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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in EAS

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive community for everyone in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) at Caltech.

Expanding science and engineering knowledge is foundational to our mission. Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion adds new perspectives and illuminates new paths for exploration.

Harry A. Atwater
Otis Booth Leadership Chair, Division of Engineering and Applied Science; Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science; Director, Liquid Sunlight Alliance

Our Goals

  • In building an environment of respect, kindness, collaboration, inclusion, and mentoring, we aim for each member of the EAS community to develop their potential and reach their goals unhindered by racism, sexism, or any other form of bias.
  • For EAS to lead the academic engineering community in both our intellectual output and reputation for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

I chose Caltech because of its people. Caltech's unique, focused, and inclusive community has been truly inspiring. I hope that throughout my graduate career here at Caltech, I am able to motivate more students from Puerto Rico and other underrepresented communities to apply to Caltech.

Jose Lasalde-Ramirez
2021 EAS Chair Scholar

Yazmin Gonzalez, M.A. (she/her/ella), Director of EAS Programs for Student Success

Yazmin Gonzalez

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Yazmin serves in the inaugural role of Director of EAS Programs for Student Success. In this capacity, she collaborates with Option Representatives and Option Managers to ensure that all EAS students receive the tailored support they need to thrive at Caltech. She oversees Division-wide efforts supporting student academic success and belonging. In addition, she serves as a resource on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

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Getting Help

Visit the Caltech Equity and Title IX Office page to access resources for getting help including:

EAS New Horizons Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

The Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences seeks annual nominations to recognize and honor individuals within the EAS community who have actively contributed to EAS's goal to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive engineering community. The award is available to members of the EAS community, including current students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and faculty. Learn more about the New Horizons DEI Awards.

The EAS DEI committee was formed with the intention to build a more supportive environment for its current and future students, postdocs, faculty and staff. Through concerted attention, collaboration and funding, the aim is to achieve tangible change by increasing awareness and accessibility to resources, providing thoughtful transparency, alleviating systemic obstacles for underrepresented groups, and updating standards and practices.

Tiffany Kimoto
Executive Director, Kavli Nanoscience Institute, and EAS DEI Committee member

EAS Standing Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Using the 2020 report from the EAS Division Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a starting point, the committee will:

  • Act as a source of best practices, resources, and sounding board for DEI efforts within EAS and the EAS options.
  • Support EAS/Caltech DEI affinity groups, clubs, and student/postdoc related activities.
  • Consider ways to use the New Horizons Diversity and Equity Fund.
  • Create an award and process for recognizing EAS students, staff, and faculty for leadership in DEI activities.
  • Improve interactions with Caltech EAS alumni to provide avenues for mentoring and networking, especially for students and postdocs from historically minoritized groups.
  • Partner with EAS leadership to support the Division's efforts to recruit and retain students and postdocs.
  • Provide feedback on EAS' web presence, including EAS programs, demographic data, and messaging around DEI.
  • Consider other issues as they arise.

Committee members:

  • Zachary Ahmad (graduate student, Materials Science Option)
  • Aisulu Aitbekova (KNI Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate in Applied Physics and Materials Science)
  • Joanna Austin (Professor, Aerospace)
  • Adam Blank (faculty, teaching assistant professor in Computing and Mathematical Sciences)
  • Jennifer Blankenship (options manager for Applied Physics and Materials Science)
  • Andrei Faraon (William L. Valentine Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering)
  • Hannah Fisher (undergraduate student, Mechanical Engineering Option)
  • Yazmin Gonzalez (director, EAS Programs for Student Success)
  • Melany Hunt (Dotty and Dick Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering; EAS DEI Committee Chair)
  • Austin Minnich (Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics; EAS Division Deputy Chair)
  • Tiffany Kimoto (executive director, Kavli Nanoscience Institute)
  • Snigdha Saha (undergraduate student, Computer Science)
  • Theresa Tsaggaris (graduate student, Mechanical Engineering Option)
  • Paul Wennberg (R. Stanton Avery Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Science and Engineering)

Undergraduate admission at Caltech is need-blind and actively supports student access, equity, and inclusion.

Graduate admission at Caltech is grounded in the understanding that civility and mutual respect for diversity of background, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, and marital and family status, are critical. We are dedicated to creating and sustaining an environment in which such diversity will flourish.

Caltech is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.