The Audio Engineering Society’s Diversity, Equity and & Inclusion Committee has announced the selection of the AES as one of six professional societies to receive an ACCESS+ mini-grant. The grant demonstrates our Society’s progress and determination to continue advancing its DEI initiatives.
The $2,000 grant has allowed the AES to contract with DEI advocacy expert Dr. Lucas Hill to help advance DEI data collection efforts. “We will be meeting with Dr. Hill over the course of 20 sessions,” shares AES DEI Committee co-chair Mary Mazurek. “This will aid us in crafting and implementing a meaningful questionnaire to collect demographic data. The data will be used to demonstrate the progress of our DEI efforts as well as identify areas were we need to improve.”
ACCESS+ is National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE partnership grant-funded initiative that seeks to accelerate the awareness, adoption, and adaptation of NSF ADVANCE evidence-based; gender-related; policies, practices, and programs within and across STEM professional societies. ACCESS+ has designated a pool of “catalytic funding” to support the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of ACCESS+ cohort participants.
Building upon this initial grant and its resulting findings, the AES DEI Committee intends to apply for future funding to further advance its data collection efforts.