educational programs teaching engineering through hands-on design projects. It provides a comprehensive opportunity to engage students and model what it is like to be a college student studying engineering.

Contact: Jeanne Murabito

Collaborators: Chicago public schools and community-based educational programs

K-12 Engineering Programming

These programs introduce engineering to K-12 students and their parents to show that the field is exciting and significant. Programs provide students with access and exposure to engineering concepts in a variety of settings, including classrooms, day camps and residential programs. Programs also equip parents with knowledge, skills and competence to support their children as they prepare for and apply to engineering colleges like Michigan Engineering. Programs include (1) Summer Engineering Academy; (2) Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Spring Program; (3) GEAR UP STEM Initiative; (4) Michigan Engineering Road Show; (5) Engineering is Elementary.

Contact: Han Sowder

Collaborators: Industry


ScholarPOWER consists of a comprehensive suite of educational support services that provides students with focused training that supports student retention and cultivates academic, personal, and professional development.

Contact: Derrick Scott

Collaborators: Industry

Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC)

The ECRC offers specific workshops and events for M-STEM/M-ENG, transfer students, and international students as well as for student organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Contact: Kerri Boivin

Collaborators: Industry

International Programs in Engineering (IPE)

The mission of the IPE office is to prepare Michigan Engineering graduates for success in the global engineering profession by helping all Michigan Engineering students gain international experience. The international experience can help students develop cultural awareness, leadership qualities, communication skills, and professional development.

Contact: Miranda Roberts

Collaborators: Donors, partner universities, industry

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

The WISE program’s goal is to increase the number of women students who choose majors, advanced degrees, and careers in science, mathematics, and engineering. All interested students may participate.

Contact: Cinda-Sue Davis


Dean’s Advisory Committee on Female Faculty (DACFF)

The DACFF assists the Dean by identifying and prioritizing best practices to recruit, retain and promote women faculty members in Michigan Engineering while serving as an advocacy group for women engineering professors.

Contact: Mingyan Liu


Faculty Search Procedures

Michigan Engineering procedures to motivate and assist faculty search committees in creating diverse candidate pools and reducing unconscious bias in assessing candidates.

Contact: Alec Gallimore

Collaborators: U-M ADVANCE

NextProf Future Faculty Workshop

NextProf is a program for doctoral students in or beyond the fourth year of study and postdoctoral scholars who are interested in pursuing academic careers in engineering, who are committed to promoting diversity in higher education, and who are one to three years away from beginning a job search with the ultimate goal of diversifying the face of academia.

Contact: Mary-Ann Mycek

Collaborators: Rackham, LSA, faculty and administrators from engineering schools across the country

Graduate Student Recruitment Programs

Graduate student recruitment programs include application fee waivers; funded visits for approximately 100 undergraduates to the Engineering Graduate Symposium to learn about research and meet faculty; funded department visit weekends for approximately 250 prospective graduate students; funded opportunities for U-M undergraduate students to do summer research (SURE Program); funded opportunities for non-U-M undergraduate students to do summer research (SROP Program, in partnership with Rackham); master’s fellowships (tuition fellowships to incoming masters students, selected using RMF criteria); sponsored interactions that pair graduate students, for example from grad-SWE and SHPE-Grad, and undergraduate students; recruiting at national meetings including SHPE and NSBE. National Sponsor of the 2014 SHPE National Conference (Detroit, November 2014).

Contact: Jeanne Murabito


Graduate Student Retention Programming

Retention programs include workshops on common graduate student concerns; sponsored interactions that pair PhD students with masters students; leadership summit of graduate student society leaders; graduate student community grant program; social events; emergency funding for students; coordination of sponsored fellowship processes.

Contact: Mary-Ann Mycek

Collaborators: Rackham, CEDO, Counseling and Psychological Services, International Center, CRLT Players, etc.

Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC)

Representatives from graduate programs and major graduate student societies identify priorities, help plan activities, and address areas of concern.

Contact: Mary-Ann Mycek



Collaboration with the U-M ADVANCE Program: mandated attendance at STRIDE workshops for Michigan Engineering faculty on search committees; launch committees for all new untenured faculty; leadership coaching for new full professors and new chairs; climate surveys.

