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Office of Diversity Programs

Established in 1973, the Office of Engineering Diversity Programs works to increase the number of underrepresented engineering students who graduate from the college with a BS, MS, or PhD in engineering by:

  • Providing academic preparation and exposure to career possibilities in the area of engineering to pre-college students, thereby increasing the pool of qualified students who enter the college.
  • Recruiting students and providing services and resources to ensure their success.
  • Working with faculty, staff, and students to create an invigorating and supportive environment.
  • Assisting in the preparation of students for graduate studies and engineering careers.

Our goal is to enable the successful recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented (African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, Pacific Islanders, and female) students.

During the last four decades, over 1000 underrepresented students have graduated from the Tickle College of Engineering.

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Staff Directory

Travis Griffin

Travis Griffin
Engineering Diversity Programs


Jalonda Thompson

Jalonda N. Thompson
Assistant Director
Engineering Diversity Programs


John Hoffschneider

John Hoffschneider
Engineering Diversity Programs


Gabrielle Richards

Gabrielle Richards
Administrative Specialist
Engineering Diversity Programs


Focus Newsletter

The Diversity FOCUS Newsletter highlights the accomplishments about the Multicultural Engineering Program, Women in Engineering, Pre-College Programs, Enrichment Activities, and various engineering diversity student organizations such as AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society), NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), SHPE (Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers), and SWE (Society for Women Engineers)..

FOCUS Fall 2017 Issue
Features a highlight of Engineering Summer Programs, profile of Gabrielle Richards, highlights from women in engineering, TLSAMP Awards Banquet winners, TLSAMP Movers and Shakers, and more.

FOCUS Fall 2016 Issue
Features Nate Ige, new EDP staff members John Hoffschneider and Jalonda Thompson, TLSAMP Research Conference, Intercollegiate Summer Bridge Program, TLSAMP Movers and Shakers, and more.

FOCUS Spring 2015 Issue
Features the dedication of the Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall, the 2014 Women of Color in STEM Conference, Council of Partners Networking Breakfast, TLSAMP Awards Banquet Winners, TLSAMP Movers and Shakers, Breakfast of Champions, and more.

FOCUS Spring 2014 Issue
Features the Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall, Breakfast of Champions, National Society of Black Engineers, TLSAMP Movers and Shakers, and more.

FOCUS Spring 2013 Issue
Features the Engineering Diversity Programs Celebration of Forty Years of Achievement in 2013, HITES Program Receives National Recognition, TLSAMP Movers and Shakers, and more.

FOCUS Spring 2012 Issue
Features UT student wins nation Women of Color award, first African-American female PhD. Graduate in Nuclear Engineering at UT, TLSAMP Movers and Shakers, and more.

FOCUS Spring 2011 Issue
Feature’s UT’s 50 Years of Diversity celebration, TLSAMP Research Conference, TLSAMP Movers and Shakers, and more.

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