Student Organization Diversity Equity and Inclusion Requirements

The Purpose

The Jacobs School of Engineering is committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming community, to increase retention and graduation rates, and to promote a sustainable culture of academic excellence among all engineering students at UC San Diego. Through the work of the IDEA Center and beyond, we strive to support leaders who can work effectively in teams and work collaboratively across various student organizations.

Student organization leadership is responsible for promoting diversity and inclusion in everyday interactions with peers and other members of the campus community. In particular, organization leaders must promote the inclusion of students from groups that are marginalized in engineering including (but not limited to) Black, Latinx and Native American students, women students of all races, students with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community and first-generation college students. It is not enough just to state that you want diversity; student organization leaders must take action to promote and ensure it. All of UC San Diego’s recognized and engineering student organizations must complete the following implemented requirements in order to be eligible for funding through the Jacobs School of Engineering.

NEW: Equity Diversity and Inclusion Grant

Student organizations are invited to apply for an EDI Grant to obtain funding to assist with the implementation of their EDI plan. Student organizations may be awarded up to $2,000 during the academic year 2021-2022 to implement  activities that will improve EDI in their student group and/or the engineering community.

Application Timeline:

  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022      Applications are due through online submission form.
  • Early February, 2022                     Applicants notified of funding decisions

Requirement Overview

  • Anti-Bias/Anti-Harassment Training: Board Members must attend training in the Fall provided by the Center for Student Involvement (designed by the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC), which includes the topics of Anti-Bias and Anti-Harassment.

  •  Annual Diversity and Inclusion Plan: In Fall quarter, Engineering Student Organizations must submit a plan as a Google document for how they will apply what they learned about anti-bias/anti-harassment/inclusion in the operation of their organization for the current academic year. Deadline to submit is Monday, November 22nd, 2021 by noon. 

  •  Annual Reflection: Engineering Student Organization must submit a reflection paper discussing which activities in the organization’s plan were successful and which were not, and commenting on what you believe the organization should work on for the upcoming school year. Deadline to submit is Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 by noon.

Guidelines for Equity Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

  • Program Guidelines - Provides guidelines governing the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Requirement for Jacobs School of Engineering Student Organizations. 

Questions and Assistance

We believe that this explicit focus on diversity and inclusion will help create a stronger set of student organizations within the Jacobs School of Engineering. We will be holding two drop-in Q&A sessions (location and/or Zoom link TBA):

  • Wednesday, October 27, 2-3pm
  • Tuesday, November 9, 3-4pm

Alternatively, if you have any questions or need assistance or ideas for how to proceed, you can reach out to Associate Dean of Students Christine Alvarado (cjalvarado@eng.ucsd.edu) or Program Coordinator IDEA Engineering Student Center Alejandra Arguelles at (marguelles@eng.ucsd.edu).