In Fall 2020, a College of Engineering task force, appointed by Dean Patricia Culligan and chaired by Associate Dean Ron Metoyer, evaluated every aspect of the College with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The task force made recommendations for long- and short-term efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive community.
The College undertakes this work under the guidance of Notre Dame’s principles of diversity and inclusion , which call us to respect the dignity of every person; build a Notre Dame community in which all can flourish; and live in solidarity with all, particularly the most vulnerable.
In Spring 2021, the College appointed Yvette Rodriguez as its first Director of DEI in Engineering. She joins us from Notre Dame’s Multicultural Student Programs and Services, where she served as assistant director for five years.
In Fall 2021, the College established a standing Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, including faculty from each department as well as staff, graduate student, and undergraduate representatives. The committee is charged with guiding progress on DEI initiatives across the College.
In Spring 2022, the College’s DEI plan received an Honorable Mention in the National Science Foundation’s Taking Action: Covid 19 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Challenge in the 4-year STEM category. The Challenge aims “to identify actions that institutions of higher education can take to ensure DEI in STEM despite the long-term challenges of the COVID pandemic and to share those strategies broadly….”
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Engineering
College of Engineering Standing Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Ron Metoyer, professor and associate dean
Faculty Directors of DEI in each department
Melissa Berke (CEEES)
Monisha Ghosh (EE)
Tijana Milenkovic (CSE)
Jennifer Schaefer (CBE)
Pinar Zorlutuna (AME)
Yvette Rodriguez, director of DEI
Leo McWilliams, assistant dean for undergraduate programs
Jay Brockman, director, Center for Civic Innovation
Nicole Cortes (CBE)
Alberto Rodriguez (CSE)
Annie Cahill Kelly (CEEES)
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPe)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- Asian American Association of Notre Dame
- PrismND (LGBTQ+A)