Tojan Rahhal did tremendous work as Mizzou Engineering’s Director of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives. And she’ll be working to further those efforts as the College’s new Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Strategic Initiatives.
Rahhal has led the College’s efforts to strategically improve its diversity and outreach efforts since coming to MU in January 2017. She drove the creation of the College’s Inclusivity Center and its robust program offerings and spearheaded the wildly successful STEM Cubs camps and annual Diverse Engineering Professionals Conference, among a multitude of other initiatives.
In her new role, she will execute the College’s vision to build and sustain a diverse and inclusive environment by developing, implementing and continually assessing strategies and programs to enhance the College’s environment. Her goal is to foster and nurture a learning and working environment that advances inclusive excellence among the Mizzou Engineering community and campus. In addition, Rahhal will serve as an adviser to the College’s strategic initiatives including college culture, student recruitment and retention, and educating engineering leaders.
“I am excited to take on this new role and continue working with our wonderful students and amazing faculty and staff. In this past year alone, I have seen the change we are capable of and look forward to becoming a model for inclusive excellence in engineering!” Rahhal said.
Rahhal earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from North Carolina State and her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of North Carolina.
Since joining Mizzou, her work has earned her several awards. Rahhal was recently recognized as a National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) Women of Color History Maker in Diversity for her leadership in efforts to “catalyze change to help [engineering] students from underrepresented populations overcome historic barriers”. Rahhal was chosen for the Shirley Chisholm Outspoken Advocate Award, and two Mizzou Engineering Outstanding Staff Awards — one from the College and one voted on by Mizzou Engineering Student Council.
She was recently named Strategic Direction Chair for the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA), and, most recently, won an INSIGHT into DIVERSITY Inspiring Programs Award for the STEM Cubs program.
“I am sure Tojan will work to further support the College’s strategic missions and continue to elevate Mizzou Engineering on a national platform,” MU Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa said.