Climate & Inclusivity
Growing and maintaining a diverse culture within the student, staff and faculty populations in an inclusive and supportive environment is the responsibility of leadership, faculty, and administration within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. As such, we are committed to supporting the academic and personal success of students within the welding engineering and materials science and engineering programs by offering lectures, workshops, mentoring, and committees to enhance diversity.
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Climate and Inclusivity Initiatives
- Continue to increase student, faculty and staff representation on the department's Climate and Inclusivity Committee (CIC).
- Social justice content was embedded into the engineering ethics curriculum in Fall 2018.
- All staff, faculty, and GTAs will be required to complete professional development and training as part of the College of Engineering's Action Plan for Racial Equity and Inclusion (Focus Area 1)
- The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers ombuds to field complaints from students, faculty and staff and initiate resolution, if appropriate.
- A department-level internal bias and discrimination reporting system is being created for students, staff and faculty for roll out by the end of Spring 2021 as an alternative to department ombuds.
- A quarterly newsletter, each dedicated to a specific climate and inclusivity theme, is being created and will be made available to all students, staff and faculty by the end of Spring 2021.
- A newly created faculty mentoring program has been organized to help the success of diverse and underserved student populations.
- A member of the department's CIC will serve as a proxy diversity advocate on every search committee for faculty hires beginning Spring 2021.