Diversity and Inclusion

AIAA must take an active role in attracting and retaining a diverse membership and in raising awareness and educating the community about diversity and inclusion. We also must provide diverse leadership and role models to establish a positive mentoring and nurturing environment. To shape the future of aerospace we must utilize and optimize the contributions from the entire workforce available for innovation, productivity, and intellectual progress.

AIAA Diversity and Inclusion Plan

Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

AIAA created the Diversity Working Group to ensure that we encourage participation and collaboration across all genders, ethnicities and races, and to enhance our representation of the entire industry. It is the working group's goal to improve on the following statistics, and grow the number of women and people from different races and ethnicities, to make our membership more representative of current industry demographics. The work of the committee is accomplished by sub groups.

  • Outreach Subgroup: identifies and recommends academic, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations with which AIAA should formulate strategic partnerships.
  • Programming Subgroup: Identifies and develops programs that will provide education, awareness, support, and growth of diversity within AIAA.
  • Leadership, Growth, and Retention Subgroup: identifies and develops opportunities that will foster leadership and growth of underrepresented constituencies and identify and develop opportunities that will encourage underrepresented constituencies connected to AIAA.
  • Communications Subgroup: Communicates with AIAA members, sponsors, and the public about diversity efforts within AIAA.

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Diversity Scholars Program

The AIAA Diversity Scholars Program provides opportunities for underrepresented university students pursuing a degree in aerospace to attend an AIAA forum. Full-time students, from U.S. institutions, are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend select forums throughout the year. 

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Diversity Award

This award recognizes an individual or group within AIAA who has devoted time and effort and made significant contributions to the advancement of diversity and inclusion within the Institute. It also seeks to raise awareness on the value of a diverse membership and inclusive environment, and of important and challenging issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion in the aerospace workforce at large.

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Local Section Grant

The DWG can support local AIAA Sections who want to hold events or programs that foster more diversity and inclusion within AIAA. Click the button below to download, fill out, and submit a form to request financial and programmatic support from the Diversity Working Group.

Diversity Event Grant Request Form

Get Engaged!

One great way to get engaged with the Diversity Working Group is to join AIAA's first-ever LinkedIn "subgroup," which is focused on diversity. As a member of AIAA's Diversity LinkedIn subgroup, you will be notified about articles, announcements, and related discussions.  You will also be able to start discussions, contribute articles, and participate in online dialogues. Encouraging and enabling that participation among AIAA members and leadership is a fundamental reason for this group.

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AIAA Non-Discrimination Statement

AIAA is committed to providing engagement opportunities and access to products and services in a manner that is free from discrimination based on any personal factor unrelated to qualifications or performance. Such personal factors include, without limitation, race or color, citizenship, national origin or ethnicity, ancestry, religion or creed, political affiliation or belief, age, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.