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Engineering Equity and Inclusion Office Awarded Bronze Level Exemplar Diversity Status by American Society for Engineering Education

ASEE Bronze Level Badge
Paula Rees

Paula Rees

The College of Engineering Equity and Inclusion Office, led by Assistant Dean for Diversity Paula Rees, has been awarded Bronze Level Exemplar status, the highest level issued this submission cycle, by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Diversity Recognition Program. “You are to be commended for your great achievement,” said ASEE Manager of Strategic Projects Geraldine E. Gooding. “In addition, you received Exemplar Status, which was only bestowed on a select number of institutions. You may view the full list of awardees on the Diversity Recognition Program website.”  

The ASEE Diversity Recognition Program is a follow-up initiative to the Deans Diversity Pledge, approved in June of 2018 by the ASEE. The formal application review took place between April 30 and June 3.

“In the first submission period we had 82 universities submit applications,” said Gooding. “Each institution received two reviews from a team of 24 reviewers, conducted by an augmented Diversity Committee led by Dean Emily Allen…In addition, if a program had initiatives or outcomes that were deemed by the reviewers as significant, they were granted Exemplar Status, meaning that they could resubmit for a higher classification in an upcoming submission.”

Gooding added that “Based on the committee’s review, your application was rated at the Bronze level. In addition to the bronze level award, one or more reviewers recommended your institution as an ‘Exemplar.’ This is the highest level we issued this submission cycle. The Bronze level recognition means that your college/school is among the nation’s leaders in inclusive excellence.”

Since our Equity and Inclusion Office achieved Exemplar recognition, it is eligible to apply for a higher level (Silver) in the November submission. 

The ASEE award demonstrates the college’s commitment to the following outcomes: establishing baseline support for groups underrepresented in engineering; quantifiably analyzing and assessing unit composition, policies, culture, and climate related to all groups underrepresented in engineering; implementing programs and initiatives that strengthen the K-12 or community college pipeline, thereby reducing significant barriers related to long-term growth; and developing an action plan focused on continuous improvement.

The Engineering Equity and Inclusion Office provides academic and non-academic support to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation among under-represented minorities and women.

As the program has stated, “Our goal is to assist students in achieving their academic and professional goals by offering services and programs that include seminars, academic assistance, and access to undergraduate research and scholarship opportunities.” (August 2019)