Diversity, equity and inclusion: celebrating every student

The College of Science is committed to fostering a community and environment where all are welcome, valued and respected. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we believe, goes hand in hand with scientific discovery and advancement—together we can change the world.

Our mission

The College of Science unites disciplines in the pure, applied, social, mathematical, and natural sciences around the central tenets of the scientific method and logic to provide students with outstanding educational and research experiences.  The College recognizes that diversity of thought, background, and experience enrich and expand the scientific enterprise; and affirms the inclusion of all populations to enhance overall success in academic programs and excellence in research productivity.


49% of students in the College of Science self-identify as Students of Color.


61% of the College's student population is female.


The College has an 8% higher 6-year graduation rate than the University average.

*Data source: Institutional Analysis, December 2019.

Spreading the word

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion extends into all areas of life at the College of Science, and beyond into the community. Here are just a few recent examples of that commitment, from bringing leaders in science to our community to speak on matters of diversity to honoring our faculty and staff for the work they've done to make our campus a welcoming space.

Autumn Harry hikes atop a mountain peak wearing a backpacking pack.

Reclaiming the land, remapping history

Through research and mapping, geography graduate student and member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Autumn Harry recognizes Indigenous place names to honor her Numu (Northern Paiute) homelands.

Group photo of DICE Center members

Proporcionando asistencia culturalmente sensible y basada en evidencia científica a la comunidad Latina

La Profesora Asociada Lorraine Benuto capacita a los estudiantes para brindar servicios psicológicos en español

Group photo of DICE Center members

Providing culturally sensitive, evidence-based care to the Latinx community

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Lorraine Benuto trains students to deliver psychological services in Spanish

A shared humanity

Four leaders in the College of Science share their perspectives on success, leadership and identity

Read their stories

Physics is for everyone

Check out College of Science student Katie's video submission to the 2019 video competition. Her video was chosen as an honorable mention and staff favorite and highlights her experience as a Native American, queer, first-generation student studying physics.

Watch the other winning videos

Learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion represents the University's commitment to realize and sustain a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all University community members, including students, faculty, faculty colleagues and alumni. The Office works closely with academic and administrative units to attract, advance and retain a diverse faculty to strengthen academic excellence. Learn about campus resources, diversity education and training, NSHE initiatives and more.