Diversity & Inclusion

ISyE Diversity Inclusion

The Industrial and Systems Engineering department is committed to building and maintaining a supportive and welcoming community where everyone can thrive and excel, regardless of race, nationality, religion, disability status, gender/sexual identity, or socio-economic status. We strive to create a cooperative and caring climate where people can share their unique perspectives, ideas, values and experiences.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are shared responsibilities of students, faculty, and staff. Our ongoing commitment to recruiting, retaining, and supporting diverse students, faculty, and staff enriches and strengthens our learning, teaching, research, and communities.

ISyE DEI Committee

The ISyE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is a group of faculty and staff guiding and supporting initiatives to foster an equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our department. The Committee also engages with other departments, CSE and the University to share information regarding best practices and outcomes. We welcome your questions, comments and suggestions.

CSE Diversity & Inclusivity Alliance

The CSE Diversity & Inclusivity Alliance is comprised of students, faculty, postdoctoral researchers, staff, and alumni from throughout the college. The goal of this Alliance is to improve the college's climate through advancement and practice of diversity, equity and inclusion. The Alliance brings members of the CSE community together to identify critical DEI issues, develop action plans, promote relevant events and trainings, implement effective DEI practices, and support DEI efforts at the department level.

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ISyE Community Scholarship

The ISyE Community Scholarship recognizes students whose actions help create a more diverse and inclusive environment in the department and pave the way for broader representation in Industrial Engineering and, more generally, in STEM-related fields. Visit our Awards and Scholarships page to read through the application requirements.



Browse the following links to discover on-campus organizations, support services, living learning communities, and awards and scholarships that are continuing the mission of diversity, equity, and inclusivity at the University of Minnesota.

Student Resources

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Student Organizations

CSE Student Groups
STEM specific resources and organizations focused on empowering and supporting traditionally under-represented groups.

  •  American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM)
  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Women in Science and Engineering Initiative (WISE)
Promotes diversity and strengthens community across gender identities by providing additional opportunities for professional and personal development.    

North Star STEM Alliance
Supports African American, Alaska Native & Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino or Native American students with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency pursuing baccalaureate STEM degrees with mentoring, connections to internship and research opportunities, and travel.

Campus Support Services

International Student and Scholar Services
Provides advising, counseling, programs and advocacy for international students and scholars to strengthen connections and to enrich the academic environment for all.

Disability Resource Center 
Works in partnership with students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University to eliminate or minimize barriers and facilitate inclusion on camp.

Graduate School Diversity Office
Coordinates and leads the University’s initiatives in the recruitment, funding, retention and graduation of a diverse graduate and professional student body.  

Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life
Promotes the holistic academic, personal, and professional success of LGBTQIA+ University of Minnesota students, employees, alum, and allies. Our office works to ensure students are connected to holistic support and communities of care, from their first semester to post-graduation experience.

Diversity Related Campus Support Services
Guide to university student groups that provide diversity related support services and their locations.

Bias Response and Referral Network 
Responds to bias incidents on the Twin Cities Campus to foster a campus climate that is welcoming, inclusive, and respectful for all.

Office for Equity and Diversity
University-wide equity and diversity initiatives and programs.

Living Learning Communities

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence Living & Learning Communities
Opportunity for first year students to live in a close-knit and dynamic identity-based community with peers committed to academic success at the University of Minnesota.

WISE House Living Learning Community
The WISE House is a Living Learning Community open to female first year students interested in any area of science and engineering.

STEM Diversity House Living Learning Community
Open to indigenous students and students of color pursuing a degree in STEM who are first or second year students or transferring from another institution.

Awards and Scholarships

CSE President’s Emerging Scholars
President’s Emerging Scholars (PES) is an educational opportunity program that supports high-achieving, historically underserved students in their pursuit of a bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

McNair Scholar Program
Provides undergraduate first generation and income eligible or underrepresented students with faculty driven research summer experiences and prepares students for entry into and success in graduate school.

Office of Equity and Diversity Awards

Women’s Center Awards & Scholarships

Staff & Faculty Resources

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Affinity Groups

Affinity groups help make the University of Minnesota a more welcoming and inclusive place to work and learn. Groups include:

  • Asian American Pacific Islander Desi (AAPID) Staff & Faculty Association
  • American Indian Faculty & Staff Association (AIFSA)
  • Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA)
  • Disabled Employees at the U
  • Latino/a/x Faculty & Staff Association 
  • Pride at Work
  • U of M Indigenous Women & Women of Color
  • U of M Veteran and Military Affinity Group

If you are a student looking for support resources, you can receive a confidential referral from one of ISyE's student services professionals.

Katie Sharpe

Katherine Sharpe

for Undergraduate Students


Amy Bolis

for Graduate Students