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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The SME Education Foundation’s renewed and focused commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) provides increased opportunities to underrepresented and disadvantaged communities across the country.

The SME Education Foundation’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiative is designed to fully integrate opportunities for underrepresented communities in every program and effort. Currently, only 21% of engineering bachelor’s degree recipients are women, while minorities account for just 12.5%. Similarly, in industry, women represent just 29% of the manufacturing workforce while minorities account for only 20%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The new Irving P. McPhail Scholarship Fund is a crucial component of the new initiative and will award scholarships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and manufacturing education to minority and female students. 

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Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is Important

The Foundation is one of many manufacturing and engineering organizations nationwide intent on diversifying their operations from the ground up and significantly expanding postsecondary education opportunities to a broader community of students.

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SME PRIME - Park High School - Educator Valerie Freeman in Hallway

SME PRIME Educator Joins Foundation Board of Directors

Valerie Freeman, a manufacturing and robotics pathway teacher at Park High School, will join the SME Education Foundation Board of Directors in 2021.

Scholarship Success: The New Face of Engineering

Rachel Linder, recipient of a 2019 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship, is studying mechanical engineering; a field more typically sought by men. The lack of women in her program could be daunting, but Rachel isn't intimated. She knows she can deliver.

SME PRIME: Underrepresented and Disadvantaged Community Engagement

SME PRIME's renewed focus includes working with Title 1 schools over the next five years, increasing the number of students who receive training and education that can lead to rewarding careers and economic opportunity.

New Scholarship Fund: Key Element of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy

The new Irving P. McPhail Scholarship Fund, named for the late president of the 2020 SME Education Foundation, was established to award scholarships in STEM and manufacturing education to minority and female students, with a goal of increasing awards in those groups over the next five years.

Donate to Irving P. McPhail Scholarship Fund

The new Irving P. McPhail Scholarship Fund was named for the late president of the 2020 SME Education Foundation. Your donation to this fund will help honor Irving P. MacPhail’s legacy and award scholarships in STEM and manufacturing education to minority and female students.