UVA Engineering Directors of Diversity and Inclusion

UVA Engineering has established Directors of Diversity and Inclusion (DDIs) in each department to advance positive and substantive organizational change at the departmental and school levels.


Directors of Diversity and Inclusion (DDIs) are embedded in each academic department and serve to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion at the departmental, curricular, and extracurricular levels. The DDIs work closely with the Center for Diversity in Engineering to build and sustain connections across departments and among faculty, students, and staff. Notable recent work in this area includes policy changes (e.g. lifting the caps on majors) and improved procedures (e.g. orientation messaging about math placement in conjunction with APMA's improved math placement exam). The foci of DDI work also includes:

•Revising policies (e.g. promotion & tenure, workloads and supports),
•Curricular reform,
•Recruitment and retention of faculty, particularly for those from underrepresented or underserved backgrounds,
•Student support, particularly for those from underrepresented or underserved backgrounds,
•Departmental culture & climate, and physical space.

Current 2020 - 2021 committee members are: 
Bill Epling (CHE)
Keivan Esfarjani (MAE)
David Green (MSE)
Kevin Janes (BME)
Garrick Louis (ESE)
Lynn Mandeltort (Chair) (DO)
Upsorn Praphamontripong (CS)
Ann Reimers (ES)
Keith Williams (ECE)

This regularly updated page collects upcoming events, resources, and opportunities relevant to the DDIs and the engineering school's broader efforts toward a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive culture.

  • Resources for Faculty

    CURRICULUM (RE)DESIGN
    Call for Proposals: Curriculum (Re)Design Grants

    NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS APPLICATIONS DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8th, 2021 
    Please find more information regarding eligibility, funding, expectations, and how to apply HERE

    The Center for Teaching Excellence invites departments, programs, and schools (hereafter “units”) to apply for grants to support significant curriculum design or redesign (hereafter “design”). Successful applicants will receive personalized support from an experienced CTE-led team throughout the curriculum design process and up to $15,000 in funds to support curriculum design efforts. In addition to a CTE faculty member with expertise in curriculum design, the CTE team includes a postdoctoral fellow who can lead curriculum-related data gathering and analysis, as well as partners from the offices of Organizational Excellence (OE) and Institutional Research and Analytics (IRA) who have expertise in managing change and assessment, respectively.

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    Community Read Virtual Panel Discussion January 25th 6pm  
    Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967) 
    Community Read Flyer.pdf
    For more information please visit mlk.virginia.edu 

  • Resources for Students

    Community Read Virtual Panel Discussion January 25th 6pm  
    Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967) 
    Community Read Flyer.pdf
    For more information please visit mlk.virginia.edu 

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    Thanksgiving break is a great time to work on applications! PathwaysToScience.org is an excellent resource for finding both paid summer research programs and fully funded STEM graduate programs. Use the website to search:

    • 630 paid summer research programs for undergrads and grad students, including opportunities funded by NSF, NASA, NOAA, etc.
    • 138 fully funded STEM masters programs
    • 160 fully funded STEM PhD programs

    For help finding programs, view this quick video tutorial on how to use the advanced search page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxKsAGk8dAw&t=16s