UVA Engineering Directors of Diversity Equity and Inclusion

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


Directors of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DDEIs) are embedded in each academic department and serve to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion at the departmental, curricular, and extracurricular levels. The DDEIs 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 DDEI 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)
Chloe Dedic (MAE)
David Green (MSE)
Mete Civelek (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 DDEIs and the engineering school's broader efforts toward a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive culture.

  • Resources for Faculty

    Asian American Advocacy and Mutual Aid Organizations Doc
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    Stanford researchers identify four causes for ‘Zoom fatigue’ and their simple fixes
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    Bolstering Support for Female and Minority STEM Students
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    Black History Month: Highlighting African American Engineers
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    Webinar Series on Inclusion in Science 
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    This 3x3 video series is inspired by stories from the UVA community and can be used to stimulate self-reflection or group discussion. (UVA Netbadge required) https://provost.virginia.edu/subsite/uvaacts/3x3-video-series
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    Alternative Grading: Practices to Support Both Equity and Learning
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    Experiential Learning Funds
    Experiential Learning is learning by doing something on your own. For nearly 10 years the Experiential Learning Funds have supported extracurricular design/implement engineering projects in which students learn through real world experience, often in the spirit of competition. These funds, totaling up to $100,000 per year, result from the commitment of a donor to realizing the potential of hands-on student learning at the University of Virginia. They have in recent years supported Virginia Motorsports, the Cybersecurity team, the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team, Hoos Flying, Mars Mining. EL Funds have also supported all manner of engineering concepts conceived by students, including engineering projects that promote equity, diversity, and justice, and to engage in community projects. 
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    Trauma - Aware Teaching Checklist 
    This doc lives at:  https://bit.ly/traumachecklist.
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    Teaching Continuity Syllabi Modifications
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    Workshop: UVA Acts Performance - Inclusive Teaching Toolkit: First Days
    Please find all offerings of this Interactive online session open to all UVA instructors on CTE's Workshop and Events page HERE
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    Center for Teaching Excellence Connected Blog Post
    Alternative Grading: Practices to Support Both Equity and Learning
    (Sign up at the bottom of the page if interested in receiving updates directly to your email)  
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    EVENT: AAC&U 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference; March 24 - 26, 2021. Please find more information HERE. (See call for proposal information below.) 

    AAC&U invites proposals for strategy sessions, workshops, facilitated discussions, and posters at "Upholding These Truths: Equity, Diversity, and Democracy," the 2021 Virtual Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. 
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  • Resources for Students

    Asian American Advocacy and Mutual Aid Organizations Doc
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    Stanford researchers identify four causes for ‘Zoom fatigue’ and their simple fixes
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    Black History Month: Highlighting African American Engineers
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    Webinar Series on Inclusion in Science 
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    Experiential Learning Funds
    Experiential Learning is learning by doing something on your own. For nearly 10 years the Experiential Learning Funds have supported extracurricular design/implement engineering projects in which students learn through real world experience, often in the spirit of competition. These funds, totaling up to $100,000 per year, result from the commitment of a donor to realizing the potential of hands-on student learning at the University of Virginia. They have in recent years supported Virginia Motorsports, the Cybersecurity team, the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team, Hoos Flying, Mars Mining. EL Funds have also supported all manner of engineering concepts conceived by students, including engineering projects that promote equity, diversity, and justice, and to engage in community projects. 

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    Virginia - North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation (VA - NC Alliance) Summer Research Program
    May 31st - July 28th, 2020  
    The Virginia - North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation (VA - NC Alliance) seeks highly motivated undergraduate students majoring in a STEM field to apply to the 2020 Summer Research Program. Students are expected to devote at least 40 hours per week to research and other program activities. Emphasis is placed on conducting research in a lab setting where well-defined research goals, frequent communication, and significant contributions from multiple researchers are central to the success of a given project
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    EVENT: AAC&U 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference; March 24 - 26, 2021. Please find more information HERE. (See call for proposal information below.) 

    AAC&U invites proposals for strategy sessions, workshops, facilitated discussions, and posters at "Upholding These Truths: Equity, Diversity, and Democracy," the 2021 Virtual Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. 

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    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