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Diversity Equity and Inclusion In ASHRAE

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  • Upcoming Forums

    "ASHRAE and DEI: Where Are We Now, Where Do We Want to Be Tomorrow and How Do We Get There?"

    • June 28, 2022, 3:15-4:45pm.  Sheraton Centre Toronto , Grand East (LC)

     Sheila Hayter, NREL


     Devin Abellon, Uponor
     Art Giesler, PermAlert
     Madison Schultz, OK BeCo
     Adrienne Thomle, Honeywell
     Craig Wanklyn, Kansas State University
  • Accomplishments

    The Board of Directors Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Subcommittee has formed several Task Groups within the subcommittee to address areas where DEI efforts can be applied. The BOD DEI Advisory Subcommittee will constantly review their progress and address any areas where there is greater need for DEI advancement.

    1. BOD DEI Task Group - Procedures/Documents – this group will be responsible for creating an ASHRAE governing document within the Rules of the Board, as well as a Manual of Operations. This group will also expand the ASHRAE Discrimination and Harassment Policy; create recommendations to increase DEI in appointments, honor and awards, TGs, etc.; review the Nominating Committee rules; assist in the draft of an ASHRAE Purchasing Policy statement and create requirements for ASHRAE Research Bidders.
    2. BOD DEI Task Group - Survey Development/Identifying Metrics – this group will be responsible for crafting DEI surveys for members, staff and vendors. This group will collaborate with other organizations and/or companies to develop methods to gauge and track metrics within ASHRAE membership.
    3. BOD DEI Task Group - Program Development/Education – this group will be responsible for communicating the importance and need for DEI in ASHRAE. This group will develop or host DEI programs and provide awareness materials for staff and membership.  They will seek qualified trainers/collaborate with qualified trainers to perform DEI awareness sessions for Board members. This group will also seek authors to publish articles in ASHRAE Insights.
    • The BOD DEI Subcommittee hired Fundamental Advisory as our outside DEI Consultant, interviews and workshops will be scheduled for Board members.
    • The BOD DEI Subcommittee approved ASHRAE’s participation in the International Network of Women in Cooling (INWIC) initiative.
    • The BOD DEI Subcommittee is in the early stages of forming a book club to discuss selected books about diversity, equity and inclusion. Our first facilitated discussion will be on New York Times Best Seller, Blind Spot – Hidden Biases of Good People, authored by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald.
    • The BOD DEI Subcommittee is in the early stages of developing a program focused on Energy Equity; ASHRAE’s Inclusive Energy Community Sustainability Program. The goal of the program is to providing funding for use by ASHRAE chapters and regions to fund a community project targeting disadvantaged communities.

    Executive Secretary of ASHARE signs the CEO action pledge on behalf of ASHRAE to participate in the NIBS CEO Diversity Commitment

    • Commit to building diverse leadership teams (staff & volunteer leadership) 
    • Commit to share best practices
    • Promote this work with association membership
  • DEI ASHRAE Insights

    We are looking for authors who can write topics relating to DEI:

    Call for Authors

  • DEI Podcast
  • Resources

Meet the members of the ASHRAE Board of Directors Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee:

Andres Sepulveda

Adrienne Thomle
Vice Chair

Devin Abellon

Robin Bryant

Art Giesler

Eileen Jensen

Kishor Khankari

Dunstan Macauley

Richie Mittal

Farooq Mehboob

Steven Sill

Tanisha Meyers-Lisle
Staff Liaison

Questions or Comments?