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.

Meet the DEI Committee

Celeste McFarlane, Diana Carranza - Undergraduate student representatives

Zijing Xu - Masters student representative

Sophia Chan, Mateo Williams - PhD student representatives

Dr. Amanda Baxter - Postdoc representative

Kathy Marte - Staff representative

Prof. Benjamin O’Shaughnessy, Prof. Sanat Kumar - Faculty representatives

Prof. Jingguang Chen - Department Chair (ex officio)

Prof. V. Faye McNeill - Committee Chair


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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!


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ChemE DEI Action Plan