Office to Advance Women, Equity & Diversity (AWED) 

Established in 2016, AWED aims to achieve and sustain faculty equity and diversity as an essential element of FIU’s academic excellence. AWED develops and manages a wide range of programs to promote faculty equity, diversity and inclusion, including workshops and trainings to improve faculty hiring and promotion processes, faculty mentoring, and interdisciplinary networking. Other activities include strategic planning for salary equity, policy analysis and development, and initiatives that support faculty diversity. For more information please visit the AWED website or contact via email,, or phone, (305) 348-3787. 


Aimed specifically at developing strategies to increase the number of women and minority professors in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) at FIU, FIU ADVANCE is an institutional transformation project funded by the National Science Foundation. This five-year, $3.2M program is jointly overseen by theOffice to Advance Women, Equity & Diversity (AWED) and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS). Provost Kenneth G. Furton serves as the project PI, and Suzanna Rose, Yesim Darici, Mike Heithaus, and Ranu Jung are Co-PIs. For more information about program activities and faculty opportunities please visit the FIU ADVANCE website, contact via email,, or subscribe to their newsletter. 

“It’s simple. A diversity of perspectives enriches the sciences, mathematics and
engineering, and it makes these professionals more responsive to global needs.
At a time when engineering and science are increasingly important to our economy
and competitiveness, we need a diverse pool of science and engineering faculty –
including women and minorities – to fuel our future.”*

* Source: 2018 Scientia Global Article, August 2018 (PDFWeb)  

Suzanna M. Rose – Associate Provost for Women, Equity & Diversity

School of Universal Computing, Construction, and Engineering Education (SUCCEED) 

Engineering and computing majors are among the most sought after graduates nationwide, accounting for nearly all of the projected new jobs in STEM. Yet nationally, it is widely known that there are many challenges in addressing this need, such as recruitment and retention of female students and underrepresented minorities in STEM degrees.  

Addressing these issues is a longstanding field known as Engineering and Computing Education Research. Despite the critical need for research in this field, only a handful of universities offer education research degree programs or have standalone education research units within the engineering college.  

FIU’s SUCCEED is the first engineering education school at a minority-serving institution and the first in FloridaIn particular, SUCCEED faculty research and promote evidence-based approaches that broaden participation and improve the educational success for all current and future engineering and computing science students at FIU and beyond. It houses two degree programs, a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary engineering and a doctoral degree in engineering and computing education research. For more information, please visit SUCCEED website.