Transforming organizational culture to create an environment that celebrates equity, inclusion and diversity is the goal of a task force recently established in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The CECS Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Task Force comprises students, faculty and staff who are working to identify and implement actionable strategies to transform the college’s culture and promote the success of under-represented groups in STEM disciplines.

“As educators and mentors of students who will be future engineers and computer scientists, our college has a bent toward problem-solving and making things better,” says Michael Georgiopoulos, dean. “There is plenty we can do, as individuals and collectively, to promote equity, inclusion and diversity. The EID Task Force is a step forward in this important collective effort.”

The task force is chaired by Pamela Wisniewski, associate professor, Computer Science, and co-chaired by Ali P. Gordon, associate dean for Graduate Affairs and LeeAnn Roberts, interim director of the CECS Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

“CECS leadership realized that our college needed a group of passionate individuals who have a deep personal commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity to spearhead this task force and show our students, staff and faculty that we are serious about making real changes,” Wisniewski says.

Since its formation in the fall, the task force has created subcommittees on data collection and benchmarking, internal and external communications, and promoting underrepresented groups.

The inaugural task force members are:

Students

  • Jason Davis, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Alexi Deane, Industrial Engineering and Management Systems
  • Rodolfo Valiente Romero, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Nicole Wright, Computer Science

Faculty Members

  • Stephanie Florczyk, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Helen Huang, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Luis Rabelo, Professor, Industrial Engineering and Management Systems

Staff Members

  • Sean Donovan, Academic Advisor II, Computer Science
  • Ashley Duprat, Academic Advisor III, CECS Academic Affairs Office
  • Marisa Ramiccio, Communications Coordinator, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

More information is included on the EID Task Force website.

The CECS Office of Diversity and Inclusion supports the college’s efforts – including the EID Task Force – to be more diverse and inclusive. The office can connect faculty and staff to diversity training courses, refamiliarize faculty and staff with UCF’s guidelines and policies for equity, contribute to a recruitment search committee, foster connections among faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds, and more. Visit the CECS ODI webpage for more information.

Story by Marisa Ramiccio