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Diversity & Inclusion

  • “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.” 
    ― Mahatma Gandhi

    ASCE recognizes the strategic and critical importance of advocating for and sustaining a diverse workforce and inclusive work environment. The Society is committed to implementing policies and programs designed to advance the profession by promoting an inclusive climate in the profession.

  • Diversity News

    ASCE Executive Director Tom SmithAt its very foundation, ASCE is an association of people coming together for the common purpose of advancing the civil engineer and the civil engineering profession. In doing so, ASCE’s diverse membership enables and protects...Read More >>

    ASCE_Logo_Shield WEB FEATThe ASCE Board of Direction voted unanimously at its July meeting to adopt new language in the Society’s Code of Ethics that expresses a professional obligation to provide fair and equal treatment for all. The...Read More >>

    The Willow Run Tri-Level Bridges received the Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Award at the recent Lansing-Jackson Branch Awards Banquet. PHOTO: Therese KlineThe Michigan Section’s Lansing-Jackson Branch recently hosted its inaugural Awards Banquet and Scholarship Fundraising Event. The awards included: • Northern Concrete Pipe Inc. for the 40-Day Fix culvert-replacement work – Quality of Life Award •...Read More >>

    PHOTO: NYC WaterThe only part of the tribute that doesn’t fit is the word boring. Trailblazing civil engineer Nora Stanton Blatch de Forest Barney was anything but boring. She would have been extremely interested in this kind...Read More >>

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  • Policy Statement on Diversity

    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) supports and encourages the equitable opportunity for all people to participate within the civil engineering profession without regard to gender or gender identity, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, or family, marital, or economic status. The Society will promulgate and implement programs designed to advance the profession by promoting an inclusive climate in the profession. 


    The Annual Section and Branch Diversity Award was established in July 2003 by ASCE'S Committee on Diversity and Women in Civil Engineering (CDWCE), the predecessor of the current Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). Awards are presented each year to Sections, Branches, and Institutes demonstrating stellar and noteworthy efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion within the civil engineering profession. 

    New Faces of Civil Engineering : Professional Edition and College Edition

    The New Faces of Civil Engineering, part of the DiscoverE New Faces Program , recognizing outstanding talents, skills and abilities of the next generation of young, diverse engineering leaders (Professionals age 30 or younger) as well as the best and brightest whose academic successes and experiences in the engineering field have positioned them to make an impact (College Edition). 


    The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) provides the Society with leadership in all matters of diversity and inclusion within the civil engineering community and implements programs designed to encourage equitable opportunity for full participation of all people within the civil engineering profession.

    Diversity Resources

    Identifying and Addressing Subtle Biases in the Workplace - Webinar 

    Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace: Part 1 - Webinar

    Economic Inclusion: Infrastructure as a Business Catalyst- ASCE Interchange Discussion   - Video

    The Workplace Experience: Women Engineers Speak Out- ASCE Interchange Discussion  - Video

    Diversity By Design  - EBook



  • Strategic Partnerships & Alliances

    Fostering an inclusive civil engineering community, ASCE’s Strategic Partnerships offer a broad range of networking and relationship building opportunities.

  • The American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Human Rights Coalition

  • American Association of Engineering Societies Diversity Coalition

  • National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM)

  • National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

  • National Association of Minority Engineering Program Advocates

  • National Society of Black Engineers

  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

  • National Society of Women Engineers

  • National Society of Women Engineering Program Advocates

  • Interested in learning more? Contact us at  diversity@asce.org or ASCE's Senior Manager for Diversity & Inclusion, Dr. Lisa M. Black, at 703.295.6405 or lblack@asce.org.