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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources for Engineering

Discover some of the resources at Parks Library that cover issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in engineering, and learn how to find more of these materials.

Biographies & profiles of BIPOC engineers

BIPOC stands for "Black, Indigenous, and People of Color"--these people have always been involved in engineering and inventing. However, due to persistent biases in the publishing world there are very few full-length books providing biographies or memoirs of these engineers. Here are some examples from the ISU library's collection:

Biography databases

In these databases, it helps to know in advance who you are looking for, as biographies for people of color and people from other underrepresented groups are not typically marked as such in search results or lists of people. For example, you can browse for African Americans but would need to identify engineers by looking the people up elsewhere or viewing their biographies. You can also browse by people in science or engineering, but there is no indicator on that page as to which people belong to underrepresented groups.

You can filter your results to just men or just women in American National Biography, which may help narrow things down if you are interested in men or women of color in particular. (A whopping 3 out of 200+ biographies for engineers in this database are women as of September 2020.)