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College of Engineering and Computing

Foundational Goal 2: Promote a diverse culture of inclusion, integrity, and collaboration that deepens understanding and embraces intercultural and global experiences.

Objective 1: Attract and retain a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Metric 18: Grow the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff.

Strategies:

  • Forge partnerships with high schools with diverse student populations (e.g., Dater High School in Cincinnati).
  • Seek external funding for program transformation focused on increasing diversity (e.g., NSF Advance, NSF S—STEM).
  • Get engaged in the new University Summer Program.
  • Enhance direct involvement in the Bridges Program.
  • Capitalize on having a faculty member serving on the Board of Overseers of M2SE (Minorities in Mathematics, Engineering and Science).
  • Capitalize on Miami’s participation in the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program.
  • Increase the percentage of CEC female students.
  • Follow best practices for diversity hiring in every future faculty and staff search.

Objective 2: Create an environment where our people live, learn, and work cooperatively with those of widely varied backgrounds, beliefs, abilities, and lifestyles, moving beyond boundaries to welcome, seek, and understand diverse peoples and perspectives.

Metric 19: 75% of Miami students will report that they feel welcome and have had significant and meaningful interactions with diverse groups.

Strategies:

  • Enhance global experiences of CEC students.
  • Ensure diversity on departmental and college-wide professional organizations, honors societies, and advisory councils.
  • Ensure that a significant number of experiential learning activities offered by CEC address directly or indirectly diversity challenges.
  • Encourage faculty and staff participation in university multicultural training.
  • Ensure that a significant part of the responsibilities of the new part-time CEC director of communications be devoted to creating a welcoming environment described in Objective 2 (see above).
  • Ensure that the new part-time CEC director of communication promote university multicultural events and training.

Objective 3: Achieve cultural competency among members of the Miami community by immersing them in domestically and globally relevant learning experiences.

Metric 20: 60% of Miami students will study abroad or study away.

We project that engineering and computing students’ participation in the study abroad programs will lag behind the university’s participation by about 10% due to a strong, and growing, competition with experiential learning activities enhanced as a result of implementing CEC 2020 Strategic Plan and due to financial needs of CEC students exceeding those in other academic divisions at Miami. Hence, we aspire to having 50% of our students studying abroad or away.

Strategies:

  • Require each department in our college to develop (or enhance if applicable) and sustain international collaboration with two—three international partners.
  • Seek to grow philanthropic support for study abroad.
  • Focus on developing global internships across the whole globe, particularly in South America and Africa.
  • Engage students in research conducted away of the campus.
  • Market study abroad/study away opportunities more effectively.
  • Capitalize on the establishment of the winter term to develop new international opportunities.
  • Encourage participation in MU Study Abroad Fair.
  • Develop international internship opportunities.
  • Engage the MUDEC (Luxembourg) in developing international internship opportunities.
  • Ensure that the new Miami Plan replacing the current Miami Global Plan does not eliminate the incentives to study abroad contained in the latter.
  • Seek partnerships with other Miami departments to forge new international collaborations.
  • Collaborate with AIMS to involve CEC students in the San Francisco internship program in the spring.

Metric 21: All Miami students will have a curricular or co-curricular cultural learning experience, e.g., intensive community engagement, service learning experience, intercultural or global learning requirement.

Strategies:

Implementing the same strategies listed for metrics five, six, seven, and twenty will result in meeting this goal.

Objective 4: Expand, virtually and physically, Miami's global environment.

Metric 22: All faculty and staff will engage in meaningful, globally diverse cultural activities (e.g., volunteer or community engagement, course or workshops on global and intercultural topics, professional training on diversity issues).

Strategies:

  • Engage in research collaborations with international scholars.
  • Host international scholars.
  • Give presentations at international conferences.
  • Lead a study abroad program.
  • Secure international grant sponsorships and fellowships.
  • Help recruit international students.
  • Attend programming related to global diversity issues.

Metric 23: Miami will expand, virtually and physically, by 25%, its international partnerships and activities to increase its impact on the global stage.

Strategies:

  • Require each department in our college to develop (or enhance if applicable) and sustain international collaboration with two—three international partners.