How does the Diversity Initiatives Office interact with students on this campus?
Among other efforts, DI personnel act as advocates and advisors for student groups or individual students on issues related to diversity awareness. In addition to that role, the office serves as an administrative unit to five professional societies (American Indian Science and Engineering Society, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Professional Women and Society of Women Engineers).
Why is awareness important?
Cultural competency is an ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds through awareness of one's own cultural world view and one’s attitude towards cultural differences. Becoming knowledgeable about a wide variety of cultural practices permits our students to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and nationality borders.