Diversity and Inclusion

Student listening in a Drexel classroom

Our multicultural city of Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the nation — the perfect setting for enriching the community fabric of the experience as a student. Drexel Engineering has been a pioneer for student engagement, providing space for creativity and belonging for students, faculty and staff. In 2022, Drexel Engineering was recognized as a bronze awardee for diversity by the American Society of Engineering Educators, and continues to be a LSAMP STEM program and GEM Fellowship school.

You may have a pre-existing idea of what it means to be an engineer. We understand that breaking into a STEM field can be more of a challenge, particularly for those students who identify as female or from historically underrepresented groups. Drexel Engineering recognizes the individuality of each student and the value of diversity of thoughts and ideas that contribute to innovation. We are dedicated to ensuring that each and every student finds their best fit, feels supported, and finds a welcoming environment that sets them up for success regardless of their major. Drexel Engineering is dedicated to growing and graduating the next generation of engineers and scholars that will transform the profession.

The following are just a sampling of the College resources and programs supporting our students:

  • DELTA Summer Bridge Program – A summer, two-week residential program aimed at enhancing skills in math and science, providing an introduction to college life and building a community of learners that last throughout the college experience.

  • Dragon Jamboree – annual welcome back bash for all STEM students, faculty, staff and alumni with networking, food, music, and community. Students learn more about becoming members of student organizations, co-op opportunities from corporations and how to stay connected.

  • Real Talk Thursday – series consists of dynamic conversation, while enjoying meals, tackling hot topics affecting our campus community, city, nation and our world.

  • Community Study Sessions

  • Communications via DEI newsletters

  • Student Organizations such as Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers , the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers , National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers , to name just a few, are incredibly vibrant resources, providing networking opportunities, social activities and contribute to the success of their members.

  • Dedicated advocate and DEI Director, Terrance Harris

  • Scholarships:

    • Award to Increase Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Diversity (AIME)– National funding awarded to the College of Engineering to support and grow the student population in these fields, the resources included funds for technology, programming, financial assistance and more

    • Innovative Drexel Engineers to Advance Leadership Scholars Award – a College scholarship awarded to people of all backgrounds, with financial need, meant to encourage students to transform into engineering leaders.

    • Bridge to the Doctorate – is a graduate student fellowship program, funded by the NSF, committed to engaging students from underrepresented backgrounds.