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Program Description

The INCLUDE team is working with partners across the UConn campus to create an ecosystem that supports diverse learning styles and cultivates the potential of neurodivergent students to contribute to innovations in engineering.

INCLUDE aims to make systemic changes that range across the entire span of a student's undergraduate experience.

Efforts will target the following areas:

  • recruitment of neurodivergent students to engineering
  • transition to college
  • community building
  • incorporation of inclusive teaching practices
  • advising and mentoring
  • career advising
  • employer outreach

INCLUDE Kickoff 2020

Components of the INCLUDE program will be launching in Fall 2020. Stay tuned!

I-Courses - Pilot program

The INCLUDE program aims to integrate awareness and appreciation of student strengths into advising, instruction, and course design. Courses that are part of the INCLUDE program (I-Courses) will feature multiple modes of teaching, learning, and assessment and will provide ways for students to personalize their learning to use their strengths for success. A dedicated team of faculty has been working with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and faculty from the Neag School of Education to develop I-Courses for Fall 2020.

Current I-Courses:
CE 2110: Applied Mechanics I (Statics)
CE 3110: Mechanics of Materials
ENVE 3120: Fluid Mechanics

Neurodiversity Fall Discussion Series with Shawn Smith

We are excited to welcome Shawn Smith, founder and CEO of Don't Dis-my-ability to our Neurodiversity Fall Discussion Series! The series will open with a guest lecture that promises to inspire and challenge you to make the most of your unique strengths. This event is limited to 50 participants. Register to receive the Webex link and to vote on our neurodiversity roundtable discussion topics. (Registration link coming soon!)

Fall Discussion Series Kickoff
Guest Lecture: Shawn Smith
Date: October 9, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Via Webex

Neurodiversity Roundtable Discussions
Small group roundtable discussions will be held via Webex throughout October and November. Details coming soon!

Fall 2020: FYE Course module

Neurodiversity 101
This course module will introduce neurodiversity to students enrolled in FYE (UNIV 1800) courses through the School of Engineering.

Course module may address some of the following questions:
What is neurodiversity? Am I neurodivergent? How can I build my support network at UConn? How does neurodiversity help me as an engineer?

INCLUDE Learning Community


The INCLUDE team is exploring the formation of a new INCLUDE Learning Community for engineering students. INCLUDE LC students can expect to participate in workshops, roundtable discussions, and other events related to neurodiversity, engineering, and the college experience. Stay tuned for more information!