The Samueli School of Engineering faculty and staff strongly believe in the importance of a diverse student body to address the unprecedented challenges being faced in today’s globalized, technology-driven, knowledge-based economy. Underrepresented groups include underrepresented minorities, veterans, first-generation college students, older students and individuals changing careers. Through the school's STEM outreach efforts, undergraduate and graduate student diversity at the Samueli School has increased, with jumps over the past five years in both underrepresented minorities, women and first-generation college students.