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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

SE3 has developed a library of resources with regards to engagement and equity within the structural engineering profession. Whether you choose to read, watch, or listen (or all three!), you are invited to join us in this important conversation.



ASCE Celebrates Black History Month - Notable Black Engineers in History
Compiled by the Oregon Section of ASCE, this article provides brief biographies of eight African American engineers who had an impact on the civil engineering industry.  
Famous Black Engineers Throughout History
Read more about the historical engineers highlighted by ASCE, as well as some more recent Black engineers, in this article compiled by How Stuff Works. 
With this quiz from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, test your knowledge of African American engineers and inventors! Review your results to learn more about these inspiring individuals.


This video from the Associated Press describes the tremendous civil engineering feat performed by Black soldiers during World War II. Segregated from the rest of the military, these men constructed 1,500 miles of the ALCAN Highway over 8 months while enduring harsh conditions, working without proper tools, and without recognition until the recent celebration on the 75th anniversary of the highway’s completion.


In this episode of The Takeaway, Keith Holmes & Sandra Morgan discuss the contributions and struggles of Black engineers and inventors during the early 20th century. Holmes is the author of Black Inventors: Crafting of 200 Years of Success. Morgan shares insight into the personality and perseverance of her grandfather, Garrett A. Morgan-investor of the 3-way traffic signal and holder of several patents.

In accordance with the Call to Action released earlier this year, NCSEA is working to identify and eradicate behaviors that perpetuate racism and inequality within our profession. In conjunction with its Foundation and the Structural Engineering Engagement & Equity (SE3) Committee, NCSEA has partnered with a strategic diversity and inclusion practitioner to develop a series of webinars that will introduce attendees to diversity, equity, inclusion, and discuss ways to begin developing multicultural organizations via inclusive policies, programs, and practices.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Series: 


Cultural Humility & the “You” in Unity

This session will introduce participants to cultural humility and its role in creating intentionally inclusive environments. Through the exploration of individual perceptions, experiences, and interactions and the needed mindsets to practice cultural humility for an inclusive organization, participants will be primed for deeper dives into topics such as bias and equity. 

 Participant Guide        Slide Handout


Bias Awareness and Socialization

Using the Harvard Implicit Association Test, this session will introduce participants to biases, how they are developed through socialization, and the role of internalized oppression in authoring identities. Through an exploration of the Cycle of Liberation, participants will consider steps towards intergroup coalition building to address systemic inequity. 

 Participant Guide        Slide Handout


How Do We Progress Towards Racial Equity in the Structural Engineering Community?

This panel discussion discusses how we can improve the STEM and specifically the structural engineering pipeline, as well as share successful diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies and common roadblocks in the engineering and architecture professions, through a conversation with experts.