Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Watson College

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Diversity Statement

The Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University stands committed to fostering a community that reflects our diverse society to ensure that its teaching, research, scholarship and outreach programs include and serve a wide range of individuals. We self-evaluate and self-critique our environment to recognize and mitigate power imbalances, improve our policies and programs and foster a culture of belonging. We strive for a community in which all backgrounds, contributions and perspectives are valued and respected.

Underpinning the technical, engineering and computer science expertise of Watson College faculty, staff, students and alumni is an understanding that diverse and inclusive groups maximize potential, innovation and impact. We therefore develop structures and opportunities that improve the experience of all students, especially those who are underrepresented in engineering and computer science. Watson faculty, staff and students assist in cultivating a community of members that are conscious of barriers to social mobility, exhibit and act on empathy and compassion, and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), both within the college and beyond.

Together, we learn, educate, innovate and work toward a more just and inclusive future.  We embrace and cultivate our diversity and thrive because of it.

Mission Statement

The Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science is strongly committed to cultivating and sustaining an educational and employment environment that is diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, interests, abilities and perspectives.

Watson College values diversity as a strength critical to its educational mission and expects every member of our community to contribute to an inclusive and respectful culture for all.

Watson College seeks to create and sustain learning environments where differences and similarities are valued and respected, and all students, especially women and underrepresented students, are included and empowered to excel in engineering education.

Vision Statement

In the pursuit of academic diversity and inclusive excellence, to establish an equity-minded STEM community that challenges and eliminates exclusionary systems and practices and promotes innovation and academic success for all students, faculty and staff.

DEI Goals at Watson

  • To become a leader in diversity and inclusion in engineering and computer science
  • To increase the number of historically underrepresented minorities and women in the Watson College student body, faculty and staff
  • To foster an environment that supports diversity, inclusion, equity and equity-mindedness