College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Connect with diversity programs

The students, faculty, and staff of the College of Science and Engineering represent many cultures and life experiences. The college strives to support and increase the number of students from underrepresented groups through:

  • Diversity programs that support current students in reaching their academic goals
  • Outreach programs that inspire and attract future students
  • Recruitment of multicultural students and faculty
  • Scholarships

CSE Diversity and Outreach

We connect students from underrepresented groups with resources and opportunities including the North Star STEM Alliance, tutoring, undergraduate research, internships, scholarships, and student groups. Visit us in 115 Lind Hall.

Suzi Pyawasay, Site Coordinator, North Star STEM Alliance

North Star STEM Alliance

The North Star STEM Alliance, a partnership of 16 Minnesota colleges and universities and 2 community organizations, has a goal of doubling in 5 years the number of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander students studying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Opportunities for students include:

  • Stipends for involvement in Alliance activities
  • Funding of undergraduate research
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Travel to national meetings and professional society meetings
  • Community activities with the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota High Tech Association
  • Mentoring
  • Internships
  • Social networking

The North Star STEM Alliance is part of the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (grant #12001983) and partner institutions.

To become involved in the program, explore, contact, or talk with CSE Diversity and Outreach.

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

Connect with academic opportunities and make friends at the University’s Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence.

  • Instructional Center with peer-assisted learning, individual and group study spaces, computer lab, and skills workshops
  • Living and Learning Communities: Student Excellence in Academics and Multiculturalism, American Indian Cultural House, Casa Sol
  • Annual kickoff event
  • Events and workshops tied to cultural celebrations
  • Scholarships
  • Graduation celebration

Student groups

Check out these CSE student groups featuring multiculturalism.

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers

University’s Office of Equity and Diversity

Contact the following offices of the University of Minnesota’s Office of Equity and Diversity to learn more about programs and initiatives on campus.