Diversity and Engagement
Addressing society's complex challenges will require everyone's talents and perspectives. The vision for UVA Engineering's diversity efforts, led by the Office of Diversity and Engagement, is to harness the strategic value of diversity, inclusion and engagement in UVA Engineering's educational and research programs. We are cultivating an environment in which every person is optimally valued and supported, so our students, faculty and staff can make their best contributions to society.
"At UVA Engineering, we're not pursuing diversity for diversity's sake. We're pursuing strategic diversity, and that is diversity to achieve a strategic goal. Our strategic goal is to be excellent - to be the best Engineering School we can be - so that we can provide excellent service and value to society."John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity and Engagement provides a vision of strategic diversity for the School of Engineering, supports diversity initiatives benefiting the School and University, and seeks external support for diversity research and education. The office also operates the Center for Diversity in Engineering, a student support center.
UVA Engineering is proud to be the top public engineering school in the country for women earning engineering degrees, and for four-year graduation rates for all student demographic groups. However, much more work is ahead to ensure we achieve our vision for harnessing the strategic value of diversity, building an environment in which every person is optimally valued and supported, and ensuring that students, faculty and staff are empowered to make outstanding contributions to society.
The Office of Diversity and Engagement is tackling these challenges in multiple ways: