Diversity and Opportunity


As outlined in the 2020 Strategic Plan, one of of the goals of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering is to maintain a diversity of background and perspective of faculty, staff and students, and provide increased opportunities for all. To achieve this goal, we will:

  1. Increase the percentage of underrepresented students and faculty in the school, with particular focus on attracting a more diverse population of races and ethnicities, women, and first generation college students
  2. Improve professional and career services for students and alumni
  3. Enhance the role and impact of student groups and professional societies 
to encourage lifelong learning and service
  4. Increase the number of international learning opportunities for students 
and faculty
  5. Implement professional development and mentoring programs for faculty 
and staff


West End School Partnership

JB Speed School has partnered with the West End School to assist in the development of Engineering interest within underrepresented populations. JB Speed School will be providing a maker space within the West End School facilities, as well as continuous education in Engineering. We are also excited to offer scholarship opportunities for any WES graduate that is admitted into Speed School. Speed School NSBE chapter has also partnered with West End School to offer weekly tutoring sessions.

Nativity Academy Partnership

With the success of the West End School partnership, Speed School is expanding their partnerships. Speed School and Nativity Academy are working together to develop an agreement which will provide continuous education, scholarships and a maker space in the Nativity facilities. We are excited to have already begun this partnership with a school visit to Speed School. The students spent the day with our Engineering students, getting to know campus and hands on activities.

Speed School Diversity Programs

Speed School Diversity Speaker
Coming 2016, Speed School will be hosting a speaker series specifically addressing the culture of corporate and the importance of mentorship. Join us as we gather together as a community and discuss the needs for mentorship within Engineering. The event is being hosted at First Build and in collaboration with community partners.

Diversity Celebration

Speed School will once again recognize and celebrate diversity within Engineering. Join us for a luncheon event to network and celebrate with Speed School students, faculty and staff. This event will provide an avenue to highlight the diversity within Speed School.

Brown Forman Scholarship

Speed School is proud to continue their partnership with Brown Forman and provide our under represented populations with scholarships. This scholarship include up to half of tuition, $500 towards books and potential for Brown Forman co-op. Meet our Brown Forman Scholars

Interested in applying? Email Heidi.neal@louisville.edu

Speed School Women’s Luncheon

The Office of Academic Affairs co-sponsors with Society of Women Engineers (SWE) a women’s luncheon; bringing together students, faculty and staff. Providing freshmen with contact to assist with the transition to college through seniors looking to network for job opportunities. This event host over 50 women every year coming together and supporting females in Engineering.

GE Women’s Leadership Conference

Thanks to an alumnus, Alison Seward we are able to offer Speed School females a leadership conference specifically designed for confidence building within the Engineering field. This daylong event is free to Speed School females and focuses on the development of confidence and leadership. Join us for our keynote speakers, TED Talk presentations and talent identifiers! This is a program you don’t want to miss. Max enrollment for the event is 100 students, so apply soon!

Gender Neutral Bathroom

Spring 2016, Speed School will be opening a gender neutral bathroom. Located in the basement of JB Speed School! This is the only gender neutral bathroom on an Engineering campus that we are aware of in the country!

LGBT Student Organization

In Spring 2015, Speed School launched a new student organization Speed Spectrum; this organization supports the needs and development of our LGBT community. In spring 2016 we will open the doors to a Safe Space for our LGBT students with a student organization space, located in the basement of JB Speed.

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee is working on the following:

  • Campus Climate Improvement Plan
  • Safe Zone Training for faculty & staff
  • Conflict Resolution for student leaders
  • Promise Zone Summer Camp: Conn Center for Renewable Energy
  • INSPIRE 2016 curriculum and recruitment plan

Interested in volunteering for a program or sponsoring an event? Email Heidi.neal@louisville.edu

Diversity Report

Click here to view the Speed School Diversity Report, published February 2016