Carnegie Mellon University

Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach Committee

The mission of the ECE Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach committee is to support the faculty and staff in ensuring an environment where every student, regardless of ethnicity, orientation, or circumstance, feels welcomed and given every opportunity to not only succeed but to thrive. The committee also aids coordination of faculty, staff and student outreach activities that work to share the excellence of the department with K-12, and potential graduate students.

GraceHopper

National Society of Black Engineers

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Tapia Conference

 

Women in ECE (WinECE) @CMU

Society of Women Engineers @CMU

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) @CMU

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers @CMU

Diversity Center

College of Engineering diversity plan

CMU-Howard program

Ford Foundation

The National GEM Consortium

National Science Foundation

Human Resources Development Program Guide

The ECE Diversity Committee has created an anonymous feedback form for students. This form is intended to gather feedback from students on the department's climate or on a specific course, be it positive or negative feedback. The department would like to ensure a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment for all and we welcome your feedback on what we are doing right or wrong as a department or in a course.

Please complete this form once per experience/general feedback that you wish to share. You may complete it as many times as you would like. The responses to this form will be monitored by the faculty and staff on the ECE Diversity Committee.

Click here to provide your feedback.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering department celebrates students whose actions and activities advance our institutional commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive academic environment where all students can thrive. Through the ECE Diversity Awards, ECE recognizes extraordinary student contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion across the CMU community and throughout the greater Pittsburgh area.

What are the ECE Diversity Awards?

The ECE Diversity Awards provides an opportunity for the entire ECE community – students, faculty, and staff – to nominate ECE students who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The awards are comprehensive, observing exceptional impact and contribution across various aspects of campus life and culture. One of the goals of the application process is to elevate the conversation of excellence outside of the classroom that makes ECE one of the premier engineering departments in the nation.

ECE Diversity Awards categories

Two awards are conferred each academic year:

Commitment to DEI Award

This award honors a student who demonstrates dedication and continuing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural competency at CMU.

Nominees for this award should meet at least 2 of the following criteria:

  • Commitment to self-education (attending workshops, trainings, book clubs, etc.)
  • Active involvement in community outreach efforts to promote DEI awareness or advocacy
  • Dedication to promoting social justice, dignity, and equity at CMU or in the broader community
  • Demonstrates leadership in DEI efforts

Unsung Hero Award

This award honors a student who goes above and beyond what is required of them in their daily life to demonstrate passion and enthusiasm for promoting an inclusive and equitable environment for all. This student may fly under the radar and need not always be the “banner waver” but has shown to be an asset to the CMU community.

Nominees for this award should meet the following criteria:

  • Commitment to self-education (attending workshops, trainings, book clubs, etc.)
  • Active involvement in community outreach efforts to promote DEI awareness or advocacy
  • Dedication to promoting social justice, dignity, and equity at CMU or in the broader community
  • Demonstrates passion and commitment to DEI efforts regardless of holding a leadership position

Eligibility requirements

Any active, declared ECE undergraduate or graduate student is eligible to be nominated for an ECE Diversity Award. This includes undergraduate students, Master’s students, and PhD students. Please note that a nominee does not need to meet the award criteria within a specific time frame, but any time during or around their tenure at CMU.

How to nominate

Any ECE community member – student, faculty, or staff – may nominate an ECE student for an ECE Diversity Award. Self-nominations are also accepted for consideration.

ECE community members may submit an online application form during the open application period between November and February of a given academic year.

Award provisions

Finalists are bestowed with a $1,000 award and will be formally recognized at an ECE awards ceremony.

Nomination deadline

The open application period for the ECE Diversity Awards is between November 1 and April 1 of a given academic year.

Committee members

The ECE Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach (DIO) committee consists of faculty and staff dedicated to the needs of our student members of our community, especially those backgrounds that are not traditionally associated with our discipline (i.e., women and underrepresented minorities). Each member of the DIO committee is dedicated to making themselves available on a regular basis for all ECE undergraduate and graduate students. These open office hours are meant to provide students a safe space to discuss any topic that is relevant to them.

Shawn Blanton

Shawn Blanton

Brittany Bristoll

Brittany Bristoll

Olga Gikundiro Buki

Olga Gikundiro Buki

Limin Jia

Limin Jia

Arleyna Loss

Arleyna Loss

Priya Narasimhan

Priya Narasimhan

Kimmy Nguyen

Kimmy Nguyen

Holly Skovira

Holly Skovira

Nathan Snizaski

Nathan Snizaski

Rich Stern

Rich Stern

Tom Sullivan

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Jessica Tomko

Jessica Tomko

ECE at GraceHopper Conference

ECE at GraceHopper Conference