SEAOC Call to Action
Friday, June 12, 2020
We are in a moment that highlights that our society is not functioning equally for all members of our community. Just as engineers must look beyond the structures we design to build communities in which society can live and thrive, we have a responsibility to address the impact of racism and inequality in our society and within our profession. To this end, today, we join our partners and colleagues in CASE/SEI/NCSEA and other regional and national structural engineering institutions in committing ourselves to meaningful and purposeful implementation of the actions outlined by the NCSEA Board of Directors.
- SEAOC will start by creating opportunities within our organization to proactively support local students in underrepresented groups find success in structural engineering,
- SEAOC will actively discuss and correct the impacts of the systemic issues that limit the advancement of our fellow engineers,
- SEAOC will continue to strive for increased diversity and inclusion in the structural engineering profession and in the leadership of our organizations.
These efforts will not be easy and will require collaboration with external partners. It is this very collaboration, that gives us hope in affirming our commitment to identify and address inequities in our profession and the communities we serve.
SEAOC Board of Directors
Rafael Sabelli, President
Ali Sadre, President-Elect
Joyce Fuss, Past President
Bradley T. Lowe, Treasurer
Janiele Maffei (Secretary)
Stacy Bartoletti, CASE President
Emily Guglielmo, NCSEA President
Glenn Bell, SEI President
As leading professional institutions of the structural engineering profession, we unequivocally denounce the senseless death of George Floyd. This and other tragic events of recent weeks have brought forth numerous stories from our members who have suffered discrimination, injustice, or intimidation, or have feared for their safety. We must identify and eradicate behaviors that perpetuate racism and inequality within our profession. We recognize change is everyone’s responsibility and that we will only succeed through sustained, collective action at individual, organizational, company, and societal levels. To this end CASE, NCSEA, and SEI will:
- work in unity and with our parent, member, and local organizations to engage our collective power to bring about real and lasting change;
- collaborate with other organizations outside our profession who are committed to ending racism and to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion;
- urge, support, and empower our members to speak out and act with conviction and courage; and
- ensure that we have open communication channels that allow all members of our structural engineering community to be informed and to be heard.
- Over the coming weeks and months, we will strengthen our existing programs for equity, diversity, and inclusion to accelerate progress to a just and safe environment for all members of our profession.
The NCSEA Board of Directors is committed to this joint Call to Action. In partnership with the state SEAs, NCSEA will:
- partner with CASE and SEI to form a joint committee to collaborate and coordinate on actions to improve equity and opportunity in our profession;
- encourage SEAs to endorse this message and adopt similar plans of action; compile and share resources for our members on the topics of racism, discrimination, and equality specific to the AEC industry, the design professions, and engineering;
- offer sensitivity and unconscious bias training to NCSEA and SEA membership;
- host an upcoming session about racism, discrimination, social justice, and structural engineering;
- examine and strive to increase the diversity of individuals involved in NCSEA and SEA leadership positions and committee activities;
- work with the NCSEA SE3 committee to report on additional dimensions of diversity in the profession and consider programs to commit to greater engagement and equity accordingly;
- fund a scholarship program for disadvantaged students;
- focus the NCSEA Students and Educators Subcommittee on advocacy efforts for disadvantaged individuals in the middle school and high school levels;
- develop a mentoring program for disadvantaged professionals;
- work with SEAs to engage with student chapters at the university level to increase the diversity of engagement in programs that lead to careers in structural engineering.
The NCSEA Board of Directors
Emily Guglielmo, NCSEA President
Ed Quesenberry, NCSEA Vice President
Ryan Kersting, Secretary
David Horos Treasurer
Jon Schmidt, Past President
Susie Jorgensen, Director
Richard Boggs, Director
Paul Rielly, Director
Eli Gottlieb, Director