Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

“As a consequence of a lack of diversity, we pay an opportunity cost, a cost in designs not thought of, in solutions not produced.”
– WM A. Wulf, past president, NAE

Engineers cannot solve the problems of a diverse world without a diverse, inclusive set of people working on them. We at Penn Engineering are working actively to effect change, not only for the good of our campus, but for the discipline itself, to ensure that the engineers we educate are both reflective of and responsive to the world in which they will need to innovate and implement solutions.

Penn Engineering is strongly committed to initiatives that support the University’s efforts to achieve an inclusive educational and employment environment that is diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, historical tradition, age, religion, parenting status, disability status, veteran status, interests, perspectives and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Penn Engineering endorses the University’s commitment to diversity outlined in the Penn Compact 2020. We strive to attract a diverse community of students, faculty and staff in order to provide an accessible, rigorous engineering education for our students, and to improve our local and global communities through engineering education and research.

Our Commitment to Inclusion

Efforts in attracting a diverse cohort of faculty, students and staff can be derailed if an academic community lacks true inclusivity. Penn Engineering is focused on unconditional inclusion and respect for all individuals and groups, including individuals with intersectional identities.

Areas of Focus

We are constantly reviewing the effectiveness of existing programs that promote diversity in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and searching for new ways to foster an inclusive, supportive community for all. Through these efforts, we aim to be a model for peer engineering schools in the area of diversity and inclusion.