Why Partner?

UCF CECS ODI was created with the purpose of recruiting and retaining first-generation, low-income and underrepresented groups (women, persons with disability, Native Americans, African Americans and Hispanics) into the engineering and computer science fields at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We believe that the unique contributions of ideas and talents from a diverse student body will strengthen the education pillars of CECS, our institution, our community and society as a whole. Our office is committed to mentoring these students to foster professional growth, life-long learning and to help them in their goals of becoming the engineering and computer science professionals of tomorrow.

Currently, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is working towards establishing local and international partnerships to assist us in providing academic scholarships, industrial experience, research experience, service-learning projects, career and college development workshops and symposiums to our students.

We ask that you strongly consider becoming a partner in helping us meet this mission by:

  • CECS DAC Member
    • Designate a representative to advise the direction of our programs, create hands-on industry and research related experiences for our students through the CECS Diversity Action Council (DAC).
  • Guest Speaker
    • Assign a representative who will be responsible for attending and facilitating an evening workshop on career readiness to our first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students.
  • Internships
    • Identify a representative or representatives who will provide internship, service-learning, volunteer or mentoring opportunities to our first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students.
  • Sponsorships
    • Provide a financial sponsorship to assist our program development in meeting the needs of our underrepresented students. This sponsorship can also be given to run a program or scholarship program designed by the sponsor to be facilitated by UCF CECS ODI.

Click here to donate: https://www.ucffoundation.org/givetocecs.