Professional Organizations for Diversity

Professional Organizations for Diversity

The following list represents organizations which support gender, racial and ethnic diversity. The ADVANCE group is always working to enhance the pool of resources available to the Michigan Tech community. As new organizations emerge, we hope to expand this list. We appreciate any suggestions on organizations for inclusion in this list.



COLORLINES is a daily news site where race matters. COLORLINES believes that instead of being defined and divided by racism, we can become uplifted and united by racial justice. is produced by a multiracial team of writers who cover stories from the perspective of community.

Diversity Inc.

The goal of the Diversity Inc. Top 50 is to create an evolving and accurate database of successful diversity-management best practices and their ensuing results measured in human-capital and procurement demographics. The methodology of the Diversity Inc Top 50 has always been transparent and publicly available on

Diversity Web

Since 1971 AAC&U has developed initiatives that bring together faculty and institutions of higher learning to provide national leadership that advances diversity and equity in higher education, and the best educational practices for an increasingly diverse population.

Diversity Woman

Diversity Woman is the only magazine on the market designed exclusively to help smart, savvy women of all races, cultures, and backgrounds achieve their career and business goals. Each issue is brimming with insights from women business leaders and other experts who speak from real world experience, offering sage advice, information, and inspiration.

SACNAS- Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)


For many decades, an increasing number of women have obtained STEM doctoral degrees, however, women, particularly women of color, continue to be significantly underrepresented in almost all STEM academic positions.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines.

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

The advocacy and equity committee of the AWIS national board sets the direction of public policy for the organization by outlining public policy objectives, developing position statements relevant to AWIS members, and participating in public policy activities.

Center for the Advancement of Hispanics in Science and Engineering Education (CAHSEE)

CAHSEE is a national educational and scientific non-profit organization based in Washington DC created by Latino scientists and engineers. Our mission is to prepare talented Hispanic and other underrepresented minority science and engineering students achieve academic excellence and professional success through CAHSEE's pipeline of rigorous educational and leadership development programs.

Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM)

The Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) is a standing committee of the National Research Council (NRC). Its mandate is to coordinate, monitor, and advocate action to increase the participation of women in science, engineering, and medicine.

Institute for Women & Technology (IWT)

Through our work every day, the Anita Borg Institute seeks to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women. IWT has developed tools and programs designed to help industry, academia and government recruit, retain and develop women technology leaders.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)

To insure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino women and men in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP)

NOGLSPT empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and peer support. NOGLSTP educates all communities regarding scientific, technological, and medical concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.


National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

NSBE’s mission is "to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community." The organization is dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals. 

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize their fullest potential and impacts the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. SHPE's vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The SWE Mission is to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.

Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOW)

OWSD, formerly TWOWS, The first international forum uniting women scientists from the South with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership.

Women Evolving Biological Science (WEBS)

WEBS is an annual three-day symposium aimed at addressing the retention of female scientists and issues related to the transition of women from early career stages to tenure track positions and leadership roles in academic and research settings.  WEBS targets early career women in the biological sciences with an emphasis on ecology and evolutionary biology.

Women in Engineering Progams

The mission of the Women in Engineering Programs is to provide, or help you provide, information resources to promote, guide, and stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with a particular emphasis on engineering. Women in Engineering Programs seek to diversify the types of engineers in society by exposing large numbers of students to the capacity they will have to benefit society.

Women in Engineering ProActive (WEPAN)

WEPAN works to transform culture in engineering education to attract, retain, and graduate women. With a clear focus on research-based issues and solutions, WEPAN helps its members develop a highly prepared, diverse engineering workforce for tomorrow.

Women in Physics (APS)

The American Physical Society strives to be the leading voice for physics and an authoritative source of physics information for the advancement of physics and the benefit of humanity; provide effective programs in support of the physics community and the conduct of physics; collaborate with national scientific societies for the advancement of science, science education and the science community; and cooperate with international physics societies to promote physics, to support physicists worldwide and to foster international collaboration; promote an active, engaged and diverse membership, and support the activities of its units and members.

ASEE Women in Engineering Division (WiE)

The objective of the Women in Engineering Division (WIED) of the American Society for Engineering Education is to study, promote and improve the role of women in the professions of engineering and engineering technology through collection of data, publications, presentations at appropriate meetings, sponsorship of conferences, and similar activities.

Women in Higher Education & Business

AACU Women in Higher Education

The mission of the Association of American Colleges and Universities is to make the aims of liberal learning a vigorous and constant influence on institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. For 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day: educational, social, economic, and political.


Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business. Catalyst's global lens and regional reach provides members, the media, and the public with information and counsel on creating workplaces that enable women and their employers to succeed.

Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE)

The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) is a consortium of over 160 colleges, universities and systems across North America committed to making the academic workplace more attractive and equitable for faculty.  Founded in 2002 with support from the Ford Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies, COACHE is based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is now supported completely by its members.

Institute for Women's Leadership

The Institute for Women's Leadership is a consortium of teaching, research, and public service units of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The institute and its members are dedicated to examining leadership issues and advancing women's leadership in all arenas of public life – locally, nationally and globally.


MentorNet is the premiere and most experienced web-based e-mentoring program in the world. Every year we match thousands of students, postdocs, and early career researchers in engineering and science on hundreds of campuses to mentors in the professions for one-on-one guided relationships.

National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)

The National Association for Female Executives, one of the country’s largest associations for women professionals and business owners, provides resources through education, networking, and public advocacy;to empower its members to achieve both career and personal success.

National Clearinghouse for Academic Worklife (NCAW)

Developed at the University of Michigan's Center for the Education of Women, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Clearinghouse on Academic Worklife contains resources for researchers, administrators, faculty, and others interested in academia and work.

Work & Family

Center for Work & Family

College Center for Work & Family (BCCWF) has been a leader in helping organizations create effective workplaces that support and develop healthy and productive employees. We provide a bridge linking the academic community to leaders in employment settings who are committed to promoting workforce effectiveness.

Families & Work Institute

Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce,family and community. As a preeminent think-tank, FWI is known for being ahead of the curve, identifying emerging issues,and then conducting rigorous research that often challenges common wisdom, provides insight and knowledge.

Sloan Work and Family Research Network

WFRN provides an online peer-community with tools to strengthen connections between the global audience interested in work and family. These include the only open access work and family subject matter repository, the Work and Family Commons, a News Feed, a Calendar of Events, the Early Career Scholars program, and much more.