Introducing the New IEEE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Website

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By: IEEE

THE INSTITUTE To further promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the IEEE and the engineering profession, the organization has launched a new website that contains a wealth of information, resources, and tools for members, volunteers, and the broader community. Developed by the IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Professional Ethics, this website builds on the momentum of recent diversity and inclusion actions in the IEEE, including  adoption of the IEEE Diversity Statement in 2020 and a significant overhaul of reporting and adjudication process for ethics violations released earlier this year. 

The website launch also follows the reaffirmed statement of the president, past president, and president-elect of IEEE, which states that “IEEE is, and remains, strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and we see no place for hatred and discrimination in our communities.”

The platform lists a variety of IEEE resources such as its nondiscrimination policy, code of ethics, and accessibility statement. The new site also highlights ongoing efforts by various IEEE groups that are taking action toward building a diverse, equitable, and welcoming environment such as IEEE regions and geographic units, technical societies, the IEEE Board of Directors, Technical Activities Board committees, and IEEE Women in Engineering

In addition the website includes links to resources that are taking initiative in the diversity, equity, and inclusion arena. 

“The website will serve as a critical resource for our members, volunteers, and the broader engineering community. It will showcase the importance of diversity in creating technology to benefit humanity, provide resources for awareness and best practices around diversity, inclusion, and equity, and inspire through storytelling about diverse members and their impact. I envision this website as a catalyst to improve diversity, inclusion and equity in the IEEE and in the profession” says Andrea Goldsmith, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Professional Ethics.

The new web presence further reflects IEEE’s longstanding commitment to engage diverse perspectives for the betterment of the engineering profession, ensuring a welcoming environment that equitably engages, supports, and recognizes the diverse individuals dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. 

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This article originally appeared in IEEE Spectrum on 15 June 2021.