Fatima Alleyne, Ph.D., is a professionally trained engineer and transformational leader who serves as the director of Community Engagement and Inclusive Practices in the College of Engineering (CoE) at the University of California, Berkeley. She brings her passion and love for STEM and education into her work to develop programs that promote equity, foster a positive, inclusive culture and increase access and opportunities to those who have historically been underrepresented in STEM.
As director, Alleyne develops, leads, executes and evaluates professional trainings and workshops for faculty to increase their knowledge and awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). A core component of her work, Alleyne engages diverse members of the campus community on the topic of DEI and, particularly faculty, on how to integrate these principles into research, teaching, service, faculty recruitment and retention and holistic graduate admissions. Such programs include the Faculty Engagement Fund, Inclusive Excellence Orientation for Faculty, Inclusive Excellence Library Collection, and Empowering Engineers for Positive Change (EMPOWER) Certificate Program, which have made a significant impact in the College and beyond.
Alleyne also led a strategic planning process to guide programs and priorities to advance DEI in the College. The diversity plan she authored led to CoE’s recognition with the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Bronze Exemplar Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an institution. Her work has been lauded by UC Berkeley’s chancellor with recognition as a Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award recipient as well as an Equity Champion Award recipient by Advising and Student Services in 2022.
Prior to this role, Alleyne served as the director of CoE faculty engagement, consultant for the Center for Restorative Solutions, research general engineer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and education and outreach coordinator at an NSF-funded research center and research specialist, both at the University of California, Berkeley. Her commitment and passion for STEM education has led to her service on a range of committees on campus and in her community, including the UC-wide Next Opportunity at Work (NOW) Conference, development of STEM programs in K-12 schools, and service as an elected official on the Contra Costa County Board of Education.
Alleyne earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in materials science and engineering from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in chemistry from the City University of New York, Hunter College. She also holds a Certificate in Project Management from UC Extension and is in pursuit of a Strategic Management Certificate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Certificate in Higher Education and Student Affairs from UC Berkeley Extension.