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