Underrepresented ethnic minorities make up about one-third of the U.S. population, but when it comes to undergraduates who earn engineering degrees, only 4 percent are African-Americans, 10 percent are Latinx, and less than 1 percent are indigenous. Even fewer underrepresented minorities – only about 6 percent – become engineering faculty members, according to the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Tuesday’s CU Advocacy Day at the Capitol was noteworthy for, among other things, appearances by Colorado’s new governor and lieutenant governor. It was made even more special by tributes from state lawmakers to President Bruce Benson, who also reflected on his nearly 11 years at the helm of the university.
Three faculty members at the University of Colorado have joined the roster of President’s Teaching Scholars, those CU educators who skillfully integrate teaching and research at an exceptional level.