ODEI Spotlight:

Statement on Anti-Asian Violence and Racism

We would like to share and affirm a powerful statement on anti-Asian violence  issued by the Task Force on Support to Asian and Asian-American Students and Scholars (TAASS) at Penn. We condemn and denounce the despicable anti-Asian violence that has recently taken place in the United States, and redouble our efforts to create meaningful, lasting change. Read More

Kevin Johnson Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor

Kevin Johnson has been named the University of Pennsylvania’s 27th Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) University Professor. The PIK program recruits renowned scholars whose work draws from two or more academic disciplines and whose achievements demonstrate a rare ability to thrive at the intersection of multiple fields. Read More

Niko Simpkins: At the Nexus of Engineering and Music

For Niko Simpkins, a musician who performs, produces and engineers his own tracks, the most exciting processes combine structure and flexibility, creativity and rigor. As a third-year student he sees his mechanical engineering education as a framework for problem solving that might serve him across a broad set of endeavors, and for now, he’s more interested in learning than narrowing to any one particular career path. Read More

Penn Engineering and Steppingstone Scholars Partner to Launch Inveniam, a ‘STEM Equity and Innovation Lab’

Penn Engineering and Steppingstone Scholars, an educational and social mobility organization based in Philadelphia, are collaborating on “Inveniam,” a first-of-its-kind “STEM Equity and Innovation Lab,” which seeks to respond to a local and national challenge stemming from the lack of access and engagement to STEM, especially among Black and Hispanic students as well as women. Read More

Statement by the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Condemning Racial Violence Against Asian Pacific Americans

This is a statement from the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs with regard to the recent racial incidents occurring in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs condemns the recent attacks on Asian Pacific Americans across the nation and calls for all Pennsylvanians to stand up against anti-Asian hate and racism in all forms. Read More


Kevin Johnson Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor

03.09.2021 | Read More

‘This is What a Data Scientist Looks Like’

03.05.2021 | Read More

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

03.02.2021 | Read More

Events of Interest

ODEI Spotlight: CHOP Diversity Symposium, Striving for Equity in STEM

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ODEI Spotlight: Race, Solidarity, and Allyship

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ODEI Spotlight: Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SEAS

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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.

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

The inaugural Joseph Bordogna Forum took place on Wednesday, February 24 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.”

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.

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.

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.

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