Unique Qualities Create Powerful Collaborations
We are dedicated to promoting diversity of backgrounds in our engineering programs. Today, the USC Viterbi Center for Engineering Diversity is home to the National Society of Black Engineers, Queers in Science and Technology, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. We still have a lot of work to do, and we are committed to helping create an even more diverse engineering student body at USC.
CED is a dedicated space on campus for you to interact with your peers, study, or just hang out. We also offer a computer lab, printers, study tables, office supplies, and more to facilitate academic excellence, and you can talk to a number of CED advisors here as well.
The student chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Queers in Engineering, Science and Technology (QuEST), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and an Engineering Graduate Association (MEGA) are the main parts of CED.
Our Most Recent Incoming Class
Black / African American Students
Native American / Indigenous Students
*National Data is from the American Society for Engineering Education’s 2019 Report (https://ira.asee.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2018-Engineering-by-Numbers-Engineering-Statistics-UPDATED-15-July-2019.pdf). Viterbi Data reflects our most recent incoming class, and is accurate as of July 1, 2020.
In Their Own Words
Hear from our student body
Read student blogs about their experiences at USC Viterbi
``The best part of the trip was seeing so much black excellence in one room, with over 14,000 engineering students and professionals in attendance. I am thankful of what this organization has showed me and can’t wait to attend next year’s conference!``
``I went from being scared to reach out to companies via email to contacting over 50+ company representatives, establishing connections for SHPE-USC, and communicating daily with our current and potential corporate sponsors such as Boeing, Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, ViaSat, and Northrop Grumman.``
``There’s still a long way to go in the field of engineering for gender equality, and even a longer road for more diverse voices, but I am grateful and happy to be growing as an engineer at a place where my gender doesn’t impact my education.``
``One of the many things that drew me to USC was that I knew it would be a large community full of accepting people, in a place as diverse as Los Angeles. ...there are few better places to be yourself than at USC, whether that’s related to your sexuality, gender identity, or even just your personality. Not only will you meet incredible people who accept these things, but there’s also a multitude of student organizations to provide additional support from others in similar positions, such as QuEST: Queers in Engineering, Science, and Technology.``
``As an organizer, it was amazing and humbling to see how many people came out to hack, as well looking at the incredible projects they created. I have to say, AthenaHacks is probably my favorite involvement on campus. For many attendees, it was their first hackathon, and I love organizing an event that caters not only to advanced programmers, but beginners as well.``
``I, along with 4 other members, placed 3rd in the academic tech bowl, and as a chapter as a whole, we won regional and national chapter of the year! Dean Jones and Dean Pinkston also flew out and joined us at the conference, throwing us an amazing dinner where we were able to connect with other USC NSBE alumni.``
``Being surrounded by so many hispanic engineers has given me a community where I feel accepted and supported. I am constantly seeking out older members for advice about which engineering classes to take, or asking for help with tricky homework problems. The best part is that when I don’t feel like working on school things I know I can always take a break to laugh or cry with my SHPE familia.``