Contact: Jennifer Linderman

Collaborators: ADVANCE Program

Center for Entrepreneurship Undergraduate Academic Programs

The Center for Entrepreneurship runs undergraduate academic programs focused on teaching students the mindset and skills needed to innovate in today’s rapidly evolving industries. Students learn about problem solving, networking, team building and more through hands-on entrepreneurial experiences. It has been nationally documented that women and other minorities between the ages of 18 and 24 are very underrepresented in entrepreneurship and business creation. At CFE, our undergraduate students are made up of 30 percent women and 11 percent other minorities, well above the national average. CFE aims to increase those numbers through directed marketing efforts and outreach in the coming year, and is working to further expose students to the importance of understanding underrepresented groups in entrepreneurship through new undergraduate curriculum and opportunities.

Contact: Jonathan Fay

Collaborators: Donors, industry

Center for Entrepreneurship Graduate Academic Programs

Graduate academic programming at the Center for Entrepreneurship has significantly evolved over the past year. CFE’s technology-innovation program is designed to expose students in STEM-based disciplines to entrepreneurial ways of thinking as it relates to technical fields.. In the past year, women represented 27 percent of CFE’s graduate program population and underrepresented minorities made up 16 percent.

Contact: Jonathan Fay

Collaborators: Donors, industry

Center for Entrepreneurship Student Startup Treks

CFE has developed a Startup Trek program with two objectives: bringing students to entrepreneurial hubs to learn about what makes those ecosystems thrive and connecting student startups to alumni and industry partners that can provide mentorship and networks to make them more successful. Every year, CFE takes student startup teams to San Francisco for the Weather Underground Startup Trek (WUST).. CFE’s application team looks to bring a diverse and dynamic group of students on the trek, selecting students with unique cultural backgrounds and perspectives.

Contact: Jonathan Fay

Collaborators: Donors, industry

Michigan Engineering People

People in roles with diversity, equity, and inclusion as a specific aspect of their responsibilities

  • Robert Scott
  • Derrick Scott
  • Mary Beth Damm
  • Elaine Dowell
  • Joanna Woods
  • Cinda-Sue Davis
  • Debbie Taylor
  • Brian Noble
  • Jennifer Linderman
  • Alec Gallimore
  • Jeanne Murabito
  • Darryl Koch
  • Kim Elliott
  • Kerri Boivin
  • Mingyan Liu
  • Tina Truskowski
  • Department Chairs
  • Chairs of all faculty search committees

Michigan Engineering Organizations

Listed below are organizations of students, staff, and faculty within the college that focus on diversity-related issues. Some voluntary student organizations are also included. All organizations are open without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, etc. and comply with the University of Michigan’s nondiscrimination policy.

Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach

CEDO works to (1) create a pool of diverse students who enter Michigan Engineering; (2) foster academic success of diverse students (3) showcase multicultural perspectives in engineering; (4) advocate policies for diversity and inclusion; (5) promote appreciation and understanding of diverse individuals and groups; and (6) demonstrate the importance of multicultural competency.

Contact: Robert Scott

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

The mission of AISES is to substantially increase the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines.


Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science (FEMMES)

FEMMES is a student-led organization which hosts educational outreach programs related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for 4th-6th grade girls from underserved areas. It provides excellent opportunities for faculty and students to serve as role models, provide mentorship, and teach their field of interest to young girls.

Contact: Oleta Johnson

girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (gEECS)

gEECS is an organization dedicated to supporting female students pursuing degrees through the EECS department, including degrees in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.

Contact: Rachael Miller

Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE)

GradSWE plans a plethora of events to help female graduate engineers, and any other interested graduate students, integrate into a successful tenure as a graduate student.

Contact: Elizabeth Dreyer

Ensemble of CSE Ladies (ECSEL)

ECSEL is a new organization to support graduate women students in Computer Science and Engineering.

Contact: Shruti Padmanabha


Ingenieros is a student-based organization committed to providing an environment for the practice of Spanish language skills. It also aims to encourage the understanding and celebration of Hispanic culture not only in Michigan Engineering, but also in the University of Michigan as a whole.


