Boise State recognized for increasing diversity in engineering program

Posted at 5:11 PM, Aug 02, 2019

BOISE — Boise State has seen a 36% increase in enrollment of Hispanic students and a 28% increase for female student enrollment since 2014.

The university has increased efforts for recruiting and retention, mainly for female and Hispanic students, since according to the the staff, those are the areas experiencing the most growth in the field nationally. The engineering department works closely with admissions to recruit more female students. Faculty members often say Boise State alumni who work in the engineering field post-graduation come back to the career fairs and stress the importance of diversity in the stem field.

“We want to prepare our students for a global and competitive environment,” said assistant dean Diana Garza, “Diverse teams have better outcomes, so ’that’s part of what we’re trying to create in the classroom, where our students have an opportunity to be working in diverse environments.”

The awards range from bronze to silver to gold. Seventy-four different universities across the country were recognized, including Boise State University and the University of Idaho. The award status lasts for three years.

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