The U.S. produces about 93,000 engineers a year at the bachelor’s degree level, but only 30,000 of them are women or from underrepresented minority groups. The 50K Coalition seeks to graduate 50,000 diverse engineers by the year 2025. The Coalition is a collaborative of more than 40 organizations focused on this bold national goal. Watch our video to see how the Coalition will collaborate to create a comprehensive plan to change the public perception of engineering and encourage a diversified field of study, one that includes more women and members of other underrepresented groups.
The 50K Coalition was formed by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the nation’s preeminent diversity engineering organizations, which collectively serve more than 85,000 pre-collegiate, collegiate and professional members. The expertise and more than 188 years of collective experience of the coalition’s founding organizations perfectly position them to tackle the coalition’s goal.
As the number of jobs requiring engineering education grows within the United States, the number of students earning degrees in those fields remains level, with women and minorities severely underrepresented. This imbalance threatens our nation’s future economic competitiveness, our quality of life and our national security.
The Coalition has collaboratively created a comprehensive plan to change the public perception of engineering and encourage a diversified field of study, one that includes more women and members of other underrepresented groups. The Coalition will work to encourage these groups to pursue and succeed in engineering and technology. Toward this end, we will leverage our existing programs, networks and partnerships with institutions of higher education to achieve our common goal of producing 50,000 underrepresented minority and women engineering graduates annually by 2025.
Learn more at 50KCoalition.org.