The AIChE Foundation’s Doing a World of Good campaign announced the launch of its latest initiative, All For Good: Engineering for Inclusion, a comprehensive, multi-year, industrywide collective effort to share best practices and fund programming to increase inclusion in the engineering profession.
Data shows that when individuals of diverse backgrounds, generations, race/ethnicity, gender or ability work collectively, the results lead to increased innovation, productivity, and safety. To reap the full benefits of the future workforce all individuals will need to feel they are welcome, can contribute, and that their ideas are valued. This sense of belonging is the core of an inclusive workplace.
Working with a dedicated Committee of industry partners AIChE is leveraging best practices, scaling existing programs and developing initiatives that will position the profession to attract and retain the best and brightest workforce. All for Good (AFG) consists of five transformative programs that will support the entire engineering life cycle from the classroom to the boardroom.
- Start early for engagement (middle and high schools)
- Explore alternate entryways to the profession (e.g., community colleges)
- Promote inclusion throughout academia and industry (e.g., retain and advance engineers)
- Leverage partnerships, (e.g., organizations, universities, corporations and NGO’s)
- Updated and expanded programming was introduced throughout 2018 to build community, advance skills, and engage with diverse populations.
Ways to Support the All For Good: Engineering for Inclusion Initiative (Individuals, Industry and Academia)
- Integrate D&I when nominating peers for Fellow and AIChE Awards
- Volunteer to host an AIChE workshop
- Promote D&I within your workplace
- Participate by attending an AIChE D&I workshop or volunteer as a panelist
- Serve as a mentor at AIChE student conferences & meetings
- Volunteer locally to advance our profession through K-12 STEM outreach efforts
- Support AIChE’s Doing a World of Good Campaign
Please look to AIChE’s publications, meetings, and special notices for additional information on how to participate.