Diversity and Outreach

The Vergnano Institute for Inclusion

The Vergnano Institute for Inclusion is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented students in engineering and other STEM fields and runs a number of programs in an effort to work towards this goal. The Vergnano Institute for Inclusion programs are designed to facilitate the outreach, recruitment, retention, and overall success of all members of the College of Engineering community.

The institute's mission is to be a resource for the College of Engineering and the communities we serve to empower people from all backgrounds. Inspired by the strength of diversity and inclusion, we will be an equity-minded community where engineers innovate and change the world for the better.

In 2021, Mark and Betsy Vergnano generously donated $3 million to the College of Engineering to create the Vergnano Institute for Inclusion. Both alumni, Mark of the School of Engineering and Betsy of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the couple met while studying at the university.

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