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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.


Leaders Can't Shy Away from Sensitive Topics, Even When It's Awkward 
by Bill Boulding, Dean of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
Guides for Equitable Practice by AIA - Introduction and Segment 1: Intercultural Competence
These guides provide a resource for firms to achieve a professional work environment, build intercultural competency, improve awareness, and to develop and retain employees. Each chapter includes best practices, relevant research, and tools to help address a variety of employment and personnel issues. 
This presentation explores how biases are learned and reinforced through life experiences. It encourages individuals and firms to take action, challenge the acceptance of racist norms, and create measurable change.
This recording, part of a monthly series from SEAOI, explores diversity from various perspectives. Panelists reviewed the current state of the profession and considered the work needed for improvement. 
Institutional Interventions to Prevent Implicit Bias from Undermining Organizational Diversity
This brief synopsis seeks to shed light on examples of structural inequities and how implicit bias undermines policies and practices.
What Does My Headscarf Mean to You?
Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a mechanical engineer, writer, and activist, challenges people to look beyond their initial impressions as she demonstrates real examples of implicit bias.
Engineering a Culture of Inclusion Part 4: Unconscious Bias
In this conversation, Kim Parker Brown, P.E., discusses her own experiences with implicit and explicit bias and how she handles it while on the job.

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: 


Session 1:

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


Session 2:

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


Session 3: 
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.