Our vision 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.
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is committed to creating and sustaining a multiculturally competent student body, faculty, and staff. We value diversity as a strength critical to our educational mission. We expect every member of our community to contribute to an inclusive and respectful culture for all, in 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.
Our Dean Liesl Folks enthusiastically, and without hesitation, coauthored the Engineering Deans Council Diversity Initiative Letter and we are developing strategies to increase diversity among underrepresented groups by increasing enrollment among talented students from a multitude of backgrounds.
A diverse faculty and student body is a necessary component of a quality education for all students because diversity:
Our diversity plan makes use of institutional data and measures the school’s progress annually. We are 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.
As suggested in the ASEE Diversity Deans Letter, 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