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.
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
Achuta Kadambi, an assistant professor at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, published a column in the journal Science about how medical devices can be fundamentally biased
COVID-19 has forced much of student life online, but this has not deterred UCLA’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) from making progress on their community development initiatives, both within the U.S. and across the globe.
More than 5,000 elementary through high school students in East Africa will soon have new science laboratory kits thanks to a recent American Physical Society award to Women Supporting Women in the Sciences (WS2).
UCLA Electrical Engineer Receives NSF CAREER Award to Develop More Inclusive Light-based Technologies
Achuta Kadambi, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award, the agency’s highest honor
UCLA’s ACM AI Podcast Addresses AI and Diversity, Featuring Guests from Underrepresented Communities
From dispelling myths about artificial intelligence to promoting the field with prospective students, the podcast “You Belong in All!” has much to offer to its listeners.
COVID-19 has not stopped UCLA student organization Building Engineers and Mentors (BEAM) from bringing hands-on, complimentary STEM lessons and activities to underserved K-8 schools across Los Angeles.