December 2020 Issue
A monthly forum to share diversity, equity, and inclusion resources.
Welcome to the next installment of Read.Watch.Listen: a monthly forum hosted by the NCSEA SE3 Committee to share and promote conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion within the structural engineering profession. Each month, we will curate a series of articles, audio-visual and digital media to facilitate self-education in matters that affect our professional practice as structural engineers. Whether you choose to read, watch, or listen (or all three!), we hope you will join us in this important conversation.
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This month, we focus on charitable acts as a way to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion. As this is the season of giving, we wanted to highlight a few engineering organizations that give back to their communities and the world. We hope their stories will serve as inspiration to give back with your time (volunteering and mentoring), your organizations (firm sponsorship), and/or through financial contributions. Please also consider ways to support the NCSEA Foundation, a nonprofit initiative founded earlier this year to “assist practicing structural engineers to be highly qualified professionals and successful leaders.”
These organizations were selected because they align with NCSEA’s Call to Action. If you would like to suggest additional organizations for future columns, please send recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACE Mentorship Program Introduces Students to Architecture and Related Fields - Architectural Record
Written for Architectural Record by Miriam Sitz, this article gives a quick history of ACE Mentors and describes their free after-school program that introduces high school students to the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering industry. The program challenges students to an annual design competition with the mentorship of design professionals.
Originally published July 30, 2020; Estimated Read Time: 2 min
Latinas in STEM, Los Angeles, CA
Latinas in STEM is an organization founded to “inspire and empower Latinas to pursue, thrive, and advance in STEM fields”. In this video, the founders discuss their mission and vision for the organization, while student participants reflect on a program offered by the group.
Interview with Engineer Julius Hudson of NSBE - The Engineering Career Coach Podcast
Julius Hudson, a civil engineer and National Professionals Chair Emeritus of the National Society of Black Engineers, is a STEM advocate. In this episode of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast, Hudson discusses the importance of support systems for both engineering students and professionals. Hudson also touches on the history and mission of NSBE.