Diversity & Inclusion

First generation students at graduation

Diversity, Inclusion, & ME 

ME is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where everyone can succeed.

The Mechanical Engineering Department fully supports the University of Minnesota mission statement, which states that “all people are enriched by understanding.” We acknowledge the department’s shared responsibility in creating an equitable and diverse environment for current and future generations so that all individuals are welcome and included in the department as staff, faculty, and students.

The events surrounding George Floyd’s murder in May 2020 ushered in a renewed urgency to reflect on the realities of inequity in our nearby community and department.


We acknowledge that the department has work to do to enact long-term, positive change. The departmental diversity and inclusivity planning group is creating actionable items towards this long-term change that they hope to share soon.


ME Ambassadors

Gleason Elementary Ambassadors

If you are looking to gain valuable leadership experience, communication skills, and make a difference in K-12 students’ lives, the Mechanical Engineering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee is looking for undergraduate ambassadors to participate in a paid yearly mentorship program dedicated to supporting students in K-12 schools that have limited STEM resources.

This program will center around a cohort of students throughout their K-12 education and aims to increase diversity in the mechanical engineering discipline. Ambassadors will act as a mentor, design their own activities and experiments to increase the students’ interest in engineering, and provide information about the path to becoming an engineer.

Visit the ME Engineering Ambassadors Program Interest Form for more details..

Questions? Please email the committee at me-ambassadors@umn.edu.


Respond to bias at the U of M by submitting an anonymous incident report to the Bias Response and Referral Network.

Read about how diversity enhances Minnesotan culture from Explore Minnesota.