Highlights of some of Lafayette Engineering’s history and activities aimed at promoting equity and justice include:

  • Lafayette Engineering’s 2021 Resnik Lecture featured Leland Melvin, engineer, educator, former NASA astronaut, and NFL wide receiver.
  • Engineering student leaders and Engineering Council collaborated to add a DEIJ component to ES101, a required course taken by all first-year engineering students. Office of Intercultural Development Director Robert Young ’14 led conversations around implicit bias and microaggressions. The inaugural workshop was included as a required component by all 11 instructors in 2021, and will be added to the syllabus in future ES101 courses.
  • The Engineering Division co-sponsored The Hanson Center for Inclusive STEM Education event: Ainissa Ramirez: Scientific Storytelling and the Alchemy of Us in September 2021.
  • Lafayette Engineering co-sponsored Ruha Benjamin in 2020, associate professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, discussing race and technology, Hidden Figures week in November 2018 and the inaugural Women in STEM week in April 2019.
  • The Division hosted Safe Zone training to assist faculty and staff in supporting LGBTQ+ identified community members, most recently in February 2020. The workshop was attended by one third of division faculty and staff, with an additional one third previously certified in Safe Zone training.
  • The 2017 ASEE summary report “Engineering By the Numbers” reported Lafayette College among the top 20 schools in percentage of Bachelor’s degrees awarded to women.
  • The 2017 ASEE summary report “Engineering By the Numbers” noted Lafayette’s engineering programs 9th among all engineering colleges and universities in percentage of women tenured/tenure-track faculty.
  • Lafayette has been recognized by the ASEE for its commitment to diversity and inclusivity.
  • The Engineering Division’s 2016 Resnik Lecture featured the first black woman in space, Dr. Mae Jemison.
  • The Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program was established in 2016 to provide summer research opportunities and mentoring for women engineering students. More than 50 women have participated in the program through summer to date.
  • Lafayette was among a small group of engineering schools that initiated the national Engineering Deans Diversity Initiative through the ASEE in 2015, a program which takes a systematic approach to fostering an inclusive engineering climate and create real and lasting change. Lafayette Engineering is proud to have been an integral part of its development.
  • Lafayette’s engineering programs consist of approximately 38% of students who identify as female.
  • Nearly 25% of students in engineering are from traditionally underrepresented groups.
  • Half of Lafayette’s civil engineering students are women, one of only a handful of engineering programs in the country with gender parity.