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CGA earns American Society of Engineering Education Diversity Recognition

CGA Public Affairs
February 22, 2021

NCAANEW LONDON, Conn. – The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Engineering Department recently received Bronze-level recognition from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Diversity Recognition Program, currently the highest level of recognition available from the program.

The ASEE Diversity Recognition Program was created by the ASEE to publicly recognize engineering and engineering technology colleges that make significant, measurable progress in increasing diversity, inclusion, and degree attainment outcomes for their programs. The Bronze-level recognition means that a school is among the nation’s leaders in inclusive excellence.

“This recognition from ASEE means that the Academy is among the nation’s leaders in inclusive excellence,” said Rear Adm. Bill Kelly, Coast Guard Academy Superintendent. “Empowered by the Coast Guard’s Strategic Vision for the Academy, we are working constantly to develop a diverse and culturally competent engineering workforce that is Ready, Relevant, and Responsive to meet the complex needs of a 21st century Coast Guard.”

The ASEE, founded in 1893, is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology.

The honor is given to colleges that sign the ASEE Deans Diversity Pledge, build the infrastructure to support diverse populations, have at least one K-12 or community college pipeline activity and commit to a diversity and inclusion plan that includes measurable goals. The program has plans to award “Silver” and “Gold” status in the future, but universities must first receive “Bronze recognition,” which is valid for three years and is renewable.

This recognition is aimed at the Coast Guard Academy’s engineering programs, which encompasses five of the nine majors offered at the Academy.

Based on a strong organizational commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion across all the career fields and communities, a key program that the Coast Guard Academy Department of Engineering established is the Academy’s Engineering Dean’s Diversity Initiative (EDDI) to meet Coast Guard workforce needs in a way that harnesses the true potential and talent for our nation.

Recently, Second Class Cadet Kat Stroh, a Civil Engineering major from the Coast Guard Academy, was recognized as a Modern-Day Technology Leader at the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards. The national award honors African American service members and civil servants who are shaping the future of engineering, science, and technology.

This is the first ASEE award for the Coast Guard Academy. More information on Coast Guard Academy Diversity and Inclusion can be found here.