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Equity & Inclusion

The Ritchie School of Engineering and 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

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Equity in STEM

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.

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National Society of Black Engineers

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.

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Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers 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.

E-STEM

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."

Email E-STEM Director Anthea Johnson Rooen to Learn More

So, unlike some disciplines where pretty much all you do is work in that area, CS offers enough latitude for the liberal arts education that the experience students have is determined by the entire campus culture, not just the computer science culture.

Scott Leutenegger Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department
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