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.

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


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 
Students and Strategic Programs