Press Release

AIAA ASCENDx Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Aerospace Community Webinar

By SpaceRef Editor
July 20, 2020
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The second in a webinar series about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the aerospace community will be held 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET Tuesday, 21 July. 


The ASCENDxWebinar is hosted by ASCEND, a space ecosystem event from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). 


The webinar will focus on the experiences of women in the aerospace community. Leaders from professional engineering societies will address the opportunities and challenges faced by their members and highlight ongoing work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion.


The webinar will feature: 

  • Raquel Tamez, CEO, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Heather Doty, president, Society of Women Engineers
  • Kristina Halona, Sequoyah Fellow and Board of Directors, American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • Enanga Fale, director of the Aerospace Special Interest Group, National Society of Black Engineers


This session was developed in collaboration with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers.


The first webinar, held 15 July, featured a panel discussion about institutional transformations that address challenges and provide opportunities for African Americans in the aerospace workforce pipeline. 


More information about ASCENDxWebinars


Media contact: Michele McDonald,, 703.264.7542  


About AIAA 
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest aerospace technical society. With nearly 30,000 individual members from 91 countries, and 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit, or follow AIAA on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn


ASCEND stands for Accelerating Space Commerce, Exploration and New Discovery and is designed to bring together technical and business leaders to solve problems that affect the entire planet and beyond. Powered by AIAA, the ASCEND event will happen online 16–18 November 2020. For more information, please visit, or follow ASCEND on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn

SpaceRef staff editor.