ODEI Spotlight:

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dedicates New Suite to Foundational Figures

On December 3rd, ODEI cut the ribbon on its new suite in the Towne Building, featuring a conference room and study space dedicated to two of its foundational figures: Ms. Cora Ingrum, ODEI’s former Director, and Ms. Donna Hampton, the office’s longtime administrative assistant. Read More

Putting Community First, in a New Social Justice Initiative

The Community Collaboratory for Co-Creation, led by Penn Nursing and Penn Engineering, will focus on research, education, and community engagement and outreach. The first three years of the new initiative, which officially began in October, will focus on research, education, and community engagement and outreach. Read More

Project Maji: 2021 Penn Engagement Prize Winner Will Provide Innovative Water Solution to Aid Refugees in Uganda

Team Maji consists of Leah Voytovitch, a daughter of former Soviet Union refugees, and Martin Leet, a refugee who lived in a camp in Kenya before arriving at Penn. Both students have graduated from Penn and are now in the program implementation phase of the project at the Olua I refugee camp in Uganda. Residents of this refugee camp, like many others, lack access to clean drinking water and Project Maji aims to provide this necessity. Read  More

Breaking Ground at Penn’s Cutting-edge Data Science Hub

On Friday, October 8, invited guests and members of the Penn community celebrated the groundbreaking of Penn Engineering’s new data science building and the unveiling of its official name, Amy Gutmann Hall. The event was presided over by President Gutmann, naming donor Harlan Stone, Nemirovsky Family Dean Vijay Kumar, and Penn Engineering Board Chair Rob Stavis. The 116,000-square-foot, six-floor building, located on the northeast corner of 34th and Chestnut Streets near Lauder College House, will centralize resources for researchers and scholars across Penn’s 12 schools and numerous academic centers while making the tools of data analysis more accessible to the entire Penn community. Read More

ODEI and RAS Welcome New URM Graduate Students to Penn Engineering

Penn Engineering’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Research and Academic Services (RAS) Graduate Office welcomed new Under-Represented Minority (URM) graduate students with special events to kick off the Fall 2021 semester. View Story


A Passion for Addressing ‘Meaningful Causes’ with Data

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Changing Lives in Refugee Communities through Access to Clean Water

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Systems Engineering Junior Shriya Karam on Aviation Accessibility

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Events of Interest

ODEI Events + Programming Spotlight:

Department of Bioengineering Juneteenth Address

Join the Department of Bioengineering for a Juneteenth Address delivered by Dr. Michelle Johnson, Associate Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in Bioengineering and Director of the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab. The address will be followed by a Q&A. This hybrid event will be held live on campus and on Zoom and is open to the entire Penn Bioengineering community.

Friday, June 17, 2022 | 12:00-1:00 PM | Room: Towne 337

Zoom Credentials
Passcode: 000519
Meeting ID: 988 1755 6963

Penn Libraries Spring 2022 Survey

What services, resources, or spaces have been the most valuable to you this semester? When do you rely on the Penn Libraries website? Is there anything else you'd like us to know? Share feedback about your experiences at the Penn Libraries with this short 3-5 minute survey.

Watch the 2022 Joseph Bordogna Forum Lecture by Dr. Gilda Barabino

The second annual Joseph Bordogna Forum took place on Tuesday, February 15th and featured a talk from Dr. Gilda Barabino, President of the Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA entitled “Engineering for Everyone: Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” If you were not able to attend the forum, a link to the recorded event has been included for your convenience!

Watch the Inaugural Joseph Bordogna Forum Lecture by Dr. John Brooks Slaughter

The inaugural Joseph Bordogna Forum took place on February 24, 2021, and featured a talk from John Brooks Slaughter, Deans’ Professor of Education and Engineering at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and Rossier School of Education, entitled a “Call to Action for Racial Justice and Equity in Engineering.”

Tour the New Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion!

Join Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. CJ Taylor as he shows off our new office space on the second floor of the historic Towne Building. Featuring a look inside the Donna Hampton Study Space and Cora Ingrum Conference Room, we are excited to share this space with you!

Check out the ODEI Opportunities Portal!

The ODEI Opportunities Portal serves as a resource for current Penn students, researchers, faculty, and staff; connecting our community to research, employment, scholarship, and other opportunities from Penn, our partners, and beyond.

ODEI Strategic Plan

Penn Engineering is passionately committed to attracting, nurturing, and graduating engineers whose diversity reflects our society in all respects, including race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, creed, and socioeconomic background. Moreover, we seek to ensure all of our community members share an understanding of the importance of fighting bias and maximizing inclusion for the sake of the engineering profession and for the benefit of society at large. Through this, we aim for our graduates to pursue and develop ideas and innovations that will benefit all of humanity.

Penn Engineering's Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

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