We encourage the entire McKelvey community to take time this month — and beyond — to participate in events, read about Black McKelvey engineers, and engage in thoughtful dialogue. Our work to end systemic racial inequality and disparities does not start and end during this month, but we can use this month to come together as a school. We invite you to visit this webpage throughout the month to identify ways that you can engage as McKelvey commemorates Black History Month.

Celebrating Black engineers

“The life and contributions of the Knox brothers clearly shows that while brilliance is precious, having an environment where brilliance from all sources can be realized and appreciated is what paves the way for revolutionary scientific breakthroughs.”

Sharniece Holland, MEMS lecturer, recently co-authored a feature on William and Lawrence Knox, brothers who made significant contributions in a number of areas, including the Manhattan Project in the 1940s.

Read the story

Upcoming WashU Events

View the full schedule of Black History Month events here


Art, Museums and Fear of a Black Planet

Wednesday, February 16, 4 - 5 p.m.

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HeLa 100 – Race and Eugenics 2022

Wednesday, February 23, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Black Owned Food Truck Night

Monday, February 28, 5 - 7 p.m.

We are McKelvey

McKelvey Engineering offers a wide range of opportunities for Black students, from the National Society of Black Engineers to research-intensive summer programs. But we realize there is an opportunity for growth in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion, and we are committed to addressing longstanding social injustice and inequality within the school and larger community.

We are developing new programs, policies and resources, but most importantly, we are listening. By working together, we can enact change.