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(BISE) Blacks in Safety Engineering

Thank you for your interest in Blacks in Safety Engineering (BISE). BISE has been established to foster the advancement of blacks in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession through the objectives contained in BISE’s mission statement.

Volunteer Advisory Committee


Patricia Reed, CSP

Assistant Administrator:

Kimberly R. Jackson, CSP, REM

Executive Secretary: Stephen Udezi


To join BISE, contact ASSE Customer Service at (847) 699-2929.

Mission Statement

BISE’s mission is to promote and encourage the collaboration, interest, recognition and promotion of Blacks within the safety profession and within ASSE.

General Objectives of ASSE Common Interest Groups

  • ASSE’s Common Interest Groups (CIGs) benefit the Society, its members and the safety profession
  • CIGs will support ASSE's commitment to diversity within the Society
  • CIGS’s will create a welcoming atmosphere in the volunteer leadership structure
  • CIG’s will facilitate positive experiences for diverse groups in the ASSE community
  • CIGS’s will support the Society and the strategic plan by providing a variety of continuing education opportunities on diversity for ASSE members
  • CIG’s will provide added value to ASSE members and potential members by offering opportunities for involvement in a CIG
  • CIG’s will solidify ASSE's reputation as being on the forefront of emerging issues

BISE Objectives

  • Control accidents, fatalities and losses by enhancing education and professional skills in the safety profession
  • Provide networking opportunities
  • Provide a forum for discussion of timely issues, sharing ideas and information that support and develop the Black Safety Professional
  • Provide mentoring opportunities for those new to the profession, those seeking to grow and those contemplating career moves within occupational safety and health
  • Provide outreach and recruiting to Black students and educate them about career opportunities in occupational safety and health
  • Address issues of safety and cultural diversity
  • Foster communication through the BISE newsletter, website and forums at ASSE professional development conferences
  • Support the growth of Blacks in the safety profession by promoting and supporting certifications in all areas related to occupational safety and health

To contribute to the BISE scholarship donate now and note “BISE Scholarship” in the “Other” field.

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Scholarship Recipients

  • 2014 - Limi Akomah-Mordi, Brigham Young University Idaho
  • 2013 - Belema Boyle, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
  • 2012 – Stella Amuwha, Oakland University
  • 2011 – Ernine Porter, Oakland University

BISE Documents