Announcement from ASEE Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dear ASEE Colleagues:

As we face the recent blatant and painful reminders of the systemic and institutional racism that plague our society, we ask that we all stand together in support of Black engineering students and colleagues: listen to them; amplify their voices; educate ourselves and colleagues; and take actions to remove systemic injustices in our engineering communities.

To assist you with the self-education, the ASEE Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI) offers a robust program of professional development in and outside of the Virtual Conference. We also celebrate ASEE members’ scholarship that addresses issues of equity, access, and inclusion in engineering. This message asks you to open & read the newsletter and learn more about ASEE CDEI resources and initiatives.

In addition to other CDEI opportunities and the group’s accomplishments this year, this CDEI Spring 2020 Newsletter details many education initiatives that we have available for you: a Summer Virtual Workshop series, the Virtual Conference programming, and resources on our website. Read it here:

The annual CDEI RoundTable Conversation session, scheduled in the ASEE Virtual Conference for Thursday, June 25, at 5:00 pm ET, will have spaces for conversations on disrupting racism and other topics. The Annual Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Pavilion that is usually in the exhibition hall will be part of the Virtual Exhibition each day. Feel free to stop in to learn more about CDEI resources or offer your own.

If you would like to contribute to this work, CDEI chairs invite you to join us in our Annual Business Meeting, Saturday, June 20, 3:30-5:00 pm ET, held outside the conference platform so not requiring conference registration. We will have working groups plan our activities for 2020-21 in line with the new CDEI Strategic Framework and ASEE-SEFI Joint Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Links in the newsletter will allow you sign-up for the meeting and access the joint statement.


On behalf of the Chairs of the ASEE Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,

Susan Walden

Chair, 2019-20


Liz Litzler

Incoming Chair for 2020-21


Becky Bates

Past Chair, 2019-20


Contact us:

Visit the CDEI website: (note the URL will probably change after the conference because of the Commission designation)


Susan E. Walden, Ph.D., Fellow-ASEE

The University of Oklahoma

She/her or they/their

Research Associate Professor

Director, Research Institute for STEM Education (RISE)

Associate Director, Sooner Engineering Education (SEED) Center

Gallogly College of Engineering

Core Affiliate faculty, Women & Gender Studies Department

Chair, ASEE Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion