Outreach, Diversity, STEM

Boston University has a long-standing commitment to maintaining the recruitment, advancement and support of a diverse community of faculty, staff and students in all of our educational and research programs and practices. By developing an extensive network from K-12 summer programs to faculty leadership training, the College strives to include historically underrepresented groups to develop a creative, talented and versatile engineering community that is supportive to all members.

The faculty of the College of Engineering affirms its long-standing commitment to diversity in all of our educational and research programs and practices. Equity for, and inclusion of, historically underrepresented groups in engineering are critical to developing a creative, effective, and versatile workforce. We are proud that we have a significantly higher fraction of women engineering undergraduates than the national average and we look forward to continuing increases in the level of participation of women and minorities in all aspects of college life.

To learn more about any of these diversity programs at the College, please contact Assistant Dean for Outreach & Diversity Stacey Freeman at svfree@bu.edu.


K-12 Outreach Programs

Engaging the engineers of tomorrow is critical to our society’s technological future. To share the excitement of engineering—and show how math and creativity can solve real-world problems—the College of Engineering reaches out to people of all ages.

  • We offer numerous outreach programs We foster potential engineers by training undergraduates to become Technology Innovation Scholars (TISP) who visit K–12 schools to excite young people about becoming engineers.
  • TISP students help prepare local secondary students to compete in the Regional FIRST® Robotics competition, which we host on campus.
  • We offer a dual-degree program STEM Educator-Engineer Program to undergraduates interested in combining their love of engineering with a secondary school teaching degree.

Student Clubs

Our diverse students hail from across the US and around the world, and participate in many student clubs, including:

WISE WISE provides opportunities for women faculty in science and engineering to network, mentor, and access leadership training. Learn more here.

GWISE  GWISE strives to create a social and professional network that fosters interactions among graduate women across the many science and engineering disciplines here at BU. Learn more here.

NSBE NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. Learn more here.


SHPE’s mission is to promote the development of Hispanics in engineering, science and other technical professions to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity and social equity. Learn more here.

GEM Partnering with BU since 1976, the National GEM Consortium seeks to increase the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science. With university partners in Boston, BU founded the GEM GRAD LAB, designed to inform and motivate students from STEM fields to understand the importance of obtaining a graduate degree, which is now replicated nationwide. Learn more here.

SASE SASE helps Asian-heritage scientific and engineering professionals achieve their full potential through activities such as networking, panel discussions, company visits, and lectures. Learn more here.

SWE The SWE mission is to encourage women to achieve potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity. Learn more here.

LERNet/Summer Pathways This is a one-week, immersive, residential summer STEM enrichment program administered by the College of Arts & Sciences, and designed for young women who are entering their junior or senior year in high school and are interested in science, math and engineering. Learn more here.

Artemis The Artemis Project is a five-week summer program directed by LERNet and administered by College of Arts & Sciences and College of Engineering undergraduate women at Boston University. Artemis introduces high school girls to computer science and engineering, sparking their interest at a critical age. Learn more here.