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How professional engineers can contribute to attraction and retention of minority groups into the engineering profession through equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization efforts

Written by: Jessica Vandenberghe
Published on: May 19, 2023

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Diversity leads to innovation, better project delivery efficiency, and improved quality management in terms of technical engineering work. Current statistics show that there is still underrepresentation of minority groups such as females in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, implying that diversity amongst engineering companies and within the profession is still low.

In order to support diversity within the engineering workforce, inclusivity and equitable practices are key to encourage attraction and retention, along with understanding decolonization. Professional engineers have an ethical obligation to contribute both through personal and professional development of skills that will build inclusive organizational cultures and to influence equitable policies and practices.

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