UMass Amherst Diversity Mission Statement

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, as a public land-grant institution, has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, while demonstrating our commitment to inclusion of historically underrepresented groups. We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence and that our students, faculty, and staff should reflect the diverse world in which we live. The university recognizes and values the wide range of voices and perspectives in all spheres of the academic enterprise. The UMass Amherst is committed to policies that promote inclusiveness, social justice, and respect for all, regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, national or ethic origin, physical or mental disability, political belief or affiliation, marital status, veteran status, immigration status, gender identity and expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by state or federal laws.



UMass Amherst College of Engineering Living Diversity Mission Statement

  The College of Engineering values diversity in all its forms.

  We value diversity of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation, economic and veteran status.

  Faculty, staff and students of the College strive to build an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and supportive of all.

  We aim for all students to have the opportunity to cooperatively engage with people representative of a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds, thereby facilitating a greater level of understanding, familiarity, and comfort with the values, needs and available resources of an increasingly diverse society.

  A diversity-focused culture is an important element of our academic excellence, resulting in engineering graduates who are well prepared to effectively address the needs of a global society.


Engineering Diversity and Inclusiveness Goals:

1.       Foster an environment that respects differences, and encourages inclusiveness and individuality regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, age, religion, sexual orientation, economic status or veteran status.

2.       Provide an environment welcoming of international students and which fosters opportunities for our students to participate in the global market place.

3.       Increase the recruitment, retention, and representation of people of color, ethnic minorities, women, people with disabilities, veterans, LGBT persons, and other underrepresented subgroups of students and staff, to a level that is reflective of the changing demographics of the U.S. population and meets or exceeds national averages for target engineering programs.

4.       Increase capacity to engage students at all levels in highly relevant, real world educational programming, outreach, and professional development that encourages their interest and commitment to engineering.

5.       Increase recognition, both within and beyond the University, of the College as an excellent contributor and collaborator for promoting diversity within the engineering workforce, and supporting diverse students to successfully achieve degrees in engineering.

6.       Enhance leadership in the dissemination of sound and independent strategies for improving diversity, including evidence of the impacts of these strategies, through increasing communication with a broad network of professional contacts across the University, the region, the Commonwealth, and beyond.