Diversity & Student Support

As members of a community-serving profession, civil and environmental engineers work across a broad range of social, political, and economic contexts; thus we make every effort to foster a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering strives to provide students of all backgrounds the opportunity for a broad-based educational experience, enabling them to address complex and multi-faceted civil engineering problems. There are a number of resources, programs, and partner organizations available on campus to help support and encourage the successful achievement of academic and career goals in civil engineering and related fields. Please check out the list below for opportunities for participation and support.

Scholarship, Academic and Recruitment Programs

Minority Scholars Engineering Program (MSEP)
Open to all students, the Minority Scholars Engineering Program (MSEP) is the College of Engineering’s recruitment and retention program for students committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students in engineering and computer science.

Graduate Opportunity and Minority Achievement Program (GOMAP)
GO-MAP is committed to serving the needs of underrepresented graduate students of color to enhance equity and graduate student success. GO-MAP aims to cultivate a culturally and ethnically diverse academic, educational and social environment in which all students can learn and thrive while attending the University of Washington. In working closely with graduate students, faculty, and staff, GO-MAP strives to strengthen and maintain campus diversity while enhancing academic opportunities for graduate students of color.

Engineering Scholarships
Student Academic Services awards a variety of scholarships for minorities throughout the year, including the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and HP Scholar Programs.

Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Washington
Provides enriching opportunities in mathematics, engineering and science for underrepresented students in grades K-12 using exemplary materials and instructional approaches.

Campus Engineering & Science Organizations

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
The goal of the WiSE program is to recruit and support women of all ethnic backgrounds in science and engineering (S&E) and to create an academic and social climate at the UW which is conducive to both men and women in S&E at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

National Society of Black Engineers
With a mission to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community, NSBE sponsors a career fair and other events.

American Indian Science & Engineering Society
AISES bridges science and technology with traditional Native values. Educational programs provide opportunities for American Indians and Native Alaskans to pursue studies in science, engineering, business and other academic arenas.

Society of Women Engineers
SWE offers scholarships, sponsorship of fun competitions, job and internship search resources, and recognition of outstanding achievements through awards.

Society of Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences
The mission of SACNAS at UW is to promote diversity in the sciences. The national organization was founded by Chicano and Native American scientists; however, we welcome and include everyone who is interested in promoting diversity in science.

College of Engineering Diversity & Student Programs
Links to programs that provide financial, social, academic and cultural support to engineering students.

Campus Support Services

Veterans Center
Connect with other veterans and find university resources specifically designed for veterans.

Student Parent Resource Center
If you have children age 12 or younger who will need child care during the academic year, you may be eligible for child care assistance offered through the University's Student Parent Resource Center.

Women's Center
Promotes women's intellectual, creative and ethical development. The Women's Center Re-entry Program offers free services to women who are considering returning to the University after a significant time away or who, for whatever the reason, feel they need additional support and advice in making the transition into their education.

Disability Services Office
Committed to providing reasonable academic accommodations to qualified students with disabilities at the UW. DRS strives to support the University in the inclusion of students with disabilities as independent, responsible, and productive members of the campus community.

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking & Technology)
DO-IT is a support organization that serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.

Office of Minority Affairs
Programs and services that promote multiculturalism, student access, and academic achievement.

Diversity at the UW
Links to Advancement, Business Diversity Program, Disability Services Office, Diversity Council, Faculty & Staff Affinity Groups, Tribal Relations, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Q Center and more.

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