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University of Southern California

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Diversity Initiatives

Gender equity and ethnic diversity are embedded in our educational objectives and are described in detail in our strategic plan for excellence diversity. The complete plan is included in Appendix VIII of this report. The BMES seeks to increase the diversity of its participants at all levels. Specific diversity goals of the education program include:
·        Increase the diversity of faculty involved in the BMES through recruitment
·        Increase diversity of students (undergraduate and graduate) participating in BMES research and education programs
·        Increase diversity of students recruited to undergraduate and graduate programs in biomedical engineering
·        Utilize Los Angeles and Southern California as an educational environment where learning has no boundaries
The BMES Diversity Plan includes on both short and long term efforts to increase the numbers of underrepresented minorities and women in all roles at all levels of the center. This common goal of increasing diversity is shared and supported by the senior leadership as well as the senior administration of each partner institution. To attract more women and underrepresented minority faculty to the BMES ERC, we have secured four positions and are actively recruiting. This past year, we have interview four potential candidates (3 Hispanic and 1 woman). BMES seeks to supply such candidates to the academic pipeline by recruiting and training diverse populations of students from K-12 to undergraduate to graduate levels. In particular, BMES has implemented aggressive recruitment initiatives at the undergraduate level by increasing nationwide awareness of BMES summer programs through the website, flyer dissemination, and seminars. In addition, BMES has made a dramatic impact in increasing undergraduate research participation by working closely with diversity and student organizations as well as securing research funding for undergraduate researchers from multiple sources (Merit Scholar Program, WiSE Undergraduate Research Grants, McNair Scholars Program, REU, and TCUP REU). The emphasis on undergraduate research will lead to attract more diverse populations of students for our graduate programs. To attract more graduate students, similar tactics of increasing nationwide awareness with an emphasis on recruiting forums (conferences, recruiting events, seminars) and securing fellowships and top-off awards have been implemented.

Diversity Initiative Organization Websites

For information on American Indian diversity initiative organizations, visit the American Indian Science and Engineering Society website at and the American Indian Graduate Center at

For information on an African American diversity initiative organization, visit the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) website at

For information on a Hispanic diversity initiative organization, visit the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) website at

For information on women diversity initiative organizations, visit the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) website at and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) at

For graduate students seeking a diversity initiative organization visit the Minority Engineering Graduate Association (MEGA) website at

The Louis Stroke Alliance for Minority Program (LSAMP) is a comprehensive, statewide program dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minority (URM) groups graduating from campuses of the California State University (CSU) with baccalaureate degrees in science, engineering, and mathematics (SEM) disciplines. It is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). For more information about LSAMP visit