The College of Engineering is proud to present Engineering an Inclusive Future, a communications platform showcasing our college-wide efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to implement the vision set forth by Chancellor May to make UC Davis one of the most diverse and inclusive universities in the country and to “integrate concepts of diversity, inclusion, and equity into everything we do.”
These efforts highlight how much we’ve done—and how much more we will be doing—to move the College of Engineering toward “inclusion excellence,” in which all members of a community are encouraged and supported to work, study and learn in a way that allows each of us to reach our full potential. We also encourage you to present the land acknowledgement statement at any UC Davis event held on the Davis campus. Explore our efforts below, as told through the viewpoints of our remarkable faculty, staff, researchers and students.
Message from 2020-2022 Faculty Advisor to the Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
In engineering and computer science, we work on complex problems that require many people to solve. Studies show having diversity in the group brings multiple perspectives that lead to better solutions to complex problems. In the College of Engineering, I am guiding the college’s efforts in the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Deans Diversity Initiative by chairing a faculty advisory committee charged with guiding and monitoring efforts and progress toward achieving the objectives of the college’s diversity and inclusion plan.
Using Solar Power to Empower
Chidubem Nnaji uses scholarship award to fund his project focused on bringing accessible, clean water to his village in Nigeria.
Passionate to Serve
Marissa Gionet-Gonzales, biomedical engineering Ph.D. student, talks about her efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion and what motivates her in this work.
Vanessa and Victoria Liera talk about why they started the Club of Future Female Electrical Engineers and what it means to be first-generation college students in the STEM field.
Working for Others
Sicheng (Kevin) Li served on the Council of Student Affairs and Fees and advised programs including the LGBTQIA+ Center and the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center.
Supporting Your Roots
Ismael Mayanja is working on creating new methods to dry almonds faster and more efficiently. He plans to take what he learns at UC Davis back to Uganda to help the country’s farmers.
Strengthening Ceramics and Communities
Luis Sotelo is always working to make things stronger - whether it’s ceramic materials in the laboratory or the graduate student communities he’s part of.
Uplifting Voices in Engineering
Ralph Aldredge has been a leader in the college for years in an effort to lift up student voices and ensure prospective and current students with disadvantaged backgrounds can find a pathway to excel at UC Davis.
A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion
Colleen E. Bronner, an associate professor of teaching and vice-chair of undergraduate studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion at UC Davis.
Award Winning Diversity
UC Davis’ Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Renetta Tull received the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head Association’s Diversity Award in March 2022.
Making Math and Engineering Accessible to All
Harry Cheng believes that in order to have diversity, equity and inclusion in our education systems, we have to begin engaging with students when they are young.
Building an Inclusive Environment
Jasquelin Peña believes an inclusive environment in our college will contribute to an environment where students, staff and faculty feel supported to reach their full potential.
Inspiring Women in STEM
Marina Radulaski focuses on helping diverse students in science and engineering. Her research lab works with local high school female students to attract them to STEM fields and college education.
Clubs & Organizations
UC Davis' First Women-focused Hackathon
Davis Women in Computer Science and SacHacks co-hosted Lovelace Hacks, UC Davis’ first women-focused hackathon. This hackathon aimed to create a space for people of all backgrounds who identify as women and gender minorities to grow their interest in technology and data science.
Making Engineering Machine Shops More Inclusive
The Women Machinists’ Club at UC Davis (WMC) is a place for women and gender minorities to learn technical skills and develop the support network they need to succeed in a traditionally male-dominated shop environment.
Introducing Black Girls to Engineering
With a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education will establish a new initiative to introduce Black/African American girls to engineering and robotics.