Our goal is to empower all members of the EECE community, remove barriers and create solutions for our department and campus. We believe a diverse and inclusive community brings value to all and will engage with our community to promote equality and compassion.

We seek to achieve this by:    

Experiencing growth through the department’s diversity mission in all areas of education, work, and personal lives. 

Empowering individuals from underrepresented groups by eliminating biases and providing access to resources. 

Caring for and listening to those affected by inequity to foster unity and support. 

Engaging in open communication with all members of the EECE community to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment. 

EECE DEI Initiatives and Outreach

The EECE department is currently undertaking initiatives in the following areas:

  • Offering departmental training in various DEI topics

  • DEI teaching resources for EECE instructors

  • Undergraduate student, graduate student, and postdoc community and engagement

  • Engagement with St. Louis community

McKelvey Engineering
Goals & Initiatives

The EECE department supports the goals articulated below and on the McKelvey School of Engineering Diversity, Equity & Inclusion webpage.

  • Create and maintain a culture that integrates and advances diversity throughout all levels of the school — from people, initiatives and ideas to policies, curriculum and beyond
  • Become a national higher education leader in embracing and supporting a diverse, open and inclusive environment
  • Ensure that all members of our community are able to achieve their full professional and academic potential
  • Emphasize diversity when recruiting faculty, staff and students
  • Support student organizations' diversity initiatives

University-Wide Commitment

The EECE department joins the university in its commitment to justice and racial equity.

We will listen and engage to work toward mission-oriented action that makes our university and our city a beacon of justice to the world.

Learn more about the university's commitment

Academy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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The Academy was created for staff and faculty members, to become the university’s ‘primary forum for changing climate and culture’ by housing diversity and inclusion resources, including training resources, support for campus affinity groups, and annual events and recognition ceremonies.

Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion

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The Center for Diversity and Inclusion supports and advocates for undergraduate, graduate and professional students from underrepresented and/or marginalized populations, creates collaborative partnerships with campus and community partners, and promotes dialogue and social change among all students.

Washington University Summer Engineering Fellowship (WUSEF)

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MEMS coordinates a schoolwide summer research program focused on enhancing participation of undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in research.  The WUSEF program description and application materials can be found here.

SafeZones Training


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SafeZones Training for Faculty and Staff offers faculty, graduate teaching assistants and staff inclusivity training to promote safer and more secure living, learning and research environments for WashU’s LGBTQIA* students.

Inclusive Teaching Resources for Instructors

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides faculty with resources for developing inclusive teaching and learning modes that are designed to actively engage, include and challenge all students. The CTL also regularly offers workshops on inclusive pedagogy.

EECE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Group

The faculty, staff, and students below work together to advise the department on measures related to DEI and coordinate DEI initiatives. This group communicates and coordinates with administrators and working groups in other departments in the McKelvey School of Engineering and Washington University to support these objectives. If you have ideas or concerns to help the EECE department in its mission, you are welcome to contact any of the members of this group.

Sharniece Holland

Janie Brennan
Senior Lecturer (Committee Co-Chair)
jbrennan@wustl.edu

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Fangqiong Ling
Assistant Professor (Committee Co-Chair)
fangqiong@wustl.edu

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Kim Coleman
Assistant to the Chair
kcole@wustl.edu

 

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Monique Spears
Academic Program Coordinator
moniquespears@wustl.edu

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Kaseba Chibwe
PhD Student
kaseba.chibwe@wustl.edu

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Theo Paik
PhD Student
theo.paik@wustl.edu

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Kenny Li
BSChE
kenneth.li@wustl.edu

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Katy Moran
BSChE
kmoran@wustl.edu