ASEE Public Policy Statements

Actions ASEE is Taking in Support of Black Lives Matter


June 2, 2020

Policy statement
  • The ASEE Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion calls members to action.
  • With support provided by the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation, ASEE will
    • Increase participation by HBCU deans in 2021 ASEE activities such as EDI, PPC, and the Annual Conference.
    • Hold 50% of the slots for faculty from Minority Institutions, including HBCUs, to participate in ASEE's new DELTA Institutes for junior faculty, new chairs/heads, and aspiring deans.
  • The live ASEE General Body Meeting to be held on Monday, June 22 from 4∶00 PM to 4∶30 PM (Eastern) will be an open forum for discussion of further actions that can be taken by ASEE as an organization by our individual and institutional members can take.
  • Via the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program, ASEE member institutions have committed to
    • Increase the recruitment, retention, and progression of URM, including African American, students.
    • Increase the recruitment, retention, and movement into leadership positions of URM, including African American, and women, including African American women, faculty.
  • Via the Engineering Deans Gender Equity (EDGE) Initiative, ASEE HQ is working directly with member institutions to enhance the retention and promotion into leadership positions of women (including African American women) faculty.
  • With support from the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate, ASEE HQ is working to increase the participation of URM faculty, including African Americans, as well as faculty from minority serving institutions, including HBCUs, in CISE programs. We hope to be able to engage in similar activity with a NASA directorate.
  • ASEE webinar on anti-racism. On Tuesday, June 16th we held a panel on anti-racism in engineering education, moderated by ASEE Past President Bev Watford and featuring esteemed panelists from K-12 to higher education. The panel is available on demand . We also compiled a list of resources shared by panelists and attendees here .
  • ASEE will be co-host of the third CoNECD Conference, January 24-27, 2020