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Diversity and Inclusion Program

The Gallogly College of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Program is designed to cultivate diversity of thought and strengthen an inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff.



 

Our Commitment

Diversity and Inclusion 2022 Freshmen Class

Represent

We recognize that diversity is essential for growth, and to build a top-tier engineering college, we need a student body, faculty and staff that represents our global community.

Inspire

Our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) program works consistently to create programs and events that drive awareness and further our commitment to inspire students from around the world with a variety of backgrounds to consider the exciting field of engineering. Our outreach and retention programs include opportunities to engage K-12 students, prospective OU first-year students and beyond.

Empower

Diversity and Inclusion is a priority on our campus, and the achievements of our diverse student body is testimony to that ideal. Open to all students in the Gallogly College of Engineering and Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, the Diversity and Inclusion program facilitates the outreach, recruitment, retention and overall success of underrepresented students. 


 

Our Model

Graduating Engineers from Historically Marginalized Communities


 

Academic Support

First Year Orientation Class

  • Study Skills
  • Required Tutoring
  • Mentorship
  • Team Projects

Peer to Peer Tutoring

  • 20 tutors
  • All pre-engineering classes
  • Various engineering courses

Textbook Library

Laptop Scholarships
 

Financial Support

Scholarships

  • Incoming first-year:  
    90 D&I first-year scholarship offers
        - Over $140,000
  • Around 140 returning scholarship awards
        - Over $280,000
  • Over 60 new scholarship awards
        - Over $130,000

Tuition Wavers

  • Over 70 scholars
        - Nearly $270,000

Professional Development

Strategic Engagement

  • Career Fair Reception
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Technical Talks
  • Class Presentations
  • Spring Break Trek
  • Student Enrichment Trips
  • ExxonMobil Mentoring
  • Shell Leads Diversity
  • Engineering Summer Bridge
  • BP Banquet


 


 

Testimonial

"I think the Diversity and Inclusion program is really a program that values and recognizes the importance of individuality and I think that it gives equal opportunities to everybody, regardless of skin color, gender, financial background and gives them each the opportunity to succeed."
 Sarah Wauahdooah, Chemical Engineering


 

Our Legacy

The University of Oklahoma's Minority Engineering Program (MEP), the first of its kind on campus, was established in 1980. The program was designed to recruit and retain historically underrepresented minorities in engineering and to foster an atmosphere of inclusivity and community amongst students of different backgrounds, while also providing students a network of support for their college careers. Since its establishment, the program has been devoted to promoting the Gallogly College of Engineering's ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusivity. 

Over the years, the name of the program has evolved from the Minority Engineering Program to the Multicultural Engineering Program to the Diversity and Inclusion Program. The strategic initiatives of the program continue to strive to meet the needs of the changing student population. The program’s strong foundation provides the opportunity for current and future engineering students to continue the legacy that the MEP began. 

Many of our alumni continue to make a difference in the lives of the DEI Program in their service on the Dean's Advisory Board on Diversity. They experienced the difference that MEP made in their lives and want to ensure our underrepresented students have that same support.

 

Diversity and Inclusion 1980 to 2022 (40th anniversary badge)


 

Contact Us

Diversity and Inclusion Program Staff


The Diversity and Inclusion Program has assisted engineering students in the pursuit of their undergraduate and graduate degrees by helping all students reach their academic potential. 

We help students adapt to an ever-changing, culturally diverse world by creating opportunities for students, faculty and staff to connect across cultures and backgrounds. Diversity and Inclusion continues to prepare students for a more global society, and it is an honor to be working with these future leaders. Please come by and see how we can help you reach your goals in the Gallogly College of Engineering.

Diversity and Inclusion Program 
Gallogly Hall, Room 115 
173 Felgar St., Norman, OK 73019 
(405) 325-0095 
Toll Free: (800) 522-0772 ext. 4161 
Email: mep@ou.edu


 

Meet Our Staff

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Lisa Morales

Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion Program

lmorales@ou.edu

(405) 325-5361

GLG 115

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Scott Cady

Director of Diversity and Inclusion Program

scady@ou.edu

(405) 325-0095

GLG 110


 

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Rochelle Lee

Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion Program

rochelle.lee@ou.edu

(405) 325-0095

GLG 111

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Brandon Abbott

Summer Bridge Director

brandonabbott@ou.edu

(405) 325-5032

GLG 111

Student Staff

Roxanne Hinojosa

Roxanne Hinojosa

Teaching Assistant

Studying Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

Brandon Abbott

Bailey Looper

Graduate Assistant

Master's Student in Computer Engineering

Jorge Lopez

Jorge Lopez

Teaching Assistant

Studying Mechanical Engineering

Rayven Medice

Rayven Medice

Student Assistant

Studying Industrial and Systems Engineering


 

Amy Rojo

Amy Rojo

Student Assistant

Studying Computer Science

Aliya Shaikh

Aliya Shaikh

Graduate Assistant

Master’s student in the School of Computer Science

Get Involved!

There are many ways to become involved in the Diversity and Inclusion Program: 

 
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Benefits to Gallogly College of Engineering
  • Advise on changing trends in the needs of industry for engineering graduates and technology
  • Assistance with funding and fund raising for the College’s programs, students, and faculty
  • Advise on employment opportunities for the College’s students
  • Provide input on how to best utilize discretionary funds to meet the College’s strategic plan
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Benefits to Current Students
  • Offer mentoring and advice for academics and careers
  • Oversee two annual scholarships: Wayne Steen Memorial Scholarship and Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity Scholarship
  • Sponsor the “Bucks for Books” program to loan D&I students textbooks
  • Provide link between current D&I students and D&I/MEP alumni

     


 

  

 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

WiE Sponsors list: BP, Boeing, Chevron, OneOK, Shell, Halliburton, Boldt, Chevron Phillips, Chickasaw Nation Industries, GE Oil & Gas, Goodman Air Conditioning and Heating, Johnson Controls, MSCI, Peterbilt, Phillips 66, and Union Pacific.

Become a Sponsor

For corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Becca Barsetti bbarsetti@ou.edu.