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Who We Are

The Vergnano Institute for Inclusion is dedicated to increasing the number of under represented students in engineering and other STEM fields and runs a number of programs in an effort to work towards this goal. The Vergnano Institute for Inclusion programs are designed to facilitate the outreach, recruitment, retention, and overall success of all members of the School of Engineering community.

The Vergnanos

Mark and Betsy Vergnano, both alumni; Mark of the School of Engineering and Betsy of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the couple met while studying at the University. They want to promote diversity and inclusion in the engineering field, working hard every day to empower all backgrounds.

Mission

The Institute will be a resource for the School of Engineering and the communities we serve to empower people from all backgrounds. Inspired by the strength of diversity and inclusion, we will be an equity-minded community where engineers innovate and change the world for the better.

Our Staff

Composed of a dedicated, reliable, and supportive staff: Esther Chang, Aida Ghiaei, Ashley Landon, Kevin McLaughlin, and Stephany Santos. Wanting to create a sense of community, VII's staff are extremely friendly and approachable. Always committed to listen, support, uplift and educate students in the engineering community.

What We Do

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Stephany Santos, left, a graduate student of biomedical engineering, shows research on knee cartilage to State Senator Cathy Osten, State Rep. Gregg Haddad '89 (CLAS) and State Senator Mae Flexer '02 (CLAS) during a tour of the the Engineering & Science Building on June 11, 2018.
For K-12 Teachers
For K-12 Students
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