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UConn Engineering Creates Institute for Inclusion

June 17, 2021

The University of Connecticut School of Engineering announced Wednesday plans to create the Vergnano Institute for Inclusion, which will work to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within engineering through scholarships, coaching, mentorship, training and other career development opportunities for underrepresented students.

The institute will be funded by a $3 million gift from engineering school alumni Mark and Betsy Vergnano.

“It is an incredible honor for Betsy and me to be a part of, and build upon, a storied and impactful program that is focused on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through our alma mater,” Mark Vergnano said in a statement. “The Vergnano Institute for Inclusion will provide crucial support for Scholars that opens doors, shifts industry paradigms and creates a competitive workforce of diverse talent within engineering.”

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