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Welcome from the Associate Dean of Diversity

Welcome from the Associate Dean of Diversity


Sylvanus Wosu 

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Swanson School of Engineering (SSOE) Office of Diversity. SSOE diversity refers to the integrated differences and similarities that all individuals and programs contribute in the academic mission of the school. The mission of the Engineering Office of Diversity (EOD) is to create and sustain learning and working environments where those differences and similarities are valued and respected, and all students, especially women and underrepresented students are included and empowered to excel in engineering education. EOD provides comprehensive and continuous academic and community support services through a variety of  signature program areas: Pre-college Diversity (INVESTING NOW) is designed to prepare students from local high schools for college, especially for matriculation at the University of Pittsburgh; the undergraduate diversity program (PITT EXCEL) is designed to provide students access to academic counseling, peer mentoring, tutoring, engineering research, graduate school preparation and career development workshops, as well as a two-week intensive study skills, math and science review session for pre-freshmen. The other initiative by EOD is the Graduate Engineering (DGE) program  for the identification, preparation, recruitment and retention and ultimate PhD production of an increased number of women and underrepresented minority students.

The Engineering Office of Diversity is very unique in its approach to diversity, inclusion, and equity issues, with a holistic Diversity Management Program (DMP) plan that integrates a series of diversity education activities, workshops and seminars to create a healthy awareness of the University, school and nation’s diversity and inclusion goals and to foster intercultural sensitivity and a positive non-discriminatory workplace, learning and teaching climate in an inclusive engineering community.

The mission of the pre-college Investing Now (formerly known as PECAP) program is to provide academic enrichment support to high school students, especially from underrepresented groups, to academically enrich their preparation for science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) education, and provide them access to enrollment at the University of Pittsburgh or engineering school of their choice.  

The Pitt EXCEL undergraduate diversity program's primary mission is to provide support services and a positive community which will increase the enrollment, retention and ultimate graduation of economically disadvantaged and underrepresented student (URS) groups in the Swanson School of Engineering. 

The Diversity Graduate Engineering Program (DGEP) is designed to identify and recruit traditionally underrepresented students into Pitt graduate engineering programs through partnerships with student organizations, recruitment fairs and events, visits to other universities and colleges, graduate research experience, and diversity graduate fellowships and scholarships. DGEP focuses on developing and implementing the multi-campus and program partnership for URS access into PhD program by building bridges between a PhD granting institution and multiple graduate pipeline programs and non-PhD granting institutions and creating a graduate student-centered community for the production of increased number of URM STEM PhDs. 

There are many advantages for choosing to study engineering at the University of Pittsburgh:  EOD is unique in how it provides comprehensive support to URS from pre-college through graduate school "under one roof" in an inclusive and respectful academic community.  The Swanson School of Engineering has had measurable success in its diversity efforts for over 35 years.  Today, the school is moving their success to a new height with expanded programs for engineering excellence.  Through its diversity education initiatives, more than 85% of the students in the Swanson School of Engineering agree that the academic environment is positive and multi-culturally sensitive.  EOD is a recipient of the Chancellor's Affirmative Action Award for instituting a cutting-edge diversity vision that carried the school into the new millennium.            

The Swanson School of Engineering is a place where students are trained to be global leaders for today and tomorrow, from freshman to graduate and professional careers.  I am glad you have taken the time to explore our website and I personally invite you explore the opportunities we offer to you, student, parent, academic colleagues and industrial collaborators.


Sylvanus N. Wosu, PhD

Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs