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ASCE Diversity & Equity Policy Statement


Approved by the Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) on August 26, 2010
Approved by the Policy Review Committee on September 1, 2010
Adopted by the Board of Direction on October 19, 2010


 The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) supports and encourages the equitable opportunity for participation of all people within the civil engineering profession without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or physical challenges. The Society will promulgate and implement programs designed to enhance opportunities to participate in the profession.


ASCE and the profession of civil engineering must provide all members of society the opportunity to fully participate in civil engineering.  Developing and continuing outreach programs and role models and encouraging professional achievement are means which will enhance opportunities for all members.

 Diversity is important to the future of the civil engineering profession.  Population trends indicate workforce demographics are changing and the future workforce pool will be increasingly female and nonwhite.  In addition, the globalization of the industry increasingly encompasses professionals with diverse backgrounds from around the world on civil engineering projects.

 Women and people of color have historically been under-represented in the fields of science and engineering.  In addition, they have faced challenges to advancement, and have not been accorded due credit for contributions to technical and administrative advances to the profession.  Progress has been made over the last several decades on acknowledging and addressing these matters but there is still work to be done.


 The well-being of our global society will rely greatly on the civil engineering profession being able to provide the technical innovation and leadership necessary to meet the challenges of a changing world.  The ability of the profession to meet these challenges will require the full participation of all members of society.  ASCE recognizes the critical importance of a diverse engineering-based workforce.

ASCE’s advocacy for the development of the skills and talents of all will become an increasingly important factor in the technical vitality and global economy in the 21st Century.

ASCE Policy Statement 417
First Approved in 1993