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. Initiatives for the Ritchie school include student clubs, scholarships, mentoring, networking, and much more.
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E-STEM means being in a safe, loving, and supportive community that I know I can count on. As a first generation student and woman of color E-STEM helps me prepare for my academic and future work setting. Daniela, STEM Major
Diversity & Inclusion at Ritchie
Equity in STEM
Director: Anthea Johnson Rooen
Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math aims to nurture the strengths of incoming undergraduates from historically underrepresented backgrounds who elect to major in STEM subjects, helping them successfully transition to the college environment and navigate STEM paths at DU.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Advisors: Goncalo Martins, Anthea Johnson, and Ashley Sherman
The University of Denver's Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, is a national student and professional based organization, with the goal of the developing programs for increasing Black and other ethnic minority involvement in the field of engineering.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Advisor: Linda Quintanar
SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Faculty Advisor: Breigh Roszelle
SWE is an organization devoted to stimulating women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and as leaders with the goal of building connections between past and present members, and to build a community of female engineers.
Women in Technology (WiT)
Faculty Advisor: Susanne Sherba
WiT encourage and support women, as well as other underrepresented groups, in the field of Computer Science both within the DU campus and the Denver community.
To promote inclusive excellence, the Ritchie School welcomes all opportunities to partner with other disciplines on campus. Cross-disciplinary thinking and events allow our students to utilize the full profile of their talents while participating in an education that encourages their growth as well-rounded individuals. This is exemplified in our E-STEM program, our STEAM partnership with the Newman Center for Performing Arts, and within the flexible, collaborative design of our academic paths.
“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."
Undergrad Student Starts DU Chapter of SHPE
Elizabeth Gutierrez-Gutierrez, undergraduate computer science, is a first-generation student who joined E-STEM and has become a very active member of the Ritchie School community. She established the DU chapter of the Society for Hispanic Engineers and has been active with the National Society of Black Engineers.
Ritchie School Students Attend Women in Tech Summit West
Thirteen Computer Science Students and two faculty, Dr. Susanne Sherba and Terron Ishiara, attended the Women in Tech Summit West. The Summit was an opportunity for the students to learn, make connections, and find inspiration.
DU Receives Award for Diversity Recognition
The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) recently recognized the Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science for being a top school in their Diversity Recognition Program with the Bronze Award. This award means that DU made a pledge (and acted on it) to actively include and support historically underrepresented groups.