Women's & Diversity Center

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Vision

The Women’s and Diversity Center seeks to increase awareness, allyship, and action at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott. The Women’s and Diversity Center strives to foster the campus’ engagement with and understanding of critical issues, including bias, power, and privilege. We actively counter racism, sexism, classism, heteronormativity, ableism, and other forms of institutionalized oppression. We aim to offer students, faculty, and staff the skills, training, and space for dialogue to serve as allies for one another on the path to a socially just and equitable society. The Women’s and Diversity Center ultimately wants to empower the campus community to take action on the issues that matter to them, guided by a social justice framework.

Our Mission:

  • To be Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s, as well as Prescott’s, educational leader on issues of women, social justice, diversity, and prevention of gender violence.
  • To provide programs, education, individual and group support and advocacy on behalf of women, people of color, LGBTQ persons, and other diverse groups.
  • To promote equity and social justice on campus and in the community.

Diversity Enrollment

Women 654 25%
Latinx 155 5.8%
American Indian / Alaska Native 7 0.3%
Asian 151 5.7%
Black / African American 57 2.1%
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 17 0.6%
Two or more races 261 9.8%
LGBTQ+ (estimate) 266 10%
Self-Identifying Students with Disabilities* 165 6%
Total Campus Enrollment 2663

 *Student affiliation with the Disability Support Services Office has increased ~35% per year for seven years

 

Diverse Student and Affinity Groups

The following is a list of some of the Prescott campus' student clubs and affiliations which actively support and advocate for women and diversity.

The Epsilon Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority is a group of sisters who share common passions and interests, are highly driven to succeed, and are constantly striving to be the best versions of themselves. Academics and philanthropy are highly emphasized within the chapter, in addition to a strong bond of loyalty to one another. Whether it involves personal tutoring, finding a partner to go to the gym with, or getting a ride to the doctor’s office, the sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau, Epsilon Alpha are always there for one another.  

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Women's and Diversity Center, Area 51, is committed to a welcoming, including, and supporting a campus climate for women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

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Alpha Xi Delta inspires women to realize their potential by providing opportunities for Sisterhood, leadership knowledge and service. Since its founding in 1893, we have grown into a strong organization consisting of more than 150,000 initiated members. We are the oldest sorority on the ERAU campus, chartered 25 years ago.

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Black Student Alliance (BSA) provides a supportive community filled with understanding, lasting friendships, and culture to the students at Embry-Riddle. Members of the BSA are unified through education and celebration of the contributions to the STEM field made by both historically black figures and each other. Members will meet new people on campus through various fun-filled activities, contribute to honest conversations on current events, and have a vast group of students on campus who will advocate for them.

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The motto of Delta Phi Epsilon is "Esse Quam Videri", to be rather than to seem to be. Delta Phi Epsilon is an international sorority focused on empowering women to be their best selves, and do so by providing opportunities in the areas of service, social, scholarship, sisterhood, and self. 

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The ISA is a chartered club on campus whose members come from all across the United States, as well as around the globe. Their purpose is to promote international understanding among all students at ERAU and to promote the sharing of ideas and cultures.

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Hillel seeks to engage every Jewish student on campus, from those with strong Jewish backgrounds to those with none at all.

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Through education, outreach programs, and social events, NGPA promotes primary organizational goals to encourage members of the LGBT community to begin piloting careers; to foster equal treatment of LGBT aviators through advocacy and outreach; to promote aviation safety; and to provide an affirming social and professional network for LGBT aviators.

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We, the Professional members of the National Society of Black Engineers, who wish to support the goals and objectives of NSBE, do hereby dedicate ourselves to develop intensive programs to increase Black and other ethnic minority participation in the field of engineering and engineering technology and to develop a standard of excellence among minority students, practicing engineers, and physical scientists by forming the National Society of Black Engineers Professionals.

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Women pilots from the surrounding Yavapai area are invited to join the Yavapai Chapter. We sponsor aeronautical events, FAA seminars, and actively promote aviation safety throughout Arizona. Membership is open to all licensed (or formerly licensed) women pilots and student pilots. Friends of the 99's are also welcome to join. 

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We, the students of Embry-Riddle, establish this organization to inspire school spirit, unity, further school loyalty, promote academic excellence, interact in a positive fashion with the community, and serve as a liaison between the students, staff, and community. We provide programs, resources, outreach, and advocacy to promote an open, safe, and inclusive space on campus for the LGBTQ community. P.R.I.D.E. values include respect, pride, and unity for ALL individuals.

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The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) was founded in November 2007 to help Asian heritage scientific and engineering professionals achieve their full potential.

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SWE’s mission is to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.

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Women in Aviation International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Our 10,000+ membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others.

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The Women Ambassadors are a selected group of female students who represent and promote the university’s excellence in education and assists in the Women’s Initiative to increase and retain female students. The goal of the Women’s Ambassador Program is to support the primary objective of the Women’s Initiative at Embry-Riddle: to increase female student enrollment at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The Ambassadors will also aim to strengthen the bond between all females on campus.

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Our mission is to advance women professionally through networking and mentoring; to provide support and encouragement of women—and men supporting women—by sharing information, experiences, and developing friendships; to nurture leadership skills and professional growth; to connect with professional women to cultivate personal contacts, internship opportunities, and career opportunities; to reach out in local communities to mentor teen girls, encouraging self-esteem, coaching career paths, and provide positive role models; and to develop agendas to provide funds through microloans for the advancement of women in developing countries. 

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