Office of Equity, Belonging, and Student Engagement | College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences | The University of Vermont(title)

The CEMS Office of Equity, Belonging, and Student Engagement is committed to the principles of equity, justice, and accountability in higher education. We strive to provide support and encouragement to student leaders, mentors, and the BIPOC community, as well as those serving clubs and organizations.

This office’s fundamental guiding principles and expectations are informed by the concepts supporting transformative justice.

  • We recognize the many ways that this work takes a toll on the mental and emotional well-being of BIPoC folks who conduct it, as well as the BIPoC, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and disabled folks for whom we advocate.
  • We appreciate the consideration of the myriad ways these communities may be impacted by world and local events, university systems and structures, and their interactions with those in CEMS and on campus. 
  • We value ways of being or knowing that may differ from those of engineers and mathematicians who have not been introduced to decolonizing and anti-oppression praxis.
  • We value amplifying the voices of those who often go unheard or not considered.
  • We value recognition for the contributions of minoritized and undervalued community members in CEMS and STEM.
  • Finally, we value being part of a team that demonstrates their commitment to social justice through their words and deeds and that considers students in their entirety as we consider the whole person in our advising and support roles.

This office’s key areas of focus include​:

  • Retention Support for Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Education, Training, Awareness Lecture Support and Speaking Engagements​
  • Professional Development​
  • Support for HESA and undergraduate students through eSTEM (Excellence in STEM) BIPOC student support, CEMS Study CATS, Sophomore Retention, and Club Leader and Mentor Support, among other initiatives.
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Office Location: Votey 365B

Directions to the office from Innovation: Head to the second floor of Innovation Hall and take the bridge that connects the second floor of Innovation to the third floor of Votey. At the end of the bridge take a left down the hall and once you reach the end of the hall take a right. The office is on your left halfway down where the big printer is located.

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