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 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.
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. ECCO exists to address the underrepresentation of these populations of students,with a particular focus on African American and Hispanic students in Engineering.
Student chapters of the following professional organizations have a variety of events throughout the academic year and provide students with great networking opportunities.