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Inclusion at Baskin Engineering

“By removing boundaries to world-class engineering education and research, we ensure that there are no limits to who can contribute to a world elevated by bold and socially responsible innovation.”
—Alexander L. Wolf, Dean of Baskin Engineering

Our dedication to engineering for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). Baskin Engineering is committed to supporting historically underserved communities in STEM. We lead with an equity-centered engineering mindset in how we teach, research, and support each other. 

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Skills with value

The CIDER Pilot Training Program aims to reduce barriers to entry into drone research and industry with access to drone hardware and the opportunity to gain flight hours.

Professor Marcella Gomez

Fostering DEI through leadership

As Baskin Engineering’s inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Marcella Gomez seeks to promote a community of support for a school that will reflect the demographics of California.

Full circle community

Computer engineering student Katia Avila Pinedo has helped to build and maintain UCSC’s strong community in her work as a peer mentor for the MESA Engineering Program.

Doctoral diversity

A grant from the UC-Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative funds programs that expand pathways to faculty careers for underrepresented minorities in the biomedical sciences.

Diverse Voices

Diverse Voices previous speakers

The Diverse Voices professional speaker series brings inspiring industry professionals to the UC Santa Cruz campus to engage with Baskin Engineering students.

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Baskin Engineering Sponsored Programs

Baskin Engineering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan (2022)

The Baskin School of Engineering is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the school and beyond.

Baskin Engineering Excellence Scholars (BEES)

The BEES program prepares students for the academic rigors of university by giving them the tools and resources necessary to achieve academic excellence, not only in their first year, but into their remaining undergraduate career.

Cal-Bridge Computer Science

The mission of Cal-Bridge is to increase the number of California State University (CSU) students from traditionally underrepresented groups completing bachelors and Ph.D. degrees in physics, astronomy, computer science and engineering, and other STEM fields. 

Genomics Institute Diversity Programs

The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute strives to involve all people—regardless of race, class, and gender—in our genomics-related research and scholarship. Our diversity programs are designed to encourage and assist underrepresented students in the field with financial aid, support, and campus resources.

Girls in Engineering

Girls in Engineering brings middle school students to the UCSC campus for a week-long camp designed to encourage girls to explore the STEM fields and to get excited about engineering.

Inclusive Excellence

Baskin Engineering provides access and academic excellence to historically underrepresented students through implementing high impact practices and initiatives, changing the climate, and supporting faculty to implement innovative ideas for inclusive pedagogy.

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA Engineering Program)

MESA provides academic and personal support to encourage the academic success of engineering students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college or are from historically marginalized backgrounds.

Next Generation Scholars in Applied Mathematics program (SAM)

The SAM program is designed to help low-income students successfully complete the Scientific Computer and Applied Mathematics masters program, and launch them in their desired career.

Campus Sponsored Programs

Academic Excellence Program (ACE)

For over thirty years, the ACE program has been increasing the diversity of students earning their bachelors degrees in STEM at UC Santa Cruz. We advance educational equity by engaging students in active learning, peer mentoring, skill-building, and community development.

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center strives to support retention and graduation of students with disabilities, promote a non-discriminatory campus environment, and encourage student development and independence.


Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Programs provides a variety of academic and personal support programs designed to improve the retention and academic success of first-generation college students from low-income and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

Hate Bias Response

The students and employees at UCSC appreciate the diversity of humanity and reject prejudice, discrimination, and acts of bias. Hate or bias incidents that are addressed by the Hate/Bias Response Team include actions that are motivated by hate or bias but may not meet the necessary elements required to prove a hate crime.

Learning Support Services (LSS)

LSS provides UCSC undergraduate students inclusive learning sessions facilitated by advanced peers to build a strong foundation for success and engage with a community of learners.

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)

MESA engages thousands of educationally disadvantaged students so they excel in math and science and graduate with math-based degrees. MESA partners with all segments of California higher education as well as K-12 institutions.

STEM Diversity Research Programs

The STEM Diversity Research Programs prepare students to pursue and attain higher degrees in STEM. Students gain research experience and opportunities for professional development while obtaining holistic support and mentoring.

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