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.

Upcoming WashU Events

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 diversity, equity 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.

Alumni William Hopkins (left) and Arnold Donald co-founded the Society of Black Engineers (SOBE) as WashU Engineering students in the 1970s. The group later became a chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), which now has more than 700 chapters and 21,000 members worldwide. 

NSBE at WashU

The Washington University Summer Engineering Fellowship (WUSEF) program encourages exceptional students from backgrounds underrepresented in the STEM fields to participate in month-long engineering research at WashU each summer.

Learn more about WUSEF

Among McKelvey Engineering's goals are to hire more Black, Brown and women faculty and launch new graduate and undergraduate student recruitment efforts to recruit more women; Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC); first-generation and low-income students. 

Learn more about our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Among McKelvey Engineering’s action items for change is to increase graduation rates for women, BIPOC, first-generation and low-income undergraduate students and to improve placement after graduation for women and BIPOC undergraduate and graduate students.

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