Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Resources

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

In our commitment to working towards more diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in STEM, we are providing resources and models that you can directly apply to your association.

In order to move forward and truly make an impact, we understand that we must continually research, collaborate, study and listen to these important topics. We strive to regularly update this page with relevant resources as they develop.

CESSE Statement on Racism and Equity

The Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) joins with its member's organizations in denouncing the systemic racism and the egregious violent actions that led to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor – and so many other victims of racially motivated violence and abuse.

Read Full Statement (PDF)

ACCESSE Keynote Session

We invite you to watch this video of the ACCESSE keynote session "Understanding the Importance of Allyship: Leveraging young professionals to change organizations."



CESSE Member Association Statements: Standing Up for Diversity and Inclusion

Together, as a community, we can work towards positive change. Hear how our member associations are taking steps within their organization to stand up for diversity and inclusion.

Read Member Statements (PDF) 


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources


Conference Sessions

Webinars, Videos, and Photos

Online DEI Tools

  • LinkedIn The Diversity Hiring Playbook (PDF)  
  • Better Allies: A step-by-step guide on how to use a tool in Slack which would suggest inclusive alternatives when users type in discriminatory or non-inclusive language.
  • The Conscious Style Guide: A website that helps writers and editors think critically about the language they use and improve their writing to be more inclusive.
  • The Diversity Style Guide: A resource to help journalists and other media professionals cover a complex, multicultural world with accuracy, authority and sensitivity" The site provides a search bar allowing users to find definitions of and information on terms.
  • AP Style Guide - updated 6/19/20:  A brief article stating that the Associated Press has updated its stylebook to capitalize "Black" and "Indigenous" when referring to people.
  • Third Edition of The Language of Inclusion - a free download of over 230 key terms and definitions.
    Used by nearly 150,000 HR & Global Diversity and Inclusion Leaders, this tool provides your organization with a vocabulary that expands the knowledge and the comfort level of all employees when engaging in dialogue about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the workplace. From James E. Wright, Diversity & Inclusion Professional
  • How to Check for Inclusive Language in Microsoft Word: Microsoft Word can help ensure inclusive language in professional communications by checking your writing for gender bias, age bias, and more. 
  • Antiracism Toolkit for Allies (PDF) - This toolkit provides analyses of white advantage and information about how to disrupt racism and create work communities where everyone thrives.
  • 6 Top Trends in DEI for 2022 - The article goes into detail on how having a diverse company can be a huge factor in your success as a whole and what preemptive steps businesses can take. 


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultants/speakers

Find diversity and inclusion solutions that achieve results and create sustainable change for the future.


LGBTQIA+ Resources

Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or an ally, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

Ways to practice inclusivity every day:

  • Normalize Pronouns: When introducing yourself, offer your pronouns and normalize the practice for others! Add your pronouns to your Zoom name and email signature, and encourage others to do the same.
  • Use Gender-Neutral Language: Avoid using terms that may not be inclusive, such as "ladies and gentlemen" or gendered titles, such as "sir" or "ma'am." Instead, try to use gender neutral options, like "folks" or "everyone."
  • Provide Gender-Neutral Restroom Options: When selecting and negotiating with venues, advocate for gender-neutral restroom options for your event to ensure gender nonconforming attendees may choose the bathroom that best matches their identity.
  • Don’t Assume: Resist making assumptions about others’ gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure, or relationships, and avoid stereotyping others based on socially constructed concepts of masculinity or femininity and others’ gender expression.

Donate your time or money to LGBTQIA+ causes: