The ASEE Commission on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion announces a new award to recognize the work of ASEE constituency groups to expand diversity and inclusion, address equity issues, and increase access to engineering and engineering technology education. We also manage the Best Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Paper award. Please see the information below for more information and links to award details. Information about past awards for the Student Essay & Video Contest can be found here.
In addition to these diversity-specific awards, we encourage everyone to think broadly and inclusively as they consider nominations for ALL ASEE Awards. For the complete list of ASEE awards, go to https://www.asee.org/awards
The ASEE Best Diversity Paper Award was approved and first implemented in 2015 as part of the Year of Action on Diversity. The Award is now called the Best Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Paper Award. The award strives to enhance the visibility and sustainment of actions in support of diversity and engineering and engineering technology, which is empowering society in unprecedented ways. Engineering, engineering technology, and diversity are at the core of innovation and can address Grand Challenges facing the US and the world. In order for the engineering and engineering technology disciplines to reach full potential, however, the engineering education community and the engineering profession must better include all segments of our society. In particular, engineering and engineering technology must actively engage and help promote the pursuit of engineering education and engineering careers with those individuals who have been historically under-represented within engineering. ASEE believes that diversity and inclusiveness is essential to enriching educational experiences and innovations that drive the development of creative solutions in addressing the world’s challenges. We learn from experiences, beliefs, and perspectives that are different from our own. Diversity, demographically, intellectually, and socially, fuels innovation and the development of imaginative and enduring solutions to global problems. The ASEE Statement on Diversity and Inclusiveness is available here.
Thus, the Best Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Paper Competition seeks to identify highly impactful scholarly efforts by ASEE authors that broaden participation in engineering and engineering technology and influence the inclusive, diverse future of engineering.
During the fifth anniversary of the Year of Action on Diversity, we have seen groups within ASEE extend their work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within our society and within engineering education. With this award, we want to recognize these actions and honor the best of these accomplishments. This award recognizes the actions of an ASEE constituent group who can show measurable accomplishments in 1) making the Society more inclusive of members from historically marginalized groups and/or 2) addressing issues of diversity, equity & inclusion within their constituency and/or the broader engineering education community. An ASEE constituent group is defined broadly and includes, but is not limited to, ASEE Divisions, Councils, Zones, Regions, Committees, and ad hoc groups (not individuals). Along with recognition of constituents that are supporting the overall goals of the committee, the nominations will provide examples of best practices across the Society that will be highlighted and shared across the engineering education community. Click here for information on Eligibility, the Application Process, and Review Process.