MU Engineering Director of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives Tojan Rahhal is the new Strategic Direction Chair for the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA).
The center, which opened in 2017, launched as a welcoming space for students, faculty and staff within the College of Engineering. The program is spearheaded by Director of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives Tojan Rahhal, who began her work with the space back in March 2017.
Trevor Bajkowski, Matthew Deardorff, Caleb Heinzman, Max Highsmith and Luke Kruse were the first class of Dean’s Engineering Excellence Fellowship Recipients.
The University of Missouri STEM Cubs Program received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.
The College of Engineering recently received grants totaling $355,770 as part of the UM System and MU Inclusive Excellence plan to support a variety of inclusivity efforts within the College.
Last weekend, Lafferre Hall played host to 120+ students for the third edition of STEM Cubs, the free engineering day camp that illustrates the importance of exploratory and experiential learning in science, technology, engineering and math for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.
Find Your EDGEs combines the expertise areas of both of its founders — engineering for Tojan Rahhal and social science for Miguel Ayllon — in order to provide hands-on training in leadership, diversity and project management skills in a global context.
The goal of the event is to showcase the field of engineering and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers to girls in grades six through nine and their parents. Women are typically underrepresented in engineering careers, and events such as Daughter Engineering Day seek to help grow the number of women in the field by developing an early interest.
The funding from the Construction Specification Institute allowed the latest STEM Cubs event to double in size, from 60 kids total to 120, and ensured that they were provided with food and materials for the various activities, including building ramps, 3D printing, constructing string telephones and more.
The inaugural event was organized by multiple students affiliated with the MU College of Engineering’s various diversity organizations and its Office of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives.