Diversity & Inclusion
Dean Satish Udpa’s Statement on Diversity & Inclusion
The College of Engineering is a highly diverse community of faculty, staff, and students who come from 57 countries and every state in the U.S. And we are committed to fostering an inclusive environment for each one of these individuals.
In the classroom, our students gain a solid understanding of engineering principles. But they are also immersed in real-world problem-solving activities in a team-based environment. Working closely with teammates who come from diverse cultures or have vastly differing backgrounds, students are exposed to ideas unlike their own. As a result, they learn to respect each other, accept others’ viewpoints, and develop cross-cultural relationships. Some may also choose the Engineering Residential Experience option—a community where students from different backgrounds come together to live, learn, and socialize.
These diverse learning opportunities go far beyond the MSU campus. In fact, they often go beyond U.S. borders. We encourage all of our students to gain international experience—through one of our formal study abroad programs, or by traveling overseas to work on special projects with professors and other students. We take a global approach to problem solving, developing solutions that will have a profound impact on the lives of individuals not only in our local communities, but around the world.
Students may also take advantage of the many supportive services that have been developed to ensure academic, personal, and professional success. Resources include the Diversity Programs Office, which offers a free Guided Learning Center along with many other programs and services; Women in Engineering, which hosts programs and activities that help students make connections and offers general support while students are obtaining an engineering degree; and The Center, which assists with placement in internships, co-ops, and part-time jobs, as well as career development.
Our role is to ensure that all of our Spartan Engineers have equal access to the tools they need to reach their full potential. And we embrace that role. Working together, our students will become successful engineers of the 21st century and they’ll be able to realize their dreams of making the world a better place to live.
Offices and Programs
- Diversity Programs Office
- Women In Engineering
- Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP)
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
- American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
- National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
- American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
- Women in Computing
- Society of Women Engineers
- Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
- National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM)
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (SLOAN)
- Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Minority Graduate Application Fee Waiver
- Major Engineering Graduate Fellowships
- Grants for Women
- MSU Office for Inclusion
- MSU Department of Student Life - Registered Student Organizations
- MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities
- MSU Black Graduate Student Association
- MSU Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association
- MSU Lesbian, Bi, Gay, Transgender Student Organizations
- National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Fellowship Program
- Post-Docs.Com Fellowships
- Future Engineers