Black History Month 2021

ASQ Celebrates Black History Month


ASQ is proud to recognize Black History Month, and all the Black quality professionals who elevate not only our Society, but the entire field of quality.  From past ASQ president and Hutchens Medal namesake, Spencer Hutchens Jr., to current Executive Board Member and Treasurer Wayne Brown and the Black women leading in quality mentioned in Quality Progress, our Black members continue to propel quality forward.

ASQ is committed to being a Society that makes everyone feel welcome and valued. In the spring of 2020, past chair Austin Lin created the ASQ Diversity Culture Task Force. This group of members and ASQ staff has already begun collecting benchmarking data to understand ASQ’s cultural footprint and has created a report outlining its focus for 2021. The Society’s 2021-2022 strategic plan includes an actionable initiatives to build a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure the success of this commitment.                                                 

This year, to celebrate Black History Month, we’ve gathered just a few examples of the resources our Black ASQ members and contributors have produced with ASQ.


United States Air Force member Gerald Johnson discusses receiving the Inspection Division’s 2019 Inspector of the Year award and the future of inspection in this ASQTV episode.



Cover Image of Advanced Quality Auditing by Lance B. Coleman

Advanced Quality Auditing by Lance B. Coleman

Quality auditor, certification instructor, and author Lance B. Coleman wrote this review, and sat down with ASQ to record an exclusive webcast where he walks the audience through advancing auditing techniques that not only ensure compliance and drive continuous improvement, but also reveal substantial gaps and opportunities in risk management programs.



In this episode of ASQTV, Kemi Sorinmade, a Performance Improvement and Leadership Development coach and Trainer, discusses strategies to help organizations become more effective.



Cover Image of Document Control System for Compliance with ISO 9001:2015, ISO 13485:2016 and FDA Requirements by Stephanie L. Skipper

Document Control System for Compliance with ISO 9001:2015, ISO 13485:2016 and FDA Requirements

Managing all the documentation of your QMS is a must and can be very challenging, particularly for those new to ISO 9001. ASQ author and compliance expert Stephanie L. Skipper discussed her book in an ASQ webcast, and explained the foundational concepts of document control and compliance with ISO 9001:2015 requirements.



Headshot of Spencer J. Hutchens

Living Responsibly – A Quality Role Model

The life of Spencer Hutchens Jr. (1922-2010) and the concepts that shaped his career decisions center on a theme–social responsibility. This article by Gregory H. Watson defines and celebrates Spencer Hutchens’ contribution to the operational definition of a theory for social responsibility, demonstrating how he had consciously put his theory into practice.



Quality professionals, by the nature of their work, improve the future of workplaces, systems, and communities. ASQ is proud to champion this work, and the professionals who lead it. The changes ASQ is making to foster open communication, engaged members, and the exchange of ideas is ongoing, and we invite you to stay updated with our diversity, equity, and inclusion work via myASQ. While this is article can only illustrate a small sample of the myriad of contributions Black quality professionals have made at ASQ and the field at large, we want to thank all of our Black members for their partnership and commitment to advancing the pursuit of excellence through quality.

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