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The Acoustical Society‘s Committee for the Improvement of Racial Diversity and Inclusion (CIRDI) is planning a summer research and internship experience for undergraduate students from historically Black colleges and universities, and minority-serving institutions of higher learning (HBCU-MSIs). We’re very excited to unveil this new initiative, and we hope you’ll consider how you might get involved.

We plan a 12-week internship program in Summer 2021, including two weeks of a virtual acoustics short course for undergraduate students from various academic backgrounds, followed by a paid internship in various academic and industry environments.  These experiences could be in-person or virtual, as dictated by local constraints. We are seeking mentors for these students, both for the short course and also for the mentored internship experiences.

The mentoring experiences and goals will include the following:

  • Willingness and availability of the mentor to attend ally and mentoring training provided by ASA consultants
  • Assistance with developing content areas for the short course
  • Willingness to integrate undergraduate students from minority institutions into your activities and groups, to provide opportunities for scientific, practical, and career development
  • Willingness to maintain relationships with the students in the program remotely and at conferences over the next 1-2 years

Other desirable mentoring contributions include:

  • Prior experience with diverse students and employees
  • Active group experiences that provide a cohort that can support the students
  • Possibility of the local agency to cover some of the internship expenses

In return, we expect that the mentors and their teams will gain the benefit of new perspectives and will help the Society expand our reach within underrepresented groups.  We are already involved in active recruitment of qualified students.

Perhaps you can see yourself contributing to this initiative by serving as a mentor, or by recommending other mentors. We encourage you to reach out to the Committee chair, Tyrone Porter, or to the vice-chair, Peggy Nelson. We welcome the involvement of members from all areas of acoustics, including academic and industry partners. We believe that this initiative could be a strong step in the right direction of making the ASA more diverse and inclusive, and we welcome your involvement. We appreciate your giving this your consideration, and discussing this with your own acoustics group. Let us hear from you!

Tyrone Porter

Peggy Nelson


Summer Intern Mentor

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