Ritchie Equity & Inclusion

The Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science is committed to inclusive excellence – the recognition that our success is dependent on how well we value, engage with, and encourage diversity in our students, faculty, and staff.

Inclusive excellence seeks to nurture a robust and diverse community that helps give voice to individuals from backgrounds that have historically been underrepresented in the sciences. These initiatives include student clubs, scholarships, mentoring, networking, and much more.


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E-STEM is about reminding students that they’re not alone. And you don't get through this all by yourself. It's because you have friends.

Anthea Johnson Rooen, Director of Equity in STEM

Diversity & Inclusion at Ritchie

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The Ritchie School believes that research and academic excellence are dependent on critical thinking, interdisciplinary dialogue, and a widespread representation of diverse perspectives. Inclusive intent enhances the collective research and academic community here on the south side of campus. In this way, we can continue to be innovative at all levels. 

Short for Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, E-STEM is a partnership between the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, the Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science, and the Division of Academic Affairs. This grant-funded program creates pathways to academic success for students from historically underrepresented groups in the fields of science, math, and engineering. 

“There’s a maker movement of people being able to come together on projects in a cross-disciplinary fashion...We learn more from each other than we do by ourselves."

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