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Read.Watch.Listen. A Year in Review

December 2021 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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As 2021 comes to a close, we are reflecting on the first full calendar year of Read.Watch.Listen! All of the topics explored this year are complex, and stretch much further than the three resources that we provide each month. This month, to help expand our understanding of some of these issues, we have provided three new resources, each pertaining to a different topic from 2021. We hope you will take this opportunity to revisit and dive deeper into these important topics! To review all of our previous posts, please pay a visit to the NCSEA SE3 Committee website!

Share your thoughts and/or recommended resources for the next issue at


Stop Hiring for Cultural Fit - Kellogg Insight

In January, we explored what it means to hire for “cultural fit”, and how that common practice can hinder diversity, innovation, and growth. This article from the Kellogg School of Management dives further into the downfalls of hiring for cultural fit, and offers more strategies for improving hiring practices.


5 Ways to Approach Racial Equity at Work - PBS News Hour

July’s issue focused on how to start a conversation about racial equity in the workplace, which can often be a difficult and emotional endeavor. In this interview, Raël Nelson James, of The Bridgespan Group, discusses this sensitive issue in the context of the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. She offers tangible strategies for employees looking to initiate racial equity work in their companies, from simple first steps to growing movements.


Diversifying the Engineering Workforce for the Future - Advance: An NCEES Podcast Series

In April, we focused on ways to increase diversity in STEM Education, thereby increasing diversity in our industry. In this podcast, Kevin Edwards, PE, MBB, and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Bechtel discusses his educational path to engineering as well as how to adjust the education system to increase diverse participation in STEM education and STEM careers.


This article was originally published in the December 2021 issue of NCSEA's Structural Connection newsletter. For more information, check out NCSEA's DEI Resources.

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