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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

Mission Statement

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.

History

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.

Marcos Esterman
Associate to the Provost for AALANA Faculty, Graduate Program Director for ISEE, Associate Professor
mxeeie@rit.edu
585-475-6922
GLE 1598
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Edward Hensel
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Director PhD in Engineering, Professor, PE
echeme@rit.edu
585-475-7684
HLC 2544
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Patricia Iglesias Victoria
Assistant Professor
pxieme@rit.edu
585-475-7694
GLE 2179
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Keith Jenkins
Professor
kpjgpt@rit.edu
585-475-7732
EAS/7048
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Venessa Mitchell
Director, Engineering Diversity Office
vmmeme@rit.edu
585-475-2162
ENG 2641/2643
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Doreen D. Edwards
Dean, Professor
ddeeen@rit.edu
585-475-2146
GLE 3205
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Reginald Rogers
Assistant Professor
rerche@rit.edu
585-475-4157
INS 2109
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Tomicka Wagstaff, Ed.D.
Senior Director for Academic Access & Support Grants
tcgnsc@rit.edu
475-6259
CPC 2730
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Student Partners

Brandon Cornel, SASE Software Engineering (SE)
Third Year
bcc4679@.rit.edu
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Jorge (Tony) Mendoza, SHPE
Mechanical Eng. Tech.,  BS and Manufacturing & Mechanical Systems Integration, MS
Third Year
jam7617@rit.edu
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Kenton Connors, NSBE
Civil Engineering Technology (CET)
Fourth Year
kdc5799@rit.edu
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Lawrence Lee, SASE
Electrical Engineering (EE)
Second Year
lsl7801@rit.edu
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Melissa St. Preux, NSBE
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Fifth year
mxs8643@rit.edu
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Activities

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 Family Day-National Engineers Week Feb. 20-25, 2017

    

 Photos from the 2017 ECCO Center Retreat

               

Click on each link for information and forms about the Diversity Retreat (forms are from the 2017 Retreat)

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 Organizations

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

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

National Society of Black Engineers

Society of Asian Scientist and Engineers

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

 

Contact Us

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, or have any questions, please contact us.

Address:

Building ENG (17) Room 2641/2643

77 Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY 14623-5603

Phone: 585-475-2162

Fax: 585-475-7710

Email: kgediversity@rit.edu

 

 
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