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Policy Statement 417 - Promoting Diversity and Inclusion


Approved by the Committee on Diversity & Inclusion on October 11, 2016
Approved by the Committee on Advancing the Profession on October 25, 2016
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on June 5, 2017
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 29, 2017


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. 


Women, minority groups, and other diverse populations have historically been under-represented in the engineering profession. Over the last several decades, progress has been made through awareness and education on diversity and inclusion but more effort is needed to reach the goal of complete diversity and full inclusion. 


The well-being of our global society will rely greatly on the civil engineering profession to provide leadership, innovation, and a strong identity to meet the challenges of our changing world. The ability of the profession to meet these challenges will require the full participation of all members of society; thus ASCE recognizes the strategic and critical importance of a diverse engineering workforce and inclusive climate for the future of the profession.

Complete diversity, and full inclusion of all people is strategically fundamental to the sustainability of the civil engineering profession. Population trends indicate U.S. demographics are changing and the future workforce pool will be increasingly diverse.  In order to attract the best and brightest to the field of civil engineering we must appeal to an increasingly diverse population. 

This policy has worldwide application
ASCE Policy Statement 417  
First Approved in 1993