ENGineering Access, Greater Equity and Diversity

ENGAGED (ENGineering Access, Greater Equity, and Diversity) is committed to connecting students with the tools and resources for success in their engineering classes and careers. This effort focuses on promising students who are underrepresented in engineering, including those who are the first in their families to attend college, are from low-income households, or are from underrepresented groups such as women or minorities.


ENGAGED programming focuses on four core objectives:



Helping students from underrepresented groups access engineering in higher education


Ensuring students have the environment and resources they need to succeed academically


Building a sense of belonging in the College of Engineering among ENGAGED students

Professional Identity

Creating professional development for students within the ENGAGED curricular and co-curricular activities


The ENGAGED initiative is dedicated to supporting access, equity, and diversity in the College of Engineering. Below is the core suite of programs designed to enhance students’ academic success, sense of connection and community, and professional identity development. In addition, ENGAGED partners with various pre-college support programs at the University of Arizona to support students’ access to the engineering profession.

"The UA College of Engineering is committed to making a quality engineering education accessible to students from all backgrounds and to supporting your success throughout your academic journey, and beyond."
David W. Hahn, Craig M. Berge Dean

Mentoring, Friends, Job Connections…Success

For more information about ENGineering Access, Greater Equity, and Diversity (ENGAGED), please call 520.626.3990 or email

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Meet the Team

Contact our development team for more on all the ways to support the UA College of Engineering.

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Noel Hennessey



Noel is the founding director of the ENGAGED program suite of Catapult, Summer TRACK, and REAL Work. She earned her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Arizona College of Education in 2020. Her research interests include academic and student support program efficacy, as well as emotional labor of academic program staff.

Dean James Baygents

Haeleah Lester

Graduate Assistant


Haeleah is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Higher Education program in the College of Education. She is interested in issues around access to higher education. Haeleah co-instructs the Catapult transition/success courses and provides leadership for the Catapult Peer Mentors program.

Wendy Turner

Elia Bueno

Graduate Research Assistant


Elia is a graduate student in the Family and Consumer Sciences doctoral program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Her research interests include access to college and familial influence in students’ access of resources and success in higher education. Elia is responsible for data collection and program assessment for ENGAGED programming. 

Wendy Turner

Alejandro Quijada

Undergraduate Program Assistant


Alejandro is a senior in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering. He participated in the Catapult First Year Experience in his first year at the University of Arizona and has served as a Catapult Peer Mentor every year since. He currently helps to coordinate college support of identity-based engineering clubs, as well as works to ensure club introductions and participation for Catapult students. Alejandro hopes to work in Program Management in tech after his spring 2023 graduation.