The University of New Mexico School of Engineering (UNM) has received a bronze award from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) for its diversity inclusion program, according to a statement on the school’s website.
UNM is the only school in New Mexico and one of 82 schools across the U.S. to receive the distinction.
ASEE says it established its diversity initiative to combat declining numbers of minority groups in engineering programs.
UNM received a bronze award for its efforts to support “diverse populations, including women, underrepresented minorities, LBGTQ and those with disabilities,” according to a UNM statement.
“UNM School of Engineering has a strong history of diversity and inclusion and working with a wide array of groups traditionally under-represented in engineering and STEM,” Christos Christodoulou, Jim and Ellen King Dean of Engineering and Computing, said in a press release.
“Receiving the Bronze Award from ASEE is a major honor and proof that what we have been doing to increase inclusiveness is having an impact.”
According to the university, as of fall 2018:
- About 21 percent of the School of Engineering’s undergraduates are women
- Approximately 42 percent identify as Hispanic
- 5.5 percent identify as Native American or Pacific Islander
- 1.5 percent identify as black
As for faculty:
- 17 percent of tenured or tenure-track faculty are women
- 8.5 percent identify as Hispanic
- 1 percent of faculty identifies as Native American
- 1 percent of the faculty identifies as black