ASEE Diversity Committee Activities for the 2014-2015 Year of ACTION on Diversity

The ASEE Board authorized 2014-2015 as the Year of ACTION on Diversity, wherein members will discuss, engage, and highlight individual and collective activities that serve to advance the Society's diversity efforts and inclusivity. Thus, in addition to regular Diversity Committee efforts, 2014-2015 will feature additional coordination, sponsorship and activities.

Current actions:

ASEE Diversity Committee Sessions at the 122nd ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Check out summaries of the many sessions sponsored by the ASEE Diversity Committee at the annual conference! Did you love our diversity-themed footsteps? You can also find the list on our conference page! Click here for the list of sessions.

Student's Submit an Entry for the Student Essay & Video Contest!

Students, tell us your story or share your perspective! We would love to hear from you and learn about your experiences. We are asking for a video or essay from current engineering and engineering technology students sharing a story related to any type of diversity (e.g., age, belief system, disability status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and any other visible or non-visible differences).
Top three submissions win cash prizes.
The competition ends July 1, 2015! For more information, check out:

Please submit your thought-provoking snippets

As part of ASEE's Year of Action on Diversity, we will be featuring thought-provoking diversity snippets in the hallways around the 2015 ASEE Annual Conference in Seattle, WA. Can you think of a short message that highlights diversity and gets people thinking about inclusivity? We want to hear from you! The Diversity Committee needs your help! Please submit your ideas for little snippets (~30 words or less) that highlight diversity. To learn more about the Diversity Committee, see

HIGH PRIORITY ITEMS: The following items are essential to achieve the core, centralizing activities for the Year of Action on Diversity.

DIVERSITY COMMITTEE COMMITMENTS: The Diversity Committee will concurrently be active in securing sponsorship and funding to assist with activities during the Year of Dialogue. This section contains a summary of those efforts.

MEDIUM PRIORITY ITEMS: This category of items enables more impact, streamlining efforts at multiple organizational levels to make the Year of Action on Diversity a greater success. Items proposed expand the message to all ASEE meetings. The demographics of zone and regional meetings include far more community college and K-12 attendees.

LOWEST (BUT STILL IMPORTANT) PRIORITY ITEMS: Items in this category would be considered non-essential, yet still highly impactful to further develop volunteer efforts and ensure these activities are sustained year after year.

ASEE is in a position, as an engineering society leading by example, to strongly influence diversity attitudes and efforts across the nation and world. Thus, all efforts should impact education of individuals, disseminate best practices, and be designed to empower the individual to facilitate the success of others.