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ADSE is creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive research workforce drawn from a national fabric of students and researchers from community college through graduate school.

We believe that innovative solutions to the world’s most complex problems emerge when scientists and engineers from all backgrounds are represented and respected. By implementing evidence-based outreach and mentorship, we will work until  the representation of researchers, instructors, and professionals groups in academia, industry, and government matches that of the general public, thereby enabling the highest level of achievement for the STEM community.


To push the goals in our mission statement, ADSE continues to develop in three specific ways:

PROVIDE MENTORSHIP, support, and leadership via a governing board for graduate student groups dedicated to diversifying the sciences.

HOST SYMPOSIA at national conferences to provide a network for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. 

SPONSOR A SEMINAR TOUR for young faculty to visit all of our chapters located around the US at top-tier universities.

Despite the earnest efforts of many organizations and government projects, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields remain  dominated by white males.  ​

These disconcerting trends prompted the formation of two graduate student led groups: the Organization for Cultural Diversity in Science (OCDS) at University of California, Los Angeles and the Graduate Students for Diversity in Science (GSDS) University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2014, these two groups combined their efforts to form the Alliance for Diversity in Science & Engineering, or ADSE. ADSE is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, run by an executive board comprised of STEM professionals united in this vision. 


We have made it our mission to lead a national diversity initiative and unite groups of graduate students to promote diversity and inclusion in STEM fields, bringing this dialogue to the national stage.

Scientists and engineerings working in science and engineering occupations: 2015

NOTES: Hispanic may be any race. Other includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Other Pacific Island, and multiple race. 

NCSES Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2017

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