Diversity & Women's Programs
Student organizations are an important part of the KU success story. They are a natural means for leadership development, and mentoring as well as outreach opportunities. At KU the focus is on underrepresented minorities in engineering fields – blacks, Hispanics, American Indians and Pacific islanders (for example, Hawaiian or Samoan).
National Society of Black Engineers
The KU chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers was formed in the early '70s. The national organization, with more than 10,000 members, is one of the largest student-run organizations in the country.
The KU chapter closely follows NSBE's mission, which is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively affect the community. NSBE comprises more than 300 chapters on college and university campuses and more than 80 alumni extension chapters and interest groups in the United States, Asia, Canada, Africa, England and the Caribbean. The chapters are divided geographically into six regions.
Learn more about the National Society of Black Engineers
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in California by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form an organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community.
The KU student chapter of SHPE began in the early '90s and has continued to thrive as a major organization within the School of Engineering.
The concept of networking was the key basis for the organization. SHPE quickly established student chapters to begin the network that would grow to encompass the United States, as well as other countries. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation.
Learn more about the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society's mission is "to substantially increase the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines."
The University of Kansas chapter holds its meeting with the AISES chapter of Haskell Indian Nations University also in Lawrence.
Learn more about the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
To learn more, contact Florence Boldridge, firstname.lastname@example.org, Director Diversity & Women’s Programs, 785-864-3620.
Women in Engineering Program
Although women have been graduating from the KU School of Engineering for generations, the need for more women engineers in industry and government is still great.
More than 30 years ago the KU School of Engineering established a student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. The society is a nonprofit educational and service organization that works to encourage more women to pursue rewarding careers in engineering. The organization empowers women to succeed and advance in that aspiration and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as women engineers and leaders.
The KU SWE chapter is very active and contributes to community efforts, has established a mentoring program, and participates in outreach and fund-raising activities throughout the year.
Women in Engineering Advisor
Director Diversity & Women’s Programs