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The Office of Diversity & Women’s Programs

The Office of Diversity and Women's Programs at the KU School of Engineering helps students with academics, networking, leadership skills and scholarships.

Involving a variety of viewpoints often produces a better — more sound — design. With that in mind, business and industry today understand the value of involving people from a variety of backgrounds.

An overwhelming shortage of underrepresented minority and women students in engineering schools prompted many colleges and universities to establish programs that encourage these traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue careers in engineering. The University of Kansas' School of Engineering initially responded to this shortage in 1971 by establishing the Student Council for Recruiting Motivating and Educating Black Engineers, SCoRMEBE.

That very focused program has since expanded to include the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and the Women in Engineering Program, all of which are guided by the Office of Diversity & Women's Programs within the School of Engineering.

The office provides leadership training opportunities; advice, support and motivation; scholarships for outstanding students; outreach opportunities; and connections with prospective employers.

KU Engineering stands alongside leading national engineering schools that have signed the ASEE’s Diversity Pledge, affirming this need and our commitment to a “notable increase in diversity in enrollments, retention and graduation rates of engineering students, and increased diversity in our faculty and in the engineering workforce” over the next decade.  We have already taken actions and made strides to fulfill this promise by increasing women engineering faculty and women engineering students. 

About Andrew Williams, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

 

The Office of Diversity & Women’s Programs
KU School of Engineering
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
LEEP2, Room 1415J
785-864-3620
andrew.williams@ku.edu

Hello, my name is Dr. Andrew Williams. I am the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the School of Engineering, where I also conduct humanoid robotics and artificial intelligence research as a Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  I oversee our Diversity and Women’s programs, which includes the student chapters of the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.  Our office is committed to community and K-12 school outreach, recruiting and retaining diverse engineering students, and supporting faculty in making the KU School of Engineering inclusive, equitable, and diverse.  Our message to you is that you belong here and we value you and all that you bring to make the KU School of Engineering a world-class organization.

 


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