Purpose

The premier program under Access and Inclusion is the newly established ENGAGE (Engineering Aggies Gaining Experience) Program, which aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority students and women in the College of Engineering. Access and Inclusion seeks to develop ENGAGE partnerships with over 60 high schools in the State of Texas, and currently, has established partnerships with 37 Texas high schools. The programs under ENGAGE include:

  • Fall Invitational for 11th and 12th grade students
  • Spring Invitational for 10th and 11th grade students
  • Spring Reception for admitted students
  • E-Shadow Program for admitted students
  • Aggieland Saturday Open House for 9th - 12th grades
  • Fall and spring high school counselor’s retreat

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Goal

The goal of the Access and Inclusion Program is to increase the diversity of the college by recruiting and supporting students who come from historically underrepresented population groups in Texas or students whose backgrounds and experiences will contribute and enhance the overall diversity of the college of engineering.

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Participation

Students who participate in the ENGAGE Program can expect to be exposed to various aspects of the multitude of engineering departments and programs, as well as exploring what it means to become a student at Texas A&M University. Some examples of past activities and events include:

  • Tour of the Texas A&M campus
  • Tour of various engineering laboratories
  • Working on team projects and participating in demos for:
    • 3-D printing engineering technologies
    • Earthquake technology
  • Attending admissions presentations
  • Attending College of Engineering Presentations
  • Attending an Engineering Student Panel
  • Attending an Engineering Department Academic Advisors Panel

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Invitationals

The ENGAGE (Engineering Aggies Gaining Experience) fall and spring Invitationals are a one-day on campus engineering experience that exposes students, counselors and teachers from ENGAGE partner schools to the college of engineering and to campus life. The purpose of invitationals is to attract, develop and retain an increasing number of diverse students at the college, and thus, become one of the initial points of access and inclusion for students and counselors to the college and Texas A&M. Our goal with the invitationals is to build a pipeline strategy to remove educational, financial and social barriers for underrepresented high school students and future underrepresented undergraduate students.

During the one-day engineering invitational program, ENGAGE partner students and counselors are exposed to a myriad of activities while on-campus. Students have an opportunity to interact with faculty, current engineering students, staff (academic advisors exploring different engineering careers) and administration. ENGAGE partner students have an opportunity to work in teams to experience engineering by doing, touching, building and using hands-on experience as they are exposed to a number of mini engineering projects while they are on-campus. Additionally, students and counselors attend a full admissions and financial aid presentation that enables them to understand the importance of applying early and the intricacies of scholarships and financial aid. Fall and spring invitationals are fully funded by the college, including transportation, food and materials. Therefore, by investing in these invitational programs, we hope to build a pathway to engineering.

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