Jewish Engineering Association (JEngA)

JEngA provides a community for Jewish undergraduate and graduate students while promoting the awareness and development of Jews in the field of engineering.

Contact: Brianna Wolin

Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA)

KSEA is an organization that promotes academic networking and professional development among Korean-American students in the science and engineering fields.


Michigan Baja Race Team

The Michigan Baja Race Team is an entirely student-run competition team housed within Michigan Engineering. Every year the team designs and manufactures an entirely new race vehicle from the ground up. This effort takes a variety of skilled and ambitious team members who design all of the system components in CAD and integrate them together. These systems include the frame, drivetrain and transmission, fuel system, suspension, brakes, panels, and guards. Student team members are responsible for raising donations and working with material and manufacturing sponsors in the area.

Contact: Justin Lopas

Movement of Underrepresented Sisters in Engineering and Science (MUSES)

MUSES is an organization designed to provide a unique support structure for women of color pursuing advanced degrees at the University of Michigan.

Contact: Jasmine Jones

MRacing Formula SAE Team

Formula SAE is a collegiate motorsport racing series in which students use technical innovation and advanced engineering analysis to build formula style racecars. Teams design and build a completely new car each year, taking knowledge from previous years and unprecedented innovations out to the track. Fifteen competitions around the world test each team’s designs from every aspect with dynamic, design theory, cost, and business events. This experience in cradle-to-grave applied engineering gives the students a strong competitive advantage after college and prepares them for the best engineering jobs in the world. International competitions also expose the team to different cultures and approaches to engineering.

Contact: Joe Hendrickson

Muslim Engineering Student Association (MESA)

The mission of MESA is to unite Muslim engineering students on campus to create an inclusive community, existing within the scope of the larger Muslim community on campus.

MESA seeks to provide opportunities for Muslim engineering students to know each other, communicate, and collaborate.


National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)

NOBCChE is dedicated to building an eminent cadre of people of color in science and technology.


National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

Contact: Lauren Reeves

Network for Women in Civil and Environmental Engineering (NeW in CEE)

NeW in CEE’s mission is to provide female undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Michigan with the mentorship, support and guidance necessary to achieve excellence in the Civil and Environmental Engineering field.

Contact: Qianru Guo

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (O-STEM)

O-STEM’s mission is to provide networking, professional development, and social activities for undergraduate and graduate LGBTQ and ally students in the fields of engineering, science, technology, and math.

Contact: Sindha Sreedhar

Phi Sigma Rho

Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in engineering and technical science fields.

Contact: Caitlin Millis

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Alumni Association at the University of Michigan

The purpose of this organization is to establish an active social network among the students, scholars, and alumni of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor area.

Contact: Zhiyi Fan

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

SASE’s mission is to prepare Asian scientists and engineers for success in their careers and the global business world. The SASE-UM chapter has a mission to establish an active presence of Asians in engineering and science on campus and engage in the community by emphasizing each individual’s technical skills.

Contact: Linda Wu

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

SHPE empowers the Hispanic community to realize their fullest potential and impacts the world through science, technology, engineering, and math awareness, access, support, and development.

Contact: Javier Jimenez

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers – Graduate Committee (SHPE-Grad)

SHPE-Grad is a student-led organization whose primary goal is to function as a professional and social network for Hispanic/Latino graduate students at the University of Michigan.

Contact: Ana Rioja

Society of Minority Engineers and Scientists – Graduate Component (SMES-G)

The objective of SMES-G is to address critical graduate student issues such as graduate school admissions, balancing research and social life, and deciding between academic and industrial careers as they relate directly to minority students.


Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The mission of SWE is to encourage women to excel as engineers and leaders, and to promote an inclusive community within Michigan Engineering and the profession that fosters universal success in engineering, independent of gender.

Contact: Megan Darby

Unified Minority Mechanical Engineers (UMME)

UMME is established for the recruitment, retention, and successful graduation of its mechanical engineering student members.

Contact: Arinze Nwankwo

Services for Students With Disabilities

Two psychologists from the Services for Students with Disabilities office rotate for weekly office hours in Michigan Engineering. The Office of Student Support and Accountability supports these office hours by providing referrals for students.


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