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.

Elevate Reception at NASCC: The Steel Conference

Thanks to all who attended the Elevate Reception!

We hope you were inspired by all of the amazing work AEC industry non-profits are doing to focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Did you miss the 2024 Elevate Reception? Read our recap of the event in the NASCC Newsroom.

Stay tuned for information about the 2025 Elevate Reception in Louisville, Ky.!

Thank you to our 2024 Elevate Reception Sponsors


W&W|AFCO Steel

Event DJ


Dessert + Sparkling Wine Bar



Larson Engineering            NCSEA       Procore      Steel Dynamics, Inc.


ACT Metal Deck Supply    Degenkolb      IMPACT/Iron Workers

Ruby + Associates          SteelPlus      Taylor Devices

Partners for Change

AL Tech            Bendco      Cast Connex      Cohen Seglias

Exact Detailing        GWY      Harley Ellis Devereaux      Linq

SE U          Wiss Janney Elstner            TUV Rheinland          Wiss Janney Elstner


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 June 2023, NSBA and Bridges to Prosperity built a 120-m bridge in Gihororo, Rwanda--NSBA's fifth such project and our second Bridges to Prosperity project in Rwanda! The team built the trail bridge, largely by hand, in only two weeks.

Voices of the Industry

You can find more interviews with remarkable people in the Modern Steel Construction Field Notes podcast.

David Odeh

Making His Own Name

David J. Odeh's father helped steer him into engineering and to the family company, where he has become a widely respected voice in his own right.

Mark Holland

Veteran Voice

Four decades into his career, prominent fabrication engineer Mark Holland’s first employer remains his only employer.

Rob Connor

Bridge Authority

Rob Connor has helped make Purdue University a leader in steel bridge research.

John Schuepbach

Connecting the Dots

John Schuepbach links people from all corners of the North American structural steel industry.

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