Outreach and Diversity
Boston University has a long-standing commitment to 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 ranging from K-12 outreach programs to faculty leadership training, the College strives to include historically underrepresented groups to create a talented and versatile engineering community that is supportive to all members.
K-12 Outreach Programs
Engaging the engineers of tomorrow is critical to our society’s technological future. In order to increase the number of women and traditionally underrepresented groups’ interest in engineering, the college of Engineering offers many outreach programs. The goal of these programs is to increase interest and excitement in engineering and show students how imperative engineering is to solve real-world problems.
We offer numerous outreach programs including
- Our signature Technology Innovation Scholars Program (TISP): We train undergraduate engineering students to present lessons and lead interactive hands-on experiences at K-12 schools and community-based education organizations.
- Our TISP students also help prepare local secondary students to compete in the Regional FIRST® Robotics competition, which we host on campus.
- UDesign day camps for middle school aged youth: Each summer, we host four sessions of summer camps where participants learn about engineering through hands-on problem solving activities. Learn more about our U-Design program.
- A brand new science museums outreach initiative: we are currently developing hands-on activity kits to engage museum visitors about heart tissue engineering research happening in our new Engineering Research Center, CELL-MET
The Boston University College of Engineering works with schools and other educational organizations to bring the excitement of engineering to young people.
One of the foundational goals of the office of Outreach and Diversity in the college of engineering is to increase the number of number of women and traditionally underrepresented groups who enter the field of engineering. Thus, our K-12 outreach efforts along with our university-based programs focus on supporting this development. We accomplish this goal through:
- Supporting the development of affinity groups
- Leading trainings around navigating and embracing difference
- Spearheading the development of a research agenda in order to better understand how to support Engineering Identity development in undergraduate and K-12 students
2019 ASEE Diversity Recognition Program
The College has been nationally recognized for its commitment to diversity by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) with a Bronze Level award in the inaugural ASEE Diversity Recognition Program. This program was created to recognize engineering and engineering technology colleges that make significant and measurable progress in increasing the diversity, inclusion, and degree attainment outcomes of their programs. Learn More
Affinity Student Clubs
Our diverse students hail from across the US and around the world, and participate in many student clubs, including:
Women in Science & Engineering
Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (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.
National Society of Black Engineers (Minority Engineers Society)
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.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
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.
National GEM Consortium
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.
The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (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.
Society of Women Engineers
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.