Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity is our strength. Equity is our goal. Inclusion is our strategy.

We value diversity, in all its forms, as a means to fulfill our mission to produce graduates who impact society and enable research that ripples through our economy and communities. We embrace our responsibility to ensure our student body and faculty and staff represent the global community and, secondly, we challenge ourselves to provide greater access and pathways to those who have been traditionally underrepresented in engineering and computer science.

Through our centers and institutes, we are uniquely positioned to increase the number of under-represented students pursuing STEM degrees and utilize technology to address poverty and support sustainable economic development. While the centers and institutes are the organizational homes for these endeavors, our students, faculty, and staff shoulder the responsibility for true impact and equity.

It is often said that culture eats strategy for breakfast; therefore, it is essential that we commit to maintaining a learning and working environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging. Transparency, curiosity, advocacy, and respect are the bedrocks in which we build an inclusive culture.

Our mission to “do good” lays the foundation for our DEI strategic plan. Our plan outlines goals and strategies that will:

  • Increase enrollment, retention, graduation and first destination success of undergraduate Black/African American and Hispanic/LatinX students
  • Develop a comprehensive plan to recruit, retain, and promote under-represented faculty
  • Support staff career development and advancement

Lyle School of Engineering recognized with ASEE Bronze award for diversity and inclusion

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Diversity Recognition Program recognizes engineering colleges that make significant, measurable progress in increasing the diversity, inclusion, and degree attainment outcomes of their programs. The bronze level recognition is the highest level ASEE currently has for this honor.
Black@Lyle Initiative

Black@Lyle Initiative

In step with the larger SMU Moving Forward Together Initiative, the Lyle School is embracing the opportunity to increase the number of Black and Hispanic students study engineering.



Diversity, Equity and Inclusion resources for students, faculty and staff can be found here. 

SMU's Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) awarded the National Small Chapter of the Year for 2019-20

Congratulations to SMU SHPE for winning the Best Small Chapter in the country! Thank you to Manuela Murillo-Sanchez for her extraordinary leadership over the last two years and we look forward to working with this year’s President, Cesar Sanchez.



Kathy Hubbard, Assistant Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Kathy Hubbard is the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Lyle School of Engineering. She is responsible for the school’s DEI Strategic Plan to increase the number of minoritized student enrollment and graduation and  attract and retain diverse faculty and staff as well as ensure that the school’s polices and practices align with DEI values.

Kathy sits on several university-wide committees, and she is the Advisor for the Lyle school’s National Society of Black of Engineers and a consultant to the Society of Hispanic Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers student organizations.

Phone: 214-768-3033