Diversity Initiatives

The College of Engineering seeks to enhance the academic environment for underrepresented and female students, as well as increase the recruitment and retention of these student populations. Student Services and Diversity Initiatives acts as a support system for all students, providing opportunities for leadership development and professional growth with a focus on academic excellence and peer-related support. Our signature programs are below. 


Engineering Tiger Connections (ETC)

Engineering Tiger Connections (ETC) is the Engineering Diversity Programs’ Open House event held in the Fall semester during LSU’s Bengal Bound Week. This event is targeted to freshmen and transfer students enrolled in any of the majors offered in the College of Engineering. This program focuses on building the engineering student community and connection to the College of Engineering. ETC is sponsored by Marathon.


Women Impacting Style in Engineering (WISE)

WISE is a networking dinner and style show for female students with leading female professional engineers held during the Spring semester. WISE benefits LSU students by demonstrating how to dress appropriately at various events and provides an opportunity to network with women engineering professionals and build soft skills. WISE prepares these female students for successful professional image and presentation during interns, co-ops, and professional full-time positions. WISE is sponsored by Halliburton.


First Impressions

We have all heard the saying that "you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” "First Impressions" shines a new light on business and casual styles for our male students, especially our male students of color, who are underrepresented in engineering, computer science, construction management, and additional majors at LSU. The event provides a venue that demonstrates the importance of a strong first impression when interacting with professionals in the corporate environment and networking with professionals. This event is hosted by the LSU College of Engineering Diversity Programs' student organizations - National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative Fellows Program. First Impressions is sponsored by Shell and Chevron.



Over the past 39 years, the Recruitment into Engineering High Ability Multicultural Scholars (REHAMS) program has provided pre-college students an opportunity to explore engineering by presenting its academic structure and career possibilities. REHAMS is open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students, and female and minority students are encouraged to apply. The 2020 residential camp has been replaced with the Multicultural Engineering Tigers 2020 Introduction to Engineering summer camp and is offered to curious and motivated high school students. This online, real-time program gives high school students the chance to discover how engineers solve problems and to explore multiple engineering disciplines through LSU faculty-led presentations. These presentations are then followed by supplemental engineering activities that students can perform at home. Additional information can be found at https://precollege.lsu.edu/virtual#experiences.

REHAMS is supported, in part, by generous funding from Shell, ExxonMobil, Fluor, and Motiva.


Halliburton XCITE

eXploration Camp for Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers (XCITE) is a residential summer experience for rising 9th, 10th, and 11th grade female students. This engineering camp provides experiences for motivated high school girls who will interact with female role models and engineers. The focus of the program is to introduce students to the field of engineering and LSU through hands-on demonstrations, creative activities, field trips, and contact with industry professionals. The 2020 residential camp has been replaced with the virtual Halliburton Women in Engineering 2020 Introduction to Engineering summer camp, consisting of a series of Engineering 101 sessions and mini-projects. Additional information for the 2020 experience can be found at https://precollege.lsu.edu/virtual#experiences.

Halliburton XCITE is supported, in part, by generous funding from Halliburton, Marathon Petroleum, Capital One, and Fluor.


Diversity Staff

Associate Director
Sarah Jones

Professional In Residence – Retention & Diversity Initiatives
Roberto Champney