Celebrating our Diversity

Share Your Own Personal Diversity Story



In the College of Engineering, all are welcome. To better share the stories of how our faculty, staff, students and alumni are diverse in their many varying forms, we are celebrating various heritage and other nationally recognized months. This recognition will include stories about those in our greater engineering community, as well as sharing events and other opportunities.

Previous Months



Inclusive Excellence
The University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) College of Engineering (COE) is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion amongst our faculty and student body. Our goal is to increase the percentage of faculty and students from underrepresented groups in science and engineering, with the long-term goal of reaching the same percentages found in the greater community.

ASEE Diversity Recognition Program - Bronze Award


Dr. Ana P. Barros

College of Engineering Seminar Series: Distinguished Speaker

Measuring and Understanding Precipitation Processes in the Southern Appalachians – A 10-year Journey


Wednesday, October 13
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dr. Ana P. Barros
Chair in Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Head
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


September 15 - October 15
Yajaira Lopez-Villa sitting on some steps for a photo.
Meet a Husker: Yajaira Lopez-Villa
Academic Advisor
“I hope that during this month and the other heritage months folks take time to learn more about other cultures and attend different events and celebrate with their peers how beautiful diversity is.”

Meet Yajaira
Alexis Martinez
Meet a Husker: Alexis Martinez
Student, Civil Engineering Major
“As an underrepresented group in the engineering field, I am blessed to lead and work with many amazing people on a daily basis. I hope to see more minority groups be represented in engineering in the future.”

Meet Alexis
Andrea Paola Arguelles taking a selfie
Meet a Husker: Andrea Paola Arguelles
Ph.D. 2016, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, UNL
Assistant Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanic, Penn State University
"My heritage is an integral part of my identity. I did not realize how much until I left my home country [Venezuela] to pursue higher education in the U.S. The biggest lesson I carry with me from my Hispanic upbringing is the importance of family."

Read Andrea's Story
Francisco Munoz-Arriola
Meet a Husker: Dr. Francisco Munoz-Arriola
Associate Professor, Hydroinformatics and Predictive Analytics, Department of Biological Systems Engineering /
Associate Professor, Integrated Hydroclimate and Geospatial Analytics, School of Natural Resources
"In my lab, as in the classroom, I create a welcoming environment that extols the virtues of diversity, inclusiveness, and equity as a means to civic and intellectual advancement."

Read Francisco's Story
Stephanie Perez and her boyfriend Bailey at Sioux Falls
Meet a Husker: Stephanie Perez
Civil Engineering major, College of Engineering
"I have always held the belief that my heritage is what keeps me, and my family grounded and allows us to have a unique outlook on life that we otherwise would not have."

Read Stephanie's Story
Alma Ramirez-Rodgers
Meet a Husker: Alma Ramirez-Rodgers
Senior assistant director of student development, College of Engineering
"As a first-generation female of Mexican descent, I believe I’m a living testimonial that although there may be several challenges one might face in life, these can be overcome with perseverance (or “ganas” as my dad would say)."

Read Alma's Story