DEI Mission Statement

The Society of American Military Engineers is fully committed to promoting a culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in all that we do.

As a professional organization, our unwavering standard is that all individuals feel valued and respected regardless of gender, race, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, education, disability, veteran status, or other dimension of diversity.

Together, we will achieve that commitment and standard through our DEI Operational Plan, driven by our vision to make lasting impacts on the Society and the future of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) profession.

SAME 2025 DEI Action Plan

View the DEI Action Plan

DEI Executive Commitment Statement

View the Executive Commitment Statement

Current DEI Initiatives & Activities

SAME’s DEI Sub-Committee is actively pursuing impactful goals as part of the DEI Action Plan:

  • Grow DEI Knowledge and Understanding through training, education, communication and sharing best practices
  • Establish and Sustain membership management practices that enhance the achievement of the SAME diversity, equity and inclusion executive statement
  • Enhance Programs Impact by a review all major SAME programs to determine the best opportunities to help shape the A/E/C industry’s diversity, equity, and inclusion

For more about DEI across SAME

Contact Debra Crafter and Elaina Edwards. DEI Sub-Committee Co-Chairs

Debra R. Crafter

Debra Crafter

Small Business Programs Manager


Elaina Edwards

Elaina Edwards

Vice President