About EDGE


The goals of the Engineering Deans Gender Equity (EDGE) Initiative are to:
1) reduce key institutional and system-level barriers to engineering deans’ ability to enable the recruitment, retention, and professional advancement of diverse women faculty, and
2) conduct research to determine if reducing these recognized impediments will promote engineering deans’ capacity (i.e., awareness, knowledge, and behavior) to effect positive equity-change for women faculty.

The ultimate aim is to attract and advance diverse women faculty into an inclusive and equitable academic engineering culture. The initiative leverages the ASEE Diversity pledge made by 200+ engineering deans to the “…development and implementation of proactive strategies to increase the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in our faculty.”



National Advisory Board

The initiative’s activities are guided by a distinguished National Advisory Board deeply experienced in diversity and educational leadership:
Ilene Busch-Vishniac (chair), former president of the University of Saskatchewan and former provost of McMaster University;
Scott Bass, provost emeritus, American University;
Brian Blake, provost, Drexel University;
Cheryl B. Schrader, president, Wright State University;
Orlando Taylor, vice president, Fielding University