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DEI Initiatives at the College of Engineering

Strategic Planning Subcommittee on DEIS  DEI assessment  COE DEI efforts

The College of Engineering is committed to building an inclusive and equitable environment for learning, research, service and outreach. We are undertaking synergistic initiatives in three key areas to bring cultural transformation and sustainable change for all members of our College community.

Strategic Planning Subcommittee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Sovereignty (DEIS)

Part of the Strategic Planning effort, this group is helping to define future DEI actions set by the College and to identify key metrics and set targets. This subcommittee has been working together since October 2020 and will present a final report to the Strategic Planning Steering Committee at the end of January 2021. Their recommendations will help form the core content of the strategic plan. You are invited to review the draft strategic plan and provide feedback.

Co-chaired by professors Elizabeth Nance and Patrick Stayton, the group has devised the following target outcomes with input from the steering committee, and feedback and discussion from the College community:


    A culturally competent College that reflects DEIS values across all facets of higher education: learning, research, service and outreach.


    A community of faculty, staff and students that reflects society’s diversity.


    A place where all community members thrive and are valued.


    Greater capacity for equitable collaboration across the University and region to strengthen relationships and provide mutual opportunities for growth.

DEI assessment

The College engaged an external consulting firm, Erolin Solutions, to assess climate and build a strategic and sustainable approach to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion, in order to help the College meet the DEIS goals outlined through the Strategic Planning process. View the results and recommendations of the assessment below (UW NetID required to view summary report).

View Executive Summary Report  View Summary Report

College of Engineering DEI efforts

Advancing DEI goals through the hiring of targeted staff positions, reviewing and revising best practices and engaging with the College community.

Meet Dr. Karen Thomas-Brown, who joined the College of Engineering on May 1, 2021.

Robin Clayton joined the College to facilitate constructive engagement and dialogue on DEI and anti-racism, respond to inquiries and assist in developing processes and programs that increase participation and engagement of diverse and underrepresented groups across the College. Work includes:

  • Engaging with all department chairs and diversity-focused staff and committees to identify and address emerging issues.
  • Meeting with students and student groups working to address anti-racism and inclusion.
  • Partnering with departments to provide resources and coaching to bridge communication gaps.
  • Bridging work across initiatives in the Dean’s Office, Erolin Solutions and the DEIS Subcommittee.

Comprising representatives from the College of Engineering’s departments, the group connects cross-College strategies with departmental efforts. Activities include:

  • Monthly meetings with representatives from each department and DEI-focused staff to provide updates on DEI activities.
  • Trainings and dialogues with Erolin Solutions, the consulting firm assessing the College
  • Interviews with Associate Dean for DEI candidates in January 2021.