Women and people in nonwhite ethnic and racial groups are a growing part of the US population. Yet, the participation of women, blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans in engineering and other STEM fields remains woefully
underwhelming, according to National Science Foundation data. There are expanding
efforts to encourage and support the entry of more women and people of color into the
engineering workforce, but there is a significant challenge to the recruitment and retention of diverse talent that can’t be ignored.
NSPE encourages diversity and supports equal employment opportunity and promotion opportunities for all engineers. The Society also encourages members and employers
in each practice area to make special recruitment efforts that lead to adequate representation of minorities and women at all levels of the engineering profession.
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Despite progress, the
can still be a very trying
experience for women
and people of color.
BY DANIELLE BOYKIN