“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader
concerns of all humanity.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.
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.
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.
Identifying and Addressing Subtle Biases in the Workplace
Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace: Part 1
Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace: Part 2
Economic Inclusion: Infrastructure as a Business Catalyst - ASCE Interchange Discussion
The Workplace Experience: Women Engineers Speak Out - ASCE Interchange Discussion
Diversity By Design
Fostering an inclusive civil engineering community, ASCE’s Strategic Partnerships offer a broad range of networking and relationship building opportunities.
NAMEPA is the premiere network connecting corporate America to technical colleges and universities, and the leading source of professional development for directors of college engineering diversity programs.
Founded in 1975 with the mission of "increasing the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community",
NSBE has more than 29,900 members and is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. NSBE now includes more than 394 College, Pre-College, and Technical Professional/Alumni chapters in the United States and abroad.
For the first time, ASCE and the National Society of Black Engineers are working together to offer reciprocal dues discounts.
ASCE members joining NSBE for the first time can do so through the ASCE website.
More about NSBE Membership
Interested in learning more? Contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or ASCE's Senior Manager for Diversity & Inclusion, Dr. Lisa M. Black, at 703.295.6405 or email@example.com.