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The University at Buffalo (UB) School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is committed to creating and sustaining a multiculturally competent student body, faculty, and staff. UB SEAS values diversity as a strength critical to its educational mission. UB SEAS expects every member of our community to contribute to an inclusive and respectful culture for all, in its classrooms, work environments, and at campus events.
The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) declared 2014-15 a “year of action in diversity,” and challenged the Deans of U.S. Schools of Engineering to take affirmative and meaningful steps to increase opportunity for women and underrepresented students. ASEE recognized, as does the University at Buffalo, that we still have work to do to significantly increase the participation of women, African-American, Latino/a and Native American students in engineering. UB SEAS Dean Liesl Folks enthusiastically, and without hesitation, signed the Engineering Deans Council Diversity Initiative Letter and we aim to develop strategies to increase diversity among underrepresented groups by increasing enrollment among talented students from a multitude of backgrounds.
Our vision in UB SEAS is to create an inclusive and diverse community that allows our students, faculty and staff to create, discover and disseminate knowledge within our discipline, that benefits our region, our state, our nation and the world.
Our diversity plan will make use of institutional data and measure the school’s progress annually. UB SEAS is committed to improving diversity in all forms to achieve a minimum of 30 percent female students and 12 percent underrepresented minorities of the incoming freshman class by 2020.
We will continue to develop our plan with input from national organizations that are committed to diversity in engineering and measure our success by an increase in the matriculation, retention and graduation of underrepresented students.
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Diversity
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
208 Davis Hall
Phone: (716) 645-0972
For me, diversity is also about attitudes, mindsets, viewpoints and ways of thinking that promote inclusivity that brings out the best features in the human experience.”
Eric Bloch Endowed Chair
Department of Materials Design and Innovation