Student Spotlight

Ruby Washington: Poised to Make Her Mark in Bioengineering

Data show that healthcare disparities plague the Black community in America, making it harder to receive adequate treatment and care. But rather than just accepting the status quo, Ruby Washington, senior in the Department of Bioengineering, is dedicated to leveraging her interest in biomedicine to change outcomes and systems. “I feel that I have a duty to help my community and make the healthcare system better for people who look like me,” she says. Read More.

Brandon Gonzalez: Discovering a Passion for Engineering

For some, engineering captures the imagination at a young age. But while Brandon Gonzalez wondered at the marvels of his Nintendo Game Boy when he was young, it wasn’t until he took engineering courses as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania that he found his passion. Read More


Ruby Washington: Poised to Make Her Mark in Bioengineering

12.18.2020 | Read More

Brandon Gonzalez: Discovering a Passion for Engineering

12.16.2020 | Read More

‘Robots are Not Immune to Bias and Injustice’

12.01.2020 | Read More

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SEAS

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

The Penn Compact 2022 affirms Inclusion as a means toward the essential ends of higher education: equalizing opportunity, educating leaders for all sectors of society, and enriching the experience of all members of the University community. Penn Engineering remains strongly committed to initiatives that support the University’s efforts to achieve an educational and employment environment that is diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, interests, abilities and perspectives. We strive to attract a diverse community of students and faculty, to provide an accessible, rigorous engineering education, and to improve our local and global communities through engineering.

A Message to the Penn Engineering Community

We hope this message finds you safe and healthy. Together we are seeing and feeling the events occurring across our country in response to the effects of entrenched racism in the United States. The disturbingly systemic injustices that disproportionately affect Black people in our nation are indicative of a broader, insidious issue that contradicts the basic tenets upon which this nation was founded. As members of the Penn community, we stand together to affirm our commitment to our nation’s founding values and our University mission, which can only be achieved through mutual respect and collaboration.

Who We Are

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) holds at its core the commitment to celebrating and increasing the representation of underrepresented minorities in the student body, faculty, and staff of Penn Engineering. Through the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Penn Engineering continues its long history of leadership in the identification, recruitment, and retention of underrepresented minority students and faculty.

Learn More