The Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University will nurture and advance a culture:

  • where we recognize and embrace the strength that diversity and multiculturalism bring to our community and our research and education missions
  • where the practice of research, education and service is anti-racist
  • where we recognize the challenges faced by engineers from underrepresented groups as a result of bias and insufficient inclusion and support, and work to overcome prejudice in training, recruiting, and hiring 
  • where discrimination on the basis of, but not limited to, race, color, gender, sexual orientation and disability, is identified, addressed, and rectified to the best of our abilities. The DEI Committee will serve as an advisory/consultative body between faculty, staff, students, and EOAA or other campus offices if any related issues arise.  

Through our DEI action plan, we strive to create a just and equitable environment from which to advance education and research in chemical engineering and allied fields.  

Columbia Engineering and the wider University are deeply committed to cultivating a global community of scholars and researchers devoted to academic excellence and the translation of ideas into broad impact.


The Mateo Williams Diversity Award

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University is honored to establish the Mateo Williams Diversity Award to honor the dedication of Mateo to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

DEI Travel Funds Application

The faculty of the ChemE DEI Committee would like to make you aware of potential department funds to travel to DEI-related events and conferences.

Join the Conversation

We want to hear from you! If you have questions, feedback, suggestions, or want to get involved with diversity initiatives at Columbia ChemE, let us know!


Contact us at [email protected]

ChemE DEI Action Plan