Topic: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Engineering a Culture of Inclusion Part 2: Legacy of Success

Today on ASCE Plot Points marks the start of a new series called "Engineering a Culture of Inclusion," talking with civil engineers impacted by the current sociopolitical climate, who will share their experiences within and insights about the civil engineering profession, specifically as they relate to race and racism. Birdel Franklin Jackson III, P.E., M.ASCE, lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, enjoying retirment after a long and...

Engineering a Culture of Inclusion Part 1: Time for Change

Today on ASCE Plot Points marks the start of a new series called "Engineering a Culture of Inclusion," talking with civil engineers impacted by the current sociopolitical climate, who will share their experiences within and insights about the civil engineering profession, specifically as they relate to race and racism. Yvette E. Pearson, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, is the associate dean for accreditation, assessment and strategic initiatives...

What does a leader look like?

Diversity among not just rank-and-file employees but among leadership is critically important.

Why I Include My Pronouns in a Professional Setting

Danielle Schroeder, EIT, A.M.ASCE, is an associate bridge engineer in Pennoni’s transportation division, based in its Philadelphia headquarters. Though just three years into her career, she’s already been extraordinarily active in ASCE, most recently serving locally as the K-12 outreach co-chair for the Philadelphia Younger Member Forum, as well as in Society-level posts on the Structural Engineering Institute’s Structures Congresses Committee and as a corresponding member...

Engineering a Culture of Inclusion in the Face of Injustice

Bobbie Shields, P.E., M.ASCE, is the owner and manager of SHIELB PLLC, a planning, engineering and management consulting firm. Previously, he worked nearly four decades as an engineering leader in both the private and public sectors in his home state of North Carolina. A longtime ASCE leader, Shields currently serves as a Region 4 governor. He was set to take part in ASCE’s virtual roundtable...

I Can’t Breathe and This Is Why

Yvette E. Pearson, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, is the associate dean for accreditation, assessment and strategic initiatives at Rice University in Houston. She has been an active member of ASCE for two decades, taking on a variety of leadership roles for several sustainability, education and diversity committees and programs. She currently chairs ASCE’s Members of Society Advancing an Inclusive Culture (MOSAIC), and recently launched the...

How ASCE’s Code of Ethics May Apply to Personal Conduct during the Pandemic

This hypothetical situation is modified from an actual case that was considered by ASCE’s Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC). Situation AN ASCE MEMBER maintains a personal Facebook page on which he regularly shares humorous graphics, videos, and popular memes. As evidenced by his postings, the member’s sense of humor runs the gamut from innocent to salacious, with topics ranging from family and home life to current...

ASCE Plot Points Season 3 Episode 5: Representation

When it comes to inspiring the next generation of civil engineers, representation is so very important. Jose Castro, an assistant engineer in water resources for Michael Baker International in Irvine, California, tells his story of both how he was inspired to pursue civil engineering when he was a student and how he now inspires students through outreach work (1:52). In Extracurricular, we hear from Ashlyn Alexander,...

ASCE Plot Points Season 2 Episode 7: Qu-AKE

Guillermo Díaz-Fañas, C.Eng, Ing., P.E., M.ASCE, has been giving back and making a difference all his life. Today he talks about the nonprofit he helped start, Qu-AKE: Queer Advocacy and Knowledge Exchange, for LGBTQ+ professionals working in the built environment (1:16). In the Changing the World segment, Hector Colon de la Cruz discusses his work on ASCE's Infrastructure Report Card for Puerto Rico (12:50). And in Member...

Becoming leaders

Carolyn Emerson talks about the challenges she saw for women in civil engineering more than a decade ago and what progress she has seen since.