Evolution of the Diversity Committee

In 2011, the ASEE created a Diversity Committee with the goal to increase diversity and inclusiveness in the engineering profession. As part of its charge, the committee encourages each member division to hold at least one activity per year that features inclusiveness, and engages ASEE leaders and members 1) to articulate the importance to the profession of advancing diversity and 2) promote individual and organizational opportunities and responsibilities in developing an engineering community that “looks like” America.

The committee's strategic plan includes creating model policies and practices for engineering colleges, with practical guidance on actions leading to attracting a diverse and inclusive set of students; lifting barriers to access for students from underrepresented groups; and enrolling, retaining, and graduating more diverse cohorts of engineers. The committee also aims to encourage engineering schools and colleges to collaborate with and implement successful programs that promote diversity and inclusiveness.

The year 2014–2015 was declared by ASEE as the Year of Action in Diversity. In response to this significant recognition, the Diversity Committee is actively engaged in a number of special activities this year. Details are available http://diversity.asee.org.

The American Society for Engineering Education is a nonprofit association of more than 12,000 members representing colleges, corporations, and other organizations dedicated to promoting excellence in engineering education and engineering technology education. ASEE, which celebrated its centennial in 1993, plays a key role in developing and promoting policies that will enable engineering education and its allied branches of science and technology to meet the new challenges of global competition and changing demographics.

Evolution of the Diversity Committee

In 2011, the ASEE created a Diversity Committee with the goal to increase diversity and inclusiveness in the engineering profession. As part of its charge, the committee encourages each member division to hold at least one activity per year that features inclusiveness, and engages ASEE leaders and members 1) to articulate the importance to the profession of advancing diversity and 2) promote individual and organizational opportunities and responsibilities in developing an engineering community that “looks like” America.

The committee's strategic plan includes creating model policies and practices for engineering colleges, with practical guidance on actions leading to attracting a diverse and inclusive set of students; lifting barriers to access for students from underrepresented groups; and enrolling, retaining, and graduating more diverse cohorts of engineers. The committee also aims to encourage engineering schools and colleges to collaborate with and implement successful programs that promote diversity and inclusiveness.

The year 2014–2015 was declared by ASEE as the Year of Action in Diversity. In response to this significant recognition, the Diversity Committee is actively engaged in a number of special activities this year. Details are available http://diversity.asee.org.

The American Society for Engineering Education is a nonprofit association of more than 12,000 members representing colleges, corporations, and other organizations dedicated to promoting excellence in engineering education and engineering technology education. ASEE, which celebrated its centennial in 1993, plays a key role in developing and promoting policies that will enable engineering education and its allied branches of science and technology to meet the new challenges of global competition and changing demographics.