April 2019: ASEE Launches National Diversity Recognition Program
April 22, 2019 ‐ The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and its Engineering Deans Council are pleased to announce the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program. With the support of over 200 engineering schools and colleges, the initiative is a national recognition encouraging institutional transformation in engineering and engineering technology schools and colleges around the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. It is the first national effort to publicly recognize these institutions for their success in building a diverse workforce. “While other efforts have sought to award individuals or organizations for singular efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion, this recognition utilizes self‐assessment, metrics and reforms to propel units in advancing systemic institutional change,” explains Gregory N. Washington, chair of ASEE Engineering Dean’s Council and dean of UC Irvine’s Samueli School of Engineering. The academic, business and social value of diversity and inclusive excellence has been well documented. Regardless of motivation, industry reports the need for a more diverse mix of engineering professionals, and these professionals need to be able to work effectively in a diverse, multicultural and global environment. Inclusive excellence is defined as doing things right (achieving a competitive advantage as well as reflecting demographic imperatives) and doing the right thing (achieving social justice goals). ASEE will accept applications for the initial cohort in March; recognitions will be formally announced at the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, June 15‐19, in Tampa, Florida.