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Diversity & Inclusion

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The College of Engineering and Applied Science embraces the principles of diversity and inclusion. With this in mind, CEAS is forming a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee to implement the best practices set by the University’s Diversity and Inclusion committee. The CEAS D&I committee will meet the third Friday of each month, to evaluate and provide recommendations for student organizations, staff, and faculty to educate and address issues with the purpose of improving the college experience.


In the month of February...

help us by celebrating African American History Month with us at our local events:

United Black Students Association Events
4-5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7African American Cultural Resource Center
Celebrate Black History Month at a “Bridging the Gap” discussion about the complexities of being both African and African American. Program is in collaboration with the UC African Student Association.

“Endgame: AIDS in Black America,” LGBTQ Event
Noon, Tuesday, Feb. 7, in LGBTQ Center, 565 Steger Student Life Center
As part of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, there will be a special presentation of “Endgame: AIDS in Black America,” the groundbreaking exploration of one of the country’s most urgent, preventable health crises, produced by “Frontline.” Open discussion afterward.
Contact Amy Schlag,

UC Libraries Black History Month event

2:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, Langsam Library
Come ready to learn, eat, paint and be inspired by “Uncovering Black History Through Art and Education,” including poetry, soulful food bites and interactive trivia based on the Black History Month exhibit. Keynote speaker Littisha Bates, A&S associate professor, presents “Sociology of the Black Family,” and Brandon Hawkins of Soul Palette, a company that creates paint party experiences, will help everyone tap into their inner artistry. 

Diversity and Inclusion: Education, Collaboration and Transformation –– Academic Health Center Insights and Speaker Series
Noon to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, Kresge Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building “Implicit Bias in the Academy,” presented by Benjamin Reese Jr., vice president and chief diversity officer for the Office for Institutional Equity, Duke University/Duke University Health System.
Light lunch provided. Continuing education credit is available.
Contact Kelly Lyle at (513) 558-7424 or more 

Historical Black Church Tours, UC History Department Event

11:15 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, New Prospect Baptist Church (meet at McMicken at 10:15 a.m.) Join Holly McGee, UC assistant professor of history, and her students every Sunday in February 2017 for an historical black church tour of Cincinnati. Visit four different churches in the area and enjoy a month-long celebration of black history. All are welcome to any and all church visits. Whether you plan to drive or need a ride, meet in front of McMicken Hall each Sunday an hour before the service, dress for services, and bring $1 for the collection plate. 
For more information, contact Holly McGee 

“Black Love Week,” United Black Students Association (UBSA) Event 
Feb. 13-17, campus-wide
Black Love Week is a series of programs in which the United Black Student Association sponsors activities and events featuring various expressions of love from a black perspective. Through various creative expressions, the UC community uses this week as a way of encouraging each other, other students, faculty, staff and the Cincinnati community to demonstrate, receive and participate in various displays of black love.
For more information  

UBSA Valentine’s Day Card Making
5-6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13African American Cultural Resource Center
As part of Black Love Week, join the UBSA at a community service event to make Valentine’s Day cards for students. 

UBSA For the Love of Money 5:15-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 415 TUC
As part of Black Love Week, join a discussion about saving money and healthy money habits. 

Diversity and Inclusion: Education, Collaboration and Transformation –– Academic Health Center Insights and Speaker Series 
Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, Kresge Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building“Cultural Competence in Healthcare,” presented by Charla Weiss, human resources consultant, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. (Highly interactive and reflective. Students and all learners encouraged to attend.)
Light lunch provided. Continuing education credit is available.
Contact Kelly Lyle at (513) 558-7424 or

CEAS D&I Highlights

New enrollment for 2016 of underrepresented students continues to increase, including a 63% increase in Hispanic students.

• CEAS attended the Compact for Diversity conference in DC. A top female candidate for a faculty position was identified. She will
begin teaching in the next academic year.
• Presentations and participation in CEAS staff meetings by female program managers and directors have led to increased involvement of all staff.
• The number of Emerging Ethnic Engineers (E3) students enrolling in and graduating from graduate school has increased.
• In summer 2015, a total of six students participating in Protégé, an undergraduate research program for high-achieving freshman students, included two females, one African-American female, and one African-American male. Two of these six participants were E3 students.
• The hiring of new faculty has seen an influx of new energy and ideas; several have volunteered to be included in K12 and outreach activities.
Help Nights for K-12 students are ongoing with more students coming to every session. CEAS tutors have noticed improved participation and focus of students.
• The E3 Dr. Edward N. Prather Summer Bridge Scholars Program, now in its 28th year, has expanded to include the UC colleges of Allied Health and A&S. Many loyal faculty and staff are involved along with new A&S chemistry faculty. Marathon Petroleum and the Curtis-Breeden Foundation are among the donors. Additionally, Marathon offered co-op positions to nine E3 students — a
record for Marathon.
• $8,000 was allocated from the Herman Schneider Foundation for support of summer programs for K-12 students.
• This year’s NTA/Robotics Competition was the “best ever” (according to comments from the judges), involving 13 middle and high school teams with faculty representation from three other universities serving as judges. CEAS graduates from as far away as Atlanta also participated as judges and sponsors.
• CEAS partnered with the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) to hold the first NOBCChE/UC Science Bowl. The event included 30-35 students and 20 teachers/instructors.
• CEAS, A&S and DAAP along with the Hughes Center, collaborated to offer a Sensing Intersession featuring a ten-week long, inclass program for high school students culminating in a weeklong program at UC during spring break.
• Simone Bess was hired for the Summer Bridge UC/Hughes Scholars Program. Eleven students participated in last summer’s inaugural program. This summer 21 students, including seven returning, have enrolled.
• In an effort to increase minority students in STEM disciplines, M2SE (Minorities in Mathematics, Science & Engineering) is formally working with CEAS to achieve this goal.