Infrastructure Week and the Glasgow Climate Change Conference reminded me of the testimonies this summer regarding infrastructure and climate change, which comprise most of the issue. They are intended to be “food for thought” for the membership. AAWE does not take any official positions on governmental decisions or policies.
At our recent meeting, the AAWE Board approved the following Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy Statement drafted by Dr. Catherine Gorle:
AAWE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy
AAWE aims to promote an inclusive environment, providing equal opportunities to a diverse community of different backgrounds, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, and national origin. We believe collaboration is key to innovation in wind engineering, where ideas are shared across multidisciplinary and multicultural platforms and each person’s unique skills and abilities are considered valuable contributions.
As AAWE, our mission to mitigate wind damage through engineering is inextricably tied with socio-economic and environmental justice issues. It is our collective duty to educate ourselves about the historical and current inequities that cause some groups to be underrepresented and undervalued in, as well as underserved by