University of Delaware | DIVERSITY STATEMENT
As prepared by the Diversity and Equity Commission and The President’s Diversity Initiative
The University of Delaware’s educational mission is to prepare students to live in an increasingly interconnected and diverse world. To do so, we are committed to fostering a robust educational environment that supports critical thinking, free inquiry, and an understanding of diverse views and values. We see diversity as a core value and guiding principle for our educational mission and thus must work to make diversity an integral part of everyday life on campus. To this end, we take diversity to mean both the recognition and appreciation of the different backgrounds, values, and ideas of those who comprise our campus, as well as a commitment to ensuring that all people on our campus are treated according to principles of fairness, civility, dignity, and equity. We are committed to building an educational community that understands people from different backgrounds and economic circumstances, with different needs, and from diverse personal and philosophical beliefs. We want to make all people who are part of the University feel welcome and valued in campus life.
The UD College of Engineering is committed to broadening participation and fostering inclusion among its students, faculty, and staff. A more diverse and inclusive College supports academic excellence by expanding the talent pool we draw from, facilitating creativity and innovation, and helping us better serve a diverse society. To achieve this goal, we seek to identify and break down barriers that have systematically, though often unintentionally, inhibited full participation by all. We have a broad-based effort underway, with more than 40 faculty, staff, students actively and meaningfully engaged through four working groups focused on faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and staff, respectively.
Our College of Engineering has a long tradition of commitment to minority engineering education, with the Resources to Insure Successful Engineers (RISE) program as an outstanding example.
Summer Program – FAME – A 4-week summer residential program to increase the participation of minorities in engineering and other science professions.
At the graduate level, we actively participate in the GEM consortium, a national consortium for graduate degrees for minorities in engineering and science. Our efforts to increase minority enrollment at the graduate level have recently been recognized by a grant from the Sloan Foundation.
We encourage any questions about our under-represented groups undergraduate or graduate educational programs – please contact either: