How Inclusive Are STEM Professionals?

In October of 2018, AIChE, among other engineering and science organizations, participated in the STEM Inclusion Study. The goal of the study was to investigate the experiences of professionals from across STEM disciplines and industries to identify potential mechanisms of disadvantage at the interpersonal, organizational, and professional levels.

How inclusive are STEM professionals?

The STEM Inclusion Study provides unprecedented insight into the contours of inequality by gender, disability status, and race/ethnicity. It is also the first study to systematically examine the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) professionals in STEM.

The study also addresses an underlying question of why certain forms of inequality are more resilient than others, despite legal and cultural directives for equality.

How to attend this presentation

The results and analysis of the study will be presented by Dr. Erin Cech at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting. This presentation will take place on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 2:00pm-3:00pm. Learn more here.

Related LGBTQ+ events and reception

For the fourth year in a row, the LGBTQ+ & Allies Initiative team is hosting a safe-zone workshop and a panel focused on how best to attract, engage and include LGBTQ+ engineers into your workplace, department, or classroom. The workshop and panel are followed by a reception hosted by leadership.

Learn more about AIChE's Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives by joining the LGBTQ+ & Allies Online Community at

AIChE® thanks the Founders’ Circle companies and individuals who have contributed for their early leadership and support of programming to foster inclusion in engineering.

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Erin Cech

Erin Cech joined the sociology department at the University of Michigan in 2016. Before coming to the University of Michigan, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and was on faculty at Rice University. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2011 from the University of California, San Diego and undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Sociology from Montana State University.

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