As we address some of the world’s most complex problems, the engineering profession can only benefit from the divergent thinking and approaches that result by increasing diversity. To that end, the College embraces diversity and welcomes students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds. While we aspire to even greater numbers, over the past decade, Villanova Engineering has seen steady growth in this regard.

Cesar Nunez

“As a first-generation Afro-Latino student, the support system in place for underrepresented students is unmatched, from tutoring services to coaches who make sure I am well socially and mentally. Also, professors at Villanova care about their students and want to them succeed.” –Cesar Nunez, Electrical Engineering

Cassia Trusty

“As an underrepresented student, I made an effort to involve myself in diversity-focused clubs and events so that I could have a community here. My group of friends is diverse in race, socio-economic background, and experiences and I am all the better for it.” –Cassia Trusty, Computer Engineering


The Diversity & Inclusion committee was founded to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within the College. The committee meets regularly and is comprised of faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students. 

The committee’s mission is to: 

  1. Develop the cultural competency skills of faculty, staff and students within the College of Engineering through education, experience and training
  2. Proactively promote discussions about the climate of inclusion for faculty, staff and students within the College of Engineering
  3. Advise/educate College of Engineering faculty, staff and students on diversity issues 
  4. Work with the College of Engineering and the broader Villanova University community to increase diversity of faculty, students and staff

Committee Leadership

  • Stephen Jones, Associate Dean for Student Success, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Vice Chair for Student Programming
  • Noelle Comolli, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Vice Chair for Faculty Programming
  • Trina Leonard, Vice Chair for Staff Programming
  • Herveline Auguste, ’22 CE, Undergraduate Student Vice Chair
  • Shaelynn Heffernan, ’22 MSCE, Graduate Student Vice Chair

Student Organizations

The College has several diversity-based student organizations, including: 

  • Society for Women in Engineering

  • National Society for Black Engineers 

  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers 

  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers 

Additional student organizations can be found throughout the Villanova community. 


In the College of Engineering, Associate Dean Dr. Stephen Jones is dedicated to addressing the needs and concerns of first-generation and under-represented students. Within the University’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, many additional resources exist, including:  


Dr. Stephen Jones

Dr. Stephen Jones
Associate Dean for Student Success and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion