Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Purpose/Mission

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The College of Engineering is committed to diversity and inclusion as part of a campus-level strategic plan. UTA is a comprehensive research institution whose mission is the advancement of knowledge and the pursuit of excellence. The University promotes lifelong learning through academic and continuing education programs and the formation of good citizenship through its service learning programs. The diverse student body shares a wide range of cultural values and the University community fosters unity of purpose and cultivates mutual respect. Toward these goals, the College is committed to increasing the number and percentage of under-represented minorities among the students, faculty, and staff, to include people from all cultural and demographic backgrounds.

Demographics Initiatives

Dean Peter E. Crouch 

Dean's Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are proud of the especially diverse nature of our students, one of the distinguishing features of our College. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity for greater dialogue, understanding, and meaningful action around diversity to ensure that our classrooms, laboratories, learning spaces, and living spaces on and off campus are safe havens for all. Anything else is unacceptable.

Unfortunately, the diversity of our student body is not matched by that of our faculty. Both the College and the University are committed to moving the composition of all three components of College faculty, staff and students to one that is a much closer approximation of the diversity of the community in which we live and work. Of particular concern for us is the lack of African-American faculty and staff. It's clear we have a long way to go. Last year, the College earned a Bronze Award — the highest level of recognition — from the American Society for Engineering Education's Diversity Recognition Program. This recognition is a feather in our cap, but we are not resting on this award.

I am committed to continue my efforts to rectify imbalances in diversity of all types across College students, staff and faculty, and to harness University initiatives aimed at the same goal. Over my time in the College, I have garnered support from many individuals in these efforts and I count on your continued support. But now, I challenge each one of you to identify and recommend additional constructive and practical ways to help me and our College in this effort.

Thank you.
Peter Crouch, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering

Goals, Objectives, Priorities

Over the next five years, COE will place particular emphasis on the following priority goals:

  • Improve the mix of undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds by focusing COE recruitment efforts across the United States in locations with higher populations of diverse K-12 students.
  • Develop recruiting materials and practices, such as brochures, postcards and site visits, tailored to diverse applicants that link potential students with current students, alumni, faculty and staff of a similar demographic, including a focus on success stories.
  • Increase graduate student diversity by continuing active recruiting and participation in programs devoted to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Increase faculty diversity by actively recruiting through national searches and opportunity hires.
  • Develop and enhance faculty and student mentoring programs to assist in retention of under-represented minorities and women.

College Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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