Christine Heinrichs | November 25, 2016
DIVERSITY ON CAMPUS REQUIRES more than a diverse student body, and the University of Notre Dame is excelling at encouraging diversity by supporting students and faculty with everything they need to succeed.
"There's a lot that goes into building a culture: that is truly diverse: diverse faculty, graduate students, peer mentors," says Peter Kilpatrick, McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering at Notre Dame. "'We are working on all these steps in parallel, and we've made progress in all of them."
Dual degree programs allow Notre Dame to partner with historically black colleges and universities and women’s colleges to offer engineering degrees, the Minority Engineering Program and Women's Engineering Program respectively.
By partnering with more than 20 minority higher education institutions across the country that don't offer engineering programs, Notre Dame is able to award dual degrees with the student's first university through the Minority Engineering Program. Students spend three years at their original school, and then transfer to Notre Dame for two years of engineering study. After completing the program, they graduate with a bachelor’s degree from both schools.