Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Engineering

Notre Dame Engineering is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) throughout the Engineering community. A more diverse, equitable, and inclusive College will enhance and enrich the educational environment for us all.

Images featuring student diversity in Engineering

In Fall 2020, a College of Engineering task force, appointed by Dean Patricia Culligan and chaired by Associate Dean Ron Metoyer, evaluated every aspect of the College with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The task force made a series of recommendations for long- and short-term efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive community.

Read or download the ND Engineering DEI Action Items.

In Spring 2021, the College appointed Yvette Rodriguez as its first Director of DEI in Engineering.

In Fall 2021, the College established a standing Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, including faculty from each department as well as staff, graduate student, and undergraduate representatives. The committee, which will meet twice a month, is charged with guiding progress on DEI initiatives across the College.

The College undertakes this work under the guidance of Notre Dame’s principles of diversity and inclusion, which call us to respect the dignity of every person; build a Notre Dame community in which all can flourish; and live in solidarity with all, particularly the most vulnerable.


Yvette Rodriguez

Yvette Rodriguez
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Engineering

College of Engineering Standing Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Ron Metoyer, professor and associate dean

Faculty Directors of DEI in each  department

Melissa Berke (CEEES) 
Monisha Ghosh (EE)
Tijana Milenkovic (CSE)
Jennifer Schaefer (CBE) 
Pinar Zorlutuna (AME) 

Dean’s office

Yvette Rodriguez, director of DEI
Leo McWilliams, assistant dean for undergraduate programs
Jay Brockman, director, Center for Civic Innovation  

Graduate students

Nicole Cortes (CBE) 
Alberto Rodriguez (CSE)

Staff representative

Annie Cahill Kelly (CEEES)

Student representatives
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPe)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Asian American Association of Notre Dame
  • PrismND (LGBTQ+A)