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.



Recruiting into Engineering High-Ability Multicultural Students Camp invites 10th–12th grade male and female students from all backgrounds to learn about various disciplines of engineering during a one-week residential camp. Students will be guided around LSU’s campus by current engineering students and participate in faculty-led engineering sessions and activities. Students will also experience a day in the life of a professional engineer through off-campus industry tours. The highlight of this camp is the Design Project Competition, where students work in small teams to design and build a project while incorporating time, budget, aesthetics, and functionality. 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.



The Multicultural Engineering Tigers Program gives high school students from all over the country the chance to discover how engineers solve problems and explore multiple engineering disciplines through faculty-led presentations and activities that students perform at home in virtual groups coached by LSU Engineering students. Each student will receive a kit containing materials and a list of common supplies needed to complete the activities. This camp is the virtual version of the traditional Recruiting into Engineering High-Ability Multicultural Students, or REHAMS, Camp. 


Halliburton XCITE

The Halliburton eXploration Camp Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers Camp is a 9th-11th grade all-female, one-week residential camp geared towards increasing the number of women in STEM fields through exposure to various engineering disciplines. Participants will explore, create, experiment, build, code, design, and engage in a variety of engineering and college prep activities guided by female LSU Engineering students. One of the more memorable events is the Women’s Panel Discussion during the Industry Luncheon, where participants network with professional women in an intimate setting. Students will close out the week with a Design Competition in which they will compete on teams to design, build, and present a project. 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