The Rice University chapter of the Empowering Leadership Alliance (ELA-Rice), now in its eighth year, promotes and sustains a diverse community of science and engineering students and supports them as they become academic leaders in their respective fields.
ELA-Rice often partners with other Rice programs such as the Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice (HACER), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the Black Student Association (BSA) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to bridge all communities. ELA-Rice activities include:
The Empowering Leadership Alliance is a national program serving almost 2000 students that is directed by the Tapia Center. The Empowering Leadership Alliance provides a community comprised of human, institutional, and programmatic resources to help ensure the success of minority and women students in computing disciplines at tier-one institutions, who are scattered so sparsely across the country that they may be the only one, or one of very few, minority students in their classes. ELA provides a network of formal and informal resources, support, and encouragement, so critical to all students for success in STEM. These activities include participation in national conferences, mentoring series for first generation college students, regional networking meetings and undergraduate research symposium, and one on one mentoring.