SF State Science & Engineering dean joins call for greater diversity in engineering

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 4, 2015 -- Keith Bowman, dean of the College of Science & Engineering at San Francisco State University, joined his fellow deans across the country in affirming his support for increasing diversity in engineering and pledging to take specific actions on campus to further that aim.

Bowman was one of more than 100 cosigners of a letter from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) that was presented today during the first White House Demo Day. In the letter, Bowman joined his colleagues in committing to:

  • Develop a diversity plan for SF State's engineering programs with help and input from national organizations focused on increasing participation in the field
  • Establish at least one K-12 or community college pipeline activity aimed at increasing the diversity and inclusiveness of SF State's engineering student body
  • Develop strong partnerships between research-intensive engineering schools and non-Ph.D.-granting engineering schools serving populations underrepresented in engineering
  • Develop and implement proactive strategies to increase the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in SF State's faculty

"I have been inspired by the efforts of our faculty, staff and students committed to make a difference and broaden the spectrum of scientists and engineers prepared for careers as innovators," Bowman said. "The ASEE is providing key leadership we need to be successful, and I am happy to support this effort, which aligns completely with SF State's core value of equity as expressed in the University's strategic plan."

SF State's College of Science & Engineering is strongly engaged in programs designed to advance the diversity of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Engineering faculty and staff lead programs such as the Summer Engineering Institute, which provides a two-week residential experience in hands-on, design-oriented projects to high school and community college students in collaboration with Cañada College. The MESA (mathematics, engineering and science achievement) Engineering Program provides academic support and counseling to students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in STEM.

The SF State School of Engineering also has very active chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers all of which are advised by SF State faculty and staff. In addition, there are numerous other programs across the College of Science & Engineering designed to broaden participation in STEM fields, including SF BUILD and Bridges to the Doctorate