Florida International University
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and/or Inclusion in Engineering means: that all individuals have an equal chance, access, and treatment within the community!
Chief Diversity Office, Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and/or Inclusion in Engineering means: Working in engineering for me makes sense, as engineers have the ability to build systems. These systems are used to either build – or oppress communities. The water crisis in Flint, Michigan shows that engineers can both be villains and heroes in our stories. Engineers can create healthy water purification systems to save communities in peril when called upon. they can also set all of this into motion by simply bypassing safety procedures in the beginning processes to the detriment of countless people. The easy road is providing water testing kits and bottled water to residents. But social justice and anti-racism requires more. It means creating clean water systems, with the inability to bypass because of cost cutting measures. It means infusing ethics in the design process. It means consulting those who are in the community about their needs to ensure that in altruistic effort to do good, we don’t do more harm.
Associate Director, Assessment & Retention Projects
Assistant Professor in Residence & Associate Director, Engineering Diversity and Outreach Center
University of Connecticut
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and/or Inclusion in Engineering means: that at all levels (systemic, institutional, programmatic, and individual), every person feels seen, heard, and safe. Every person should have equal access to opportunity, with equitable support structures and networks if necessary. Every person should feel like they can thrive if they choose to as an engineer. There are efforts sometimes that just scratch the surface of ‘trying to be diverse’ such as inviting diverse people to the table. It isn’t enough to invite diversity to the table if the seat is at the perimeter, and their role is to just listen or appreciate the invitation. The table needs to be expanded, power needs to be distributed, and all voices need to be amplified.
Assistant Professor of Instruction
The University of Texas at El Paso
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in engineering mean so much to me! I believe that achieving this in engineering is a reflection of where we are as a society and whether and who we value and embrace ALL people. The part in the Oath of the Engineer that speaks to me is the obligation is ‘to serve humanity by making use of Earth’s precious wealth.’ That precious wealth includes our interactions with each other and insisting on treating one another with respect, love and kindness regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender identity. Each one of us has a responsibility for leading the table.
President and CEO
Charis Consulting Group, LLC
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and/or Inclusion in Engineering mean to be seen, heard, and respected in my field of study.
Texas State University
To me Justice, Equity, and Inclusion in Engineering means providing equal access to leadership, mentorship, jobs, academic and collaborative opportunities for all. In addition, justice equity, and inclusion also means placing value on and respecting the education, goals, values, skills, and interests each Engineer brings to their respective career path, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or institution attended.