Success in Engineering Through Excellence and Diversity
Success in Engineering Through Excellence and Diversity (SEED), formerly the Minority Engineering Program (MEP), is an academic support program in the College of Engineering designed to improve the enrollment, retention and graduation rate of our engineering students, with a focus on students from underserved groups. Initiated in 1985, SEED emphasizes building a supportive community in our college and the university. The program assists students success through a wide variety of activities including educational support, interaction with faculty and support from peers who share a similar experience.
The Success in Engineering through Excellence and Diversity (SEED) program was founded under the premise of supporting our students through leadership, and excellence, while providing a safe space for underserved populations. Today is no different. We have been watching the recent events unfold with sincere solidarity with those that are fighting for the justice that is needed to move the United States of America towards a nation that values equality, equity, and human rights.
Our students are hurting, WE HEAR YOU!!
Our students are afraid, WE HEAR YOU!!
Our students are tired, WE HEAR YOU!!!
These protests are not the end but the beginning of new conversations that should have been started years ago. 2020 is the year of vision. It is time to see racism, prejudice, and injustice for what it is, and fight against it. For change to happen the systemic racism that is upheld by policies and practices must be challenged and transformed. We must ask our people in leadership positions across the country to revamp policies and practices that foster inclusivity of all people not just some. Our cries must be heard and followed by strategic changes. To our brothers and sisters that are afforded privileges, this is your time to speak up. Become allies in the fight for social justice!! Use your voice to bring about change. Together we stand, divided we all fall.
As we try to navigate through these tough times, we have decided to list a few resources that were gathered by NACADA. Please click on the links below for more information.
- 101 ways to take care of yourself when the world feels overwhelming
- Anti-racism Resources for White People (Specifically for allies)
- Do The Work: Rachel Cargle (Specifically for allies)
- For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies (Specifically for allies)
- Maintaining Professionalism In The Age of Black Death Is….A Lot
- No White Saviors (Specifically for allies)
- Physiological & Psychological Impact of Racism and Discrimination for African-Americans
- Racism's Psychological Toll
- The Link Between Experiences of Racism and Stress and Anxiety for Black Americans: A Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Coping Approach
- Tips for Self-Care: When Police Brutality Has You Questioning Humanity and Social Media Is Enough
- U.S. Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism
(National Academic Advisement Association (NACADA), personal communication, June 2, 2020)