Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Expanding the engineering profession to all
At UCLA, diversity is an indispensable element of academic excellence. The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering is committed to providing a more equitable, diverse, inclusive and nurturing learning environment. We strive to achieve a diverse student and faculty body, with programs designed to complement a rigorous engineering education for anyone with the talent and the desire to succeed. A population rich in diversity expands the range of knowledge, experiences and viewpoints, leading to innovative new solutions that otherwise would not be possible.
Awareness to Action, or A2A, is an engineering inclusion initiative created by the Women in Engineering (WE@UCLA ) team. This two-part, interactive, multimedia workshop offered as part of the school’s curriculum includes lecture, videos, small group exercises and role-play to demonstrate the need for inclusion in engineering and computer science, and to emphasize an engineer’s and computer scientist’s responsibility to society. Assessment data derived from the workshop show that participants gain a better understanding of the need for inclusion in engineering and computer science, and that they learn to practice courageous conversations and become more aware of some of the challenges faced by those who are underrepresented in engineering and computer science.
Over the next decade, we hope to double the percentage of underrepresented minorities and increase the percentage of women in both our student body and our faculty.
Building upon its commitment to foster an inclusive and more equitable environment and promote the success of underrepresented students, UCLA Samueli invites applications for multiple open rank tenure-track faculty positions in one or more of our departments: Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, as well as our newly affiliated department of Computational Medicine. Applicants must have a demonstrated record of, or show exceptional promise for, mentorship of students from underrepresented and underserved populations, research, teaching, and professional development. For the program launch and the recruitment of the first three faculty members in 2021, please read the announcement.
The UCLA Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity, known as CEED, works with a community of partners to ensure equity and parity in the K-20 pathways that lead to engineering and computing degrees.
The CEED Program seeks to create a community of collaborative and sustainable partnerships that increase academic opportunities for urban, disadvantaged and underrepresented students on the pre-college, undergraduate and graduate levels.
CEED supports its students by providing academic support, scholarships, research experience, and professional and leadership development. On the pre-college level, the program partners with 22 middle and high schools in the greater Los Angeles area to offer academic support, exposure to the engineering and computer science role models and opportunities to learn more about engineering and computer science through hands-on projects, workshops and classes.
Students do not apply to CEED. They are nominated based on a holistic review of their UCLA admission application and how their academic and professional pursuits can best be supported by the program.
The UCLA Women in Engineering program, known as WE@UCLA, is an institutionalized student support program run by a full-time professional staff within the Dean’s office at UCLA Samueli. The mission is to enable the full participation, success and advancement of women in engineering and computer science. WE@UCLA does not require membership and is open to all UCLA Samueli students.
American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA)
Association for Computing Machinery-Women (ACM-W)
IEEE Women Advancing Technology through Teamwork (WATT)
Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association at UCLA (BruinKSEA)
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Pilipinos in Engineering and Science (PIES)
Queer and Trans in STEM (QTSTEM)
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
GradSWE at UCLA
GradSWE stands for the graduate student committee of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) UCLA section.
Full List of UCLA Samueli Student Clubs & Organizations
UCLA Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Incident Report (e.g. Title IX, Civil Rights, and Discrimination Prevention)
We would like to acknowledge our corporate partners whose support has enabled our various equity, diversity and inclusion efforts and progress.
Cisco Systems, Inc.
DeepMind Technologies Ltd.
Global Semiconductor Alliance
Northrop Grumman Corporation
PPG Industries, Inc.
Quinstar Technology Inc.
Southern California Edison
The Boeing Company
After a 22-year career at Southern California Edison (SCE) and three years in academia, UCLA chemical engineering alumna Lisa Cagnolatti ’83 will be
UCLA’s American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) won Chapter of the Year for Professional Development Award at the 2021 AISES National Conference.
When Leticia Solis ’90 was 14 years old, her older sister took her to a Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) conference at UCLA. It was there that Solis first learned what an engineer does and
When Jayathi Murthy began her undergraduate studies at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, (IITK) in the 1970s, she was one of only two women in her class of more than 250 students.
When Evelyn Cortez-Davis ’92 was 12 years old, she and her family fled El Salvador, traveling through Guatemala and Mexico to reach Los Angeles.
While the rest of the world shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ileana Callejas ’18, M.S. ’19 kept busy studying how the sudden drop in tourism was affecting the waters off the coast of Belize.