Vanessa Dunn is the Director of Student Engagement in the Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) Center in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has been at CU for the past 11 years and prior to that, she taught high school mathematics in Colorado. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Mathematics and a Masters in Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice. When she was a student at CU she was involved in MEP (the program later became BOLD in 2008) and is very grateful to now work on retention efforts to support underrepresented students. Vanessa oversees the BOLD Scholars program and other retention programs, including research, academic support, and community programming. Most recently, she is proud to have helped in bringing the #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign to CU’s Engineering College.
Average 6-year graduation rates for engineering students at our large, public engineering institution are 64%. 6-year graduation rates for underrepresented minority students and first-generation students are 44% and 53% respectively, well below our college average. Many programs currently exist with the goal of improving student persistence and retention. In order to “crack the retention code”, […]