The University of Michigan College of Engineering is nearing the end of its five-year strategic plan to improve the climate on campus with regards to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). As part of that plan, focus groups were held with students across every department and program in the College of Engineering, to gather qualitative data that can serve as metrics to consider how the DEI strategic plan is progressing. Over thirty focus groups were held with more than 220 undergraduate and graduate students across the College in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years. Students were asked about various elements of their perception of DEI, including factors that impacted their sense of inclusion, if they had been treated differently based on their identity, and their perceptions of the College and their department with regards to diversity. The data collected in these focus groups illuminates the nuance and complexity of the engineering student experience, and how that experience, and their perceptions of DEI in the College, can vary based on their identities and home department.
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