Diversity Focused Student Organizations

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated was the first African American fraternity founded on Tuesday, December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca New York. The fraternity had seven founders who are referred to as our Jewels. The fraternity’s mission statement is “Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence while providing service and advocacy for our communities”. The Epsilon Chapter here at the University of Michigan was founded on Saturday, April 10, 1909. Our fraternity places a strong emphasis on providing service for students and the Ann Arbor community at large as well as providing ways for students to have fun as well.

Black Students in Aerospace main focus is to create an academic and social community amongst those interested in Aerospace and Astronautics here at UM. We offer a space to address issues faced by Black students in and out of the department and to initiate responsive dialogue. Students of all races, ethnicities, and majors are welcome!


CARE inspires our Michigan Engineering community to practice empathy and generosity toward students with financial crises, and raises money for an endowed scholarship so these students can be among, “those who stay.”

CataLIST: Ladies in Science & Technology, previously known as the Association of Women in Science (AWIS), is an organization dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, technology, and engineering. Membership is offered to anyone who supports these goals. Our organization focuses on mentorship, community outreach, and career training for our members.

Email us at [email protected] for more information, or check out our Twitter and Instagram.

CS Kickstart

CS KickStart aims to improve the enrollment and persistence of women in the University of Michigan computer science program in order to give women a voice in shaping the future through technology, level the playing field in terms of academic and career opportunities, and benefit the field of computer science through the development of a talented and diverse workforce.

The Ensemble of CSE Ladies

ECSEL, the Ensemble of CSE Ladies, is a group to support graduate women students in CSE at the University of Michigan. We aim to foster a sense of community among graduate women, support members’ academic and career development, help incoming graduate students adapt and thrive in CSE, and generally enable a great graduate experience for our members.

First Generation Engineers

The organization aims to make the first generation identity more visible among the engineering community and provide support for the unique challenges that they may face in the engineering discipline. Through mentorship, professional development, community development, and campus involvement, our mission is to create a community of scholars with similar backgrounds to promote overcoming first generation student barriers at the University of Michigan and to create a sense of community among its members.

Women+ Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and the Sciences

Through engaging, hands-on activities presented in a fun, supportive environment, FEMMES programs encourage girls to learn and explore their potential in science, technology, math and engineering (STEM). Our goal is to promote involvement in STEM by building curiosity and increasing confidence in girls’ academic skills so they may pursue their dreams without hesitation. Both parents and teachers often comment that after attending FEMMES events, girls become more motivated, participate more in class, and show a greater interest in school.

GeMA (Gender Minorities in Aerospace) supports and builds community among graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in aerospace who are women and other gender minorities.

Girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (GEECS) is a student organization that encourages the professional, academic, and social development of women in technology.

Grads Out In Stem

Provides support, community, and networking opportunities for LGBTQ+ graduate students and post-doctoral researchers at the University of Michigan.

Graduate Rackham International

The mission of Graduate Rackham International (GRIN) students is to develop an inclusive and diverse student-run organization to improve the experience of all graduate students, especially those who identify as international and/or multi-ethnic/racial/cultural.

The Graduate Society of Black Engineers and Scientists

The Graduate Society of Black Engineers and Scientists is an academic and social support network that serves Black graduate students within science and engineering disciplines.  Through our programming, we help ensure that underrepresented students can successfully contribute to both scientific research and the college’s learning environment, and positively impact our communities.

UMich MANRRS is a student chapter of a national society that promotes excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service through minority involvement in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences fields.  MANRRS fosters partnerships between students in agriculture, natural resources, and professionals from academic institutions, government agencies, and private industry through individual chapter activities, regional events, and the annual national conference.

M-STEM Student Council

The M-STEM Student Council members serve as the representatives and advocates of current M-STEM Scholars to the M-STEM Scholarship Program staff. Council aims to create a more unified M-STEM Family, across cohorts and across the Science and Engineering branches. This is done through social, service, and professional events. Members organize activities and events to promote inter-cohort cohesion and to help bridge the gap between M-STEM students of the College of Engineering and College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan.

Movement of Under-represented Sisters in Engineering and Science

This organization is designed to provide a unique support structure for women of color pursuing advanced degrees, particularly in STEM at the University of Michigan.  MUSES utilizes three principles that are critical to creating an effective support system: empowerment, harmony, and mentoring.

The National Organization for the Professional Advacement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers

The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) at the University of Michigan is dedicated to developing the skills of those in chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields. We aim to create a sense of community, highlight and increase the engagement of Black people in the sciences, and enact social change through outreach activities.

National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community

Out in Science Technology Engineering and Math

Our mission is to provide networking, professional development, and social activities for undergraduate and graduate LGBTQ students in the fields of engineering, science, technology and math.

Phi Sigma Rho

Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in engineering and engineering technology. Through Phi Sigma Rho, our sisters develop the highest standard of personal integrity, strive for academic excellence, and build friendships that will last a lifetime. Together we build the future.

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers(SASE) represents those of Asian heritage in the scientific and engineering communities. Our goal is to give the members the resources they need to succeed in their academic and career endeavors as well as being able to network with other fellow scientists and engineers.

SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development.

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers- Graduate Commitee

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers – Graduate Committee (SHPE-Grad) is a student-led organization whose primary goal is to function as a professional and social network for Hispanic/Latino graduate students at the University of Michigan.

The Students of Color of Rackham

The Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR) graduate organization is a network for Rackham graduate and professional students at the University of Michigan. SCOR is dedicated to the social, cultural, political, and academic well-being of students of color representing diverse cultures, ethnicities, and international origins. We work to improve the quality of students’ academic, professional, and social lives respectful of differences in culture, ability, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. 

The Society of Women Engineers

The mission of the Society of Women Engineers is to encourage women to excel as engineers and leaders, and to promote an inclusive community within the College and the profession that fosters universal success in engineering, independent of gender. We run a large variety of programs and events on, and off campus. We have a leadership core of 45 student leaders, and over 200 general members.

Graduate Society of Women Engineers

GradSWE hosts events to help female graduate engineers thrive socially, academically, and professionally.

Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics

Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics is dedicated to fostering a sense of community among women in fields related to aviation and space, improving diversity within the department of aerospace engineering, and helping members build both personal and professional connections in the aerospace industry.

Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering

WECE is a student-run, identity-based organization whose purpose is to foster community among women and other gender minorities in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) fields at the University of Michigan. WECE is dedicated to fostering professional and personal development to assist in the recruitment and retention of gender minorities in ECE industries and academia. Although WECE is intended to support women and gender minority individuals, membership is open to UM students associated with ECE (e.g., in a degree program or advised by an ECE faculty member) of any gender identity with an interest in the mission of WECE.

Women in Nuclear Student Chapter at the University of Michigan

To support an environment within the University of Michigan Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS) in which women and men can succeed through professional development and outreach.

Women+ in Robotics and Engineering (WiRE+) is a group that seeks to connect graduate students at the University of Michigan who identify as women and are pursuing robotics and engineering. We focus on providing community, mentorship, and support to improve the retention and advancement of women in the field. Our organization also advocates for women to have greater access to opportunities and resources within robotics academia and industry.