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Read.Watch.Listen. Black Women In Engineering

February 2022 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 turn our focus toward one of the most underrepresented groups in structural engineering. According to the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities’ 2018 Status Report on Engineering Education, Black women accounted for less than 1% of all structural engineering bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded in the U.S in 2016. The lack of representation is just one obstacle facing Black women as they consider careers in engineering. This month’s resources offer ways to combat this issue, as well as some of the others facing Black women as they navigate our field.


February is also Black History Month! Don’t forget to check out last February’s edition of Read.Watch.Listen, where we highlighted a number of notable Black Engineers.


Missed the previous issue? Check out the NCSEA SE3 Committee News and Publication page. Share your thoughts and/or recommended resources for the next issue at ncsea@ncsea.com.



 

READ

How Jocelyn Jackson is Changing the Face of Engineering - MSNBC

Jocelyn Jackson, former national chair of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), reflects on her own journey to become an engineer. She identifies the lack of representation as a key obstacle facing Black women interested in engineering, and discusses the importance of community in addressing that problem.


Originally published September 9, 2019; Estimated Read Time: 4 min

 

WATCH

Black History Month & Women in Engineering and Stem - Engineering Management Institute

In this episode of the Engineering Career Coach, host Jeff Perry interviews Kameelah Samar Majied, a mechanical engineer who serves as the National Professionals Chair of NSBE as well as the Associate Director of Network Strategy & Execution at Merck & Co., Inc. She shares her thoughts and experiences as a Black woman in the engineering industry. *If you are tight on time, we recommend starting the video at 20:48.


Originally aired February 16, 2021; Duration: 00:40:53*

 

LISTEN

Louvere Walker-Hannon on Getting More Black Women Involved in STEM - SWE

In this episode of the Society of Women Engineers Diverse podcast, we hear from Louvere Walker-Hannon, a MathWorks Senior Application Engineer. Walker-Hannon discusses how mentorship and professional organizations can play a role in improving representation among Black women in engineering.


Originally recorded on February, 2021; Duration: 00:23:30

 

This article was originally published in the February 2022 issue of NCSEA's Structural Connection newsletter. For more information, check out NCSEA's DEI Resources.

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