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Read.Watch.Listen. The Pay Gap

March 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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In this issue of Read.Watch.Listen, we’re taking a look at the pay gap. A 2021 report by Georgetown University, titled Mission Not Accomplished: Unequal Opportunities and Outcomes for Black and Latinx Engineers, highlights the pay disparities that exist within the engineering professions. Not only is there a disproportionately low number of Black and Latinx engineers, but these engineers are often paid less than their white and Asian colleagues. The resources below provide an introduction to the salary gap as well as suggestions to increase fairness and equity in our work policies.

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Inequities for Black and Latinx Engineers Continue, Report Finds - ASCE

This article from ASCE builds upon the findings in the Georgetown University report with a specific focus on civil engineering. After summarizing important facts from the report, the author presents several solutions for increasing minority representation and reducing the pay gap in our field.


Report Finds Black Americans Face Huge Economic Disparities - CBS News

Shelly Stewart III is a partner at McKinsey, where he leads the Institute for Black Economic Mobility. In this interview with CBS news, he discusses the $220 billion annual wage gap between White and Blake Americans, and what can be done to address it, including improving access to loans for Black entrepreneurs, and improving representation in key industries.


Welcome to In The Gap - In the Gap

In this first episode of the podcast series, host Chandra Thomas Whitfield interviews a computer engineer, Aja, about her experiences with the salary gap and how it affected her career. The complete 12-episode series, which explores the pay gap and its effect on Black women, can be found here.


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

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