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Read.Watch.Listen. How Our Architectural Counterparts Approach DEI in the Industry

September 2022 Issue

A monthly forum to share diversity, equity, and inclusion resources.

Welcome to the next installment of Read.Watch.Listen. This month, we explore how our architectural counterparts have been promoting DEI and racial diversity in the industry. The resources below offer ideas and lessons that structural engineers can incorporate into our pursuit of a more equitable industry. For more information and resources, consider visiting the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA’s) Equity Diversity Inclusion & Belonging page.

We’re also celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th to October 15th. Check out last year’s post here to learn more!

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Read.Watch.Listen is 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.

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


The Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry Shuts Out Minority Owned Businesses; CEO Deryl McKissack has a 7-Step Plan to Combat AEC's Systemic Racism - PRWeb

The CEO of McKissack & McKissack, Deryl McKissack, provides a multiple step plan to combat the lack of diversity in the AEC industry by actively addressing racism in the workforce and increasing opportunities for minority and women-owned enterprises (MWBEs).


Celebrating Pascale Sablan, FAIA | Winner, Whitney M. Young Jr. Award 2021 - AIA National

Civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr spoke at the 1968 AIA Convention and challenged AIA to embrace their social responsibilities and lead with progressive values. This speech has been a moral compass for the profession; the impact of the speech has been vast and included the formation of the yearly Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. The 2022 winner is Pascale Sablan, who is one of the youngest recipients of the award. In this video celebrating Pascale, her accomplishments and visions for the future are discussed.


Why Architects Should Be 'ALL In' for Diversity - The Journal of the American Institute of Architects

Kimberly Dowdell, who will become the first black woman president of AIA in 2024, discusses the importance of representation in architecture. At the time of this podcast, she was president of National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), and her “ALL” platform focused on the importance of Access, Leadership, and Legacy building for historically marginalized communities, particularly for Black architects.


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

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