Engineering is a profession that strives to improve the quality of life for all of society and all people need to be represented in the field. Societal Engineers impact all of society and the Boston University College of Engineering is committed to expanding diversity, promoting inclusion and creating an environment in which students, faculty and staff can thrive.

Engineering Anti-Racism @ BU

Mission: To derive and implement informed actions to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the College of Engineering

Let’s Talk About Anti-Racism

The College sponsors a book club that aims to open discussion among faculty, staff and students about racism and ways to counter it. Members of the College of Engineering community are welcome to join or propose a book, article, or podcast for discussion.  

Support for Student Affinity Groups

The College supports BU organizations for women, students of color and LGBTQIA students, including chapters of national organizations.

Boston University National Society of Black Engineers (BU NSBE)

Boston University Society of Women Engineers (BU SWE)

BU Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE)

Minority and International Scientists Organization (MISO)

Out in STEM (oSTEM)

Society for SHPE- BostonU 

Society of Women Engineers for Graduate Students (BU GradSWE)

Underrepresented Graduate Student Organization (UGSO)

Resources for Current Students, Staff and Faculty

Diversity and Inclusion at Boston University

Undergraduate scholarships and tips on applying

Graduate fellowships and tips on applying

Confidentially report a concern to the Office of the Ombuds ( or leave a confidential message at 617-358-5960 )

The Office of the Ombuds remains open and available to support the BU community. To mitigate health risks, we will be available by remote access only. To schedule a phone or Zoom meeting, please contact us at or leave a confidential message at 617-358-5960. You do not need to provide your name, or any identifiable information, but please leave a phone number where the Ombuds may reach you privately.

Welcoming All Students

We attend many regional and national events and conferences with recruiting components to amplify the diversity of our faculty and graduate students applicant pool. Below is a partial list. Applicants to College of Engineering graduate programs who have participated in these conferences are eligible to have their application fee waived. Some of these include:  

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

GEM Annual Meeting & Conference

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Ronald E McNair Heartland Research Conference         

Society for Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Tapia Conference in Computing