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Diversity Affairs Office

The Diversity Affairs Office (DAO) is committed to increasing the enrollment and graduation of students traditionally underrepresented in engineering, of which include: African American, target Asian American, Latino/a American, Native American and women of all ethnicities). It develops and supports programs designed to recruit and retain undergraduate and graduate students, and provides assistance to individuals in achieving their academic, career and personal goals.

Mission: To support the COE commitment to developing the best teaching and learning environment by promoting a diverse academic environment and serving as the primary advocate for all students traditionally underrepresented in Engineering.

Academic Support

Advising. DAO provides academic advising, and referral services to promote academic excellence.

Financial Assistance. DAO provides qualified students with limited financial support. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for continued funding.

Social and Organizational Support

Once a month, DAO hosts a meeting open to all College of Engineering students from underrepresented groups designed to promote community within the college. Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) is open to all students interested in a diverse learning community.

The office also supports the efforts of the following student-run organizations: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the National Society for Black Engineers (WBESS–NSBE) and the Hmong Association of Engineers (HAE).


Pre-college Recruitment

Each summer the Diversity Affairs Office sponsors a six-week pre-college Engineering Summer Program (ESP). ESP offers traditionally underrepresented students the opportunity to acquire skills necessary to do well in engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison or elsewhere. ESP is open to students who are high school juniors and seniors.

The Diversity Affairs Office also directs the engineering component of the Pre-College Enrichment Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) for 9th and 10th grade high school students and is meant to strengthen academic skills with enrichment activities extending into the academic year. Incoming college freshman may participate in Summer Collegiate Experience—an academic bridge to the first year of engineering studies.

Promoting Cultural Awareness

The Diversity Affairs Office in cooperation with other offices and departments develops programs and provides services designed to create a climate conducive to academic excellence, personal growth, and development, and to welcoming and celebrating diversity. The DAO staff is committed to fostering positive social, academic, and cultural interaction among faculty, staff, and students.

For more information, please contact: Diversity Affairs Office, College of Engineering, Room 101, 1410 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1691; 608-890-1403.