Diversity
Updates

To keep ourselves accountable and encourage community engagement with MSE Department DEI efforts, we will share relevant milestones, news, and events here. To view upcoming events and latest news for the MSE Department generally, please click here.

Spring 2021

  • This year's Hilliard Symposium, chaired by Prof. Derk Joester, will feature a workshop and presentation to initiate conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department led by Dr. Michael J. Rawlings. The addition of this programming was led by the student advisory committee to the Hilliard Symposium (graduate students Bradley Moreno, Namrata Ramani, and Ruth Lee). Learn more here
  • In addition to our regular colloquium events, the MSE Department is hosting a new Spring Seminar Series highlighting recent advances and breakthroughs in materials research by early career scientists and engineers. More details can be found here.
  • The MSE Spring Town Hall hosted with MSSA will be held in May 2021. More information will be posted here.

Winter 2021

  • The graduate student DEI Committee representatives, Julia Downing and Ramya Gurunathan, have been hosting DEI Office Hours via Zoom to facilitate dialogue on topics including inclusivity considerations in advisor selection, policing at NU and in Evanston as it affects MSE students, international student support, and conflict resolution in the department. Please contact Julia and Ramya for more information on how to participate.
  • The first of 2021's virtual visits for prospective students included a presentation from the DEI Committee and a panel discussion led by MatSAIC (Materials Science Alliance for an Inclusive Community).

Fall 2020

  • DEI Committee Chair Sossina Haile participated in a webinar panel discussion presented by the MRS Women in Materials Science and Engineering working group on "Intersections of Underrepresentation in Materials Science and Engineering." Watch the event here.
  • The first wellness check-in event hosted by the department for first-year PhD students was held in December 2020. Mental health resources shared at the event can be found here. (An inaugural first-year student town hall was held in partnership with MSSA in January 2021.)

Summer 2020

  • Student-led town halls (one hosted by MSSA and one hosted by MatSci Club) occurred in August. These events featured presentations from the faculty's preliminary DEI Task Force and critical questions from participants.
  • The DEI Committee was subsequently formed to continue promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion across department communities.