While Stanford’s School of Engineering is known for its academic excellence, few realize that one of our greatest strengths comes from our goals towards equity, inclusion, and diversity. Engineering Diversity Programs (EDP) seek to achieve excellence, equity, and diversity for all engineering students at Stanford by recruiting, retaining, and graduating diverse students.
EDP Services, Resources, Funding, and Advising
EDP provides services to four groups of students:
(1) Pre College
Faculty and alumni are involved in each of these areas of support.
Through involvement in EDP, over 3,000 diversity students have been assisted annually in their academic, professional, and individual development. They have assumed careers in industry, academia, government, and non-profit organizations.
Our academic assistance includes sponsored programs like Additional Calculus for Engineers (ACE), Summer Session Grants (SSG), the Stanford Summer Engineering Academy (SSEA), Co-Term Fellowships, SoE Department Excellence and Diversity Fellowships, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF), Graduate and Professional Peer Advising (GP2A), Pre-College Math and Computer Science Logic Institute, and individual tutorials upon request. EDP provides guidance and professional advising that is culturally and ethnically responsive.
EDP also sponsors one of the premier and largest undergraduate and graduate engineering and science related Opportunity Job Fairs in the country (OJF). It is co-sponsored for all students by the Engineering Dean’s Office in partnership with the Society of Black Scientists and Engineers (SBSE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Stanford Society of Latino Engineers (SOLE/SHPE/MAES), and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).
One of the great strengths of any educational system lies in having a student body that is both highly qualified and diverse.
To implement all these services, resources, events and activities, committed and dedicated staff run the EDP:
Dr. Noe Pablo Lozano, the Associate Dean of the School of
Martha Escalera, Administrative Manager of School of Engineering
Martha Jeanne "MJ" Schmidhauser, Accounting Associate for
Both the undergraduate and graduate EDP resources are successful at attracting students, retaining them in engineering, helping them graduate, and assisting them in their placement. Over 100 underrepresented minority students and 330 women students graduate from Stanford in engineering annually with BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees, including double-digit Ph.D. diversity graduates.
Without external support from our friends EDP cannot flourish. It is successful because of the collaboration we receive from faculty, staff, students and friends as partners in this challenging engineering educational endeavor. Stanford deserves to be proud of its diversity efforts, and these EDP partnerships bode well for promoting the next generation of new initiatives and improvements. The diversity in engineering programs reached one milestone; our undergraduate SoE enrollments for URMs look very much like the diversity that we find at the national population level. We expect to reach a comparable goal for the MS, Ph.D. and faculty diversity in the near future.