Engineers of Color Creating Opportunities
ECCO Center Overview
The ECCO Center - Engineers of Color Creating Opportunities provides diversity initiatives and programs devoted to increasing the number of underrepresented African American, Latino American and Native American (AALANA) student engineers in the college. Supporting successful graduation rates, providing community service opportunities, and preparing these students for leadership roles within the engineering profession.
A series of programs and events throughout the academic year will be committed to enhancing the educational experiences of the AALANA engineering students while providing student networking and relationship building opportunities.
Mission & History
The ECCO Center diversity initiatives and programs at RIT is dedicated to expanding the representation of AALANA engineers and preparing students for leadership roles within the engineering profession.
The African American, Latino American, and Native American (AALANA) population of students in engineering have traditionally been underrepresented. The Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT noted, 5.4% Hispanic, 6.9% Asian, 3.1% African-American, 1.8% mixed race, 24% unknown, .2% American Indian in the 2014 fall enrollment class. It is clear that there was a need to address the underrepresentation of these populations of student with a particular focus on African American and Hispanic students in Engineering. 1
1 The Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT (2014). Fast Facts. Retrieved from http://www.rit.edu/kgcoe/about/fast-facts
Executive Advisory Board
The Executive Advisory Board provides consistent guidance to the Director of the ECCO Center on diversity initiatives, strategic direction, programs, and partnerships. They assist with the extensive collaborations with University Programs, College of Engineering Departments, Faculty, Industry and Academic partners. This valued method of operation will have a positive impact on programs and student success.
Phone Power January to March - Students reach out via telephone to accepted AALANA engineering students to congratulate them on their acceptance to RIT and answer questions from a current student’s perspective.
Congratulatory invitations February to March - cards are mailed out to the accepted AALANA engineering students inviting them to the engineering diversity retreat
Photos from the 2016 ECCO Center Retreat
Photos from Family Day-National Engineers Week Feb. 20-25, 2017
Click on each link for information and forms about the Diversity Retreat (forms are from the 2016 Retreat)
- AALANA Parent Schedule
- AALANA Student Schedule
- Engineering Diversity Registration Form
- KGE Diversity Participant Conduct Contract Form
- KGE Diversity Student Volunteer Contract Form
- KGE Diversity Student Volunteer Form
- KGE Diversity Retreat Parcipant Questionnaire
- KGE Diversity Retreat Visitor's Map
- Parking Permit
- KGE Diversity Travel Subsidy Form 2017
- W9 2014 Form
A travel reimbursement is available for some attendees to partially offset travel expenses. Download the form here to see if you qualify and have all of the required information.
Student chapters of the following professional organizations have a variety of events throughout the academic year and provide students with great networking opportunities. Click on each these to learn more
If you would like to be added to our mailing list, or have any questions, please contact us.
Building ENG (17) Room 2641/2643
77 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603