AISC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Anyone who's worked on a team knows that diversity makes us better.
A wealth of different experiences and backgrounds makes for a great final result! Equity, diversity, and inclusion make our industry stronger and smarter, but it can be hard to pull more chairs up to the proverbial table. AISC has compiled some resources to help you think about bringing more voices into the conversation.
Bridges to Prosperity
Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) is a nonprofit organization that builds footbridges in isolated communities across the world. It's something we're particularly proud to support because it gets to the heart of what bridges are all about: connecting people.
Since 2016, NSBA-led Bridges to Prosperity projects have connected some 4,300 people to schools, health care, and markets.
In February, NSBA and Bridges to Prosperity built a 62-m suspension bridge in Rwanda--NSBA's fourth such project and the first Bridges to Prosperity project in Rwanda! They built the Munini Trail Bridge, largely by hand, in only 10 days. NSBA led a delegation representing various DOTs, bridge design consultants, and AISC/NSBA members to connect a community of 2,600 people to schools, health care, and markets.
One of this year’s Steel Design Student Competition winners, Ron Patanavin, and his faculty advisor, Thomas Fowler IV, discuss the iterative process of transforming a decommissioned offshore oil rig into a cultural center.
Grady Harvell has been a driving force in Arkansas’ steel industry, as well as in bringing a structural research lab to the state’s flagship university.
Remember when computers weren’t ubiquitous in engineering offices? Allen Adams does. And it led him to help create design software with the ultimate goal of letting engineers be engineers.
Vincent Yee Foo Lai and Douglas Lee, this year's Forge Prize winners, discuss their Common Sky concept, which has the potential to take urban housing projects to new heights, both figuratively and literally.
AEC industry non-profits focusing on equity, diversity, and inclusion:
|Arab American Association of Engineers & Architects||NAMEPA - National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates||She Built This City|
|Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) - Culture of CARE||National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)||SHPE - Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers|
|Association of Women in the Metals Industry||National Black Contractors Association||Skilled Trade Coalition|
|Build Out Alliance||NOMA - National Organization of Minority Architects||SWE - Society of Women Engineers|
|BuildOUT California||NOME - National Organization of Minority Engineers||WIA - Women in Architecture|
|Chicago Women in the Trades/Tradeswomen Taskforce||NSBE - National Society of Black Engineers||WiSE - Women in Structural Engineering|
|Engineers Rising||oSTEM||Women's Transportation Seminar|
|EqxD - Equity By Design/AIA||Qu-AKE - Queer Advocacy and Knowledge Exchange|
|IMPACT/Ironworkers International||SE3 – Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity/NCSEA|