The Minority Engineering Program (MEP) is gearing
up to celebrate 20 years in the College of Engineering. According to Ivan
Favila, program director, MEP is visible evidence
of the college’s
commitment to establish and maintain an environment where every student
is welcome and able to pursue his or her career aspirations. As Favila
says, ”Creative solutions
arise from people who think differently, and students from varied
ethnicities encourage a diverse collection of ideas and solutions.” Collaborative
efforts in MEP and throughout the college make the program successful
for the students and program sponsors.
Participation is key. MEP students and alumni work as a community
of learners, through mentoring programs, group study sessions, retreats,
and professional and personal development seminars. They also participate
in national student organizations, such as the National Society of
Black Engineers, the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists,
and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
MEP students understand the importance of their experiences in engineering
at Notre Dame, but they are equally concerned about future generations
of engineers. They play a major role in planning and implementing
annual pre-college programs for local middle and high school students,
such as the “Is Engineering
for Me?” program, shown here.