Mission, Vision and Values

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Dear Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering Community,

The nation is in the midst of what may well turn out to be the largest civil rights movement in U.S. history, with united demonstrations that cry out for change as a result of our country’s chronicle of racial injustice. We acknowledge the pain and unrest of our African American citizens, as a result of the death of George Floyd, and the many others before him. We — as individuals, as an institution, as a nation — can no longer turn a blind eye to these continued injustices.

USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering envisions a culture of change that is dedicated to addressing humanity's urgent challenges, including social and racial injustice. As Changemaking Engineers, we seek to consider all societal contexts and serve all of society. We stand by and support our Black and African American students, faculty and staff, and we commit to continue to actively engage in and promote the diversity that will make us stronger.  

We acknowledge the privileged point of view and existence in which we live, given our institutional context. And although engineering historically has not been an inclusive space, we have innovative faculty and staff working hard to dismantle the myth of meritocracy in the United States and in the engineering discipline. As a school, we are continuously taking actions to transform ourselves to be more inclusive and challenge the current inequitable systems. But we can always do more, and we recognize that in our commitments below: 

●  We are creating curriculum and co-curricular structures with a more socially and racially just lens that bring different perspectives into how we conceptualize engineering and computer science, and which value communities of color as holders and creators of knowledge. 

●  We are working on a school diversity plan and commit to putting together a task force that focuses on diversity, inclusion and social justice.

●  We support the joint ASEE-SEFI call for action issued recently and encourage others to do so.

●  I have signed the American Association for Engineering Education’s Dean’s Diversity Pledge and encourage others to do so.

●  We commit to expanding the diversity of our faculty and staff.

I am proud of the students, alumni, staff and faculty who have responded to this and other injustices. Our prayers and actions are with those who are suffering. We must come together, as leaders of change, and walk this path together. 


Chell Roberts, Dean

Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering
University of San Diego



Our mission is to provide engineering students with a holistic education so they are prepared to take on society's challenges and opportunities in socially, ethically and professionally responsible ways.
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Our vision is to deliver a high-quality student-centered engineering education that provides distinctive, authentic and supportive experiences that inspire students to make a positive difference.
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Our core values that are critical to the success of our mission and vision are: academic excellence, caring, collaboration, curiosity, empathy, innovation, diversity and global awareness.
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Imagine. Innovate. Inspire.

USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering students emerge from our programs as world-class Changemakers who have the foundation and capacity to be innovative leaders who are thoughtful, informed and engaged participants in the global community. We believe that following and staying true to our mission, vision and values will help us continue to develop exceptional engineers and computer scientists who make a world of difference.