ACEC/MA formed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force as part of our local response to the ACEC National Strategic Plan. We've launched this DEI Resource Page as a place to provide links for tools and documents that may be helpful to you.
Request to Our Members: Our DEI Task Force is seeking your feedback on the challenges firms face in finding/hiring diverse candidates, training needed for your team, ways to create effective Employee Resource Groups or other needs, as well as topics you are seeking to explore with our engineering business community Please email us with your ideas, thoughts and challenges.
ACEC/MA is committed to maintaining an open environment where everyone is welcomed and not judged. We are taking an in-depth look at our association to make sure we provide an environment where all can freely and safely share ideas and where we can all grow from the diversity of our organization. We stand in solidarity against systematic racial injustice. We value our members and colleagues. We stand against racism in all forms.
In response to the many issues we've already heard about from some of our members, here are some resources to assist you and your firm:
Activating Bystanders to Address Workplace Microaggressions
(Resources from 10/2022 ACEC/MA DEI Forum)
Mosquito video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ9l7y4UuxY.
|How to Embrace Your Child's Gender Transition||
TEDX Talk from Fall 2022 from Jen Rodstrom: A very real look at what it means to raise a gender non-conforming child in a warm and loving environment. It started with a child realizing that their gender didn’t fit the way it did for other kids. With vulnerability and tenderness a mother shares how she and her family navigated the complex journey of advocating for their transgender child with unconditional love, parental acceptance and guidance, and a supportive community.
Has a weekly email called 5 Ally Actions
|New York Times Magazine - The 1619 Project||
Note: This may be behind NYT paywall, but it's an incredible resource. We also recommend The 1619 Project Book
5 Strategies for Creating an Inclusive Workplace - Harvard Business Review, 1/13/2020
|Strategies for Developing a Respectful, Diverse, and Inclusive Workplace Culture||
ACEC National Course Started 10/13/21
Strategies for Developing a Respectful, Diverse, and Inclusive Workplace Culture
Employers are under significant scrutiny for the environment that exists in their workplaces. In recent years, #MeToo, systemic racism, gender inequality, generational differences, and negative behaviors in the workplace have posed enormous challenges for managers that, if ignored, can result in lack of engagement, attrition, and lawsuits.
Strategies for Developing a Respectful, Diverse, and Inclusive Workplace Culture is designed to help those in management positions learn how to address these challenges by developing a culture of respect and inclusion.
When respect thrives in the workplace, so does an engaged staff committed to excellence.
4 steps diversity and inclusion consultants recommend for hiring more Black and brown employees - and keeping them long term
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|Strategies for Developing a Respectful, Diverse, and Inclusive Workplace Culture
ACEC Course, January 25 - February 19, 2021
More info and Registration for this ACEC national course:
|Some Anti-racism resources||https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/edit|
|Just the FACTS by Factuality web page||ACEC/MA offered this awareness program to our members on 10/30/2020. To learn more about this program, currently available virtually (under Covid times), go to: https://www.factualitythegame.com/|
Young Professional Series: A Case Study Implementing D&I (Live Online Class) - September 15, 2020
From ACEC National
$50 Members | $75 Non-Members, 90 Day Subscription ($50.00)
Credit PDH Credits:1.0
By registering for this webinar, you confirm that you are under the age of 35 years old or have been in the industry for less than 10 years.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern)
|From ACEC National: Strategies for Developing a Respectful, Diverse, and Inclusive Workplace Culture, October 12-November 19, 2020||
ACEC National Offers a Four-Week Online Course: “Strategies for Developing a Respectful, Diverse, and Inclusive Workplace Culture”
|Tool from ACEC National:||Implicit Association Test - Take the Test - Project Implicit https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html|
|ACEC/MA Sessions:||From ACEC/MA's 2/26/20 Program: Creating Workplace Community: Actionable Steps to Embrace Inclusion & Diversity – Link to presentation|
|ACEC National information:||Diversity & Inclusion Keys to Success & Lessons Learned, from DPC DIVERSITY & INCLUSION WORKING GROUP | MARCH 2020|
|Strategic Work Plan|
|ACEC Podcast: The Power of Diversity in the Workplace https://acecnational.podbean.com/e/the-power-of-diversity-in-the-workplace/|
|ACEC National Education: Sampling of some past webinars. NOTE: You will need an ACEC National Login and Password to view these at the ACEC National Member Rate, if applicable (for all Full Member Firms):||
Inclusion, Culture, & Belonging 102 (1/28/2020): https://education.acec.org/diweb/catalog/item?id=4834394
Diversity, Inclusion, & Dividends 101 (12/12/2019): https://education.acec.org/diweb/catalog/item?id=4821618
Diversity & Inclusion: Lessons Learned and Program Examples, 7/29, 1:30 - 2:30 PM, Speakers: Panel of HR engineering firm professionals (ACEC Live Online Class - No fee)
Diversity & Inclusion Keys to Success: DPCs Playbook on ACEC Firms' Best Practices 8/12, 1:30 - 2:30 PM, Speakers: Doug McKeown, CEO, Chair, Woodard & Curran; Lisa Robert, Exec VP, R&SH; and Mike Carragher, CEO, VHB (ACEC Live Online Class - No fee)
Unconscious Bias: Best Practices for Managing and Hiring 8/25, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
More about the ACEC/MA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force:
Diversity Equity and Inclusion:
GOAL: ACEC/MA acknowledges the systemic oppression and racism of our country’s history and strives to be recognized as a welcoming organization where all members feel included, involved and can achieve their full potential.
Vision: ACEC/MA is committed to maintaining an open environment where everyone is welcomed and not judged. We are taking an in-depth look at our association to make sure we provide an environment where all can freely and safely share ideas and where we can all grow from the diversity of our organization. We stand in solidarity against systematic racial injustice. We value our members and colleagues. We stand against racism in all forms.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion:
ACEC/MA Actions to date:
ACEC/MA members only pay the ACEC/MA member rate for registration. Check the ACEC/MA Member Directory to see if your firm is an ACEC/MA member. If your firm is an ACEC/MA member, you are a member.
Important: You must use the account, including the username and password, of the individual you wish to register.
IMPORTANT: Altering your name or contact information during registration will overwrite your record in our membership database. Please do not share your login information with anyone else.
If you have additional questions regarding registration, contact us at 617/227-5551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is processed through the ACEC/MA associated website, www.engineers.org. ACEC/MA is supported by the staff of The Engineering Center Education Trust.