LEVERAGE: Extending the ASSIST Collaborative to Illuminate Engineering Faculty Pathways


The LEVERAGE design and development launch pilot, led by an alliance of the seven largest national diversity‐serving engineering professional organizations, will design, develop and test strategies that will inform how best to strengthen engineering education to increase the number of historically underrepresented faculty in engineering. This pilot will support the alliance's longer‐term objective to construct a fully integrated system for faculty transition stages to double the number of historically underrepresented engineering faculty by 2025.

In 2014, AISES was funded by NSF (DBI #1444853) for Lighting the Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM to create full circles of support for students pursuing academic career pathways.

In May 2015, the seven largest national diversity-serving professional organizations came together to form the ASSIST collaborative, a research partnership to proactively address the lack of diversity in engineering education. This collaboration was vital and historic because it was the first time that all these organizations committed to a single, common agenda and strategy for actively increasing diversity in the engineering professorate. 

In the fall of 2015, NSF’s Broadening Participation in Engineering program funded the seven organizations collaborative to pursue a common goal of supporting diverse engineering faculty success through ASSIST: Strengthening Engineering Faculty through Diversity‐Serving Professional Organization Engagement (EEC #1548322, EEC #1548197, EEC #1548200, EEC #1548319, and EEC #1548214).

The seven national, engineering diversity organizations include:

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • Great Minds in STEM™ (GMiS)
  • MAES, Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

LEVERAGE (#1649384) adapts the AISES’ PATHWAYS model to strengthen and expand the collaborative work with ASSIST to create full circles of support and opportunities for year‐round engagement of diverse individuals along their academic career toward tenured engineering faculty. 

Supporting Documents

LEVERAGE Executive Summary

NSF INCLUDES Video Showcase: LEVERAGE

LEVERAGE Project Poster, January 2017

LEVERAGE Evaluation Poster, January 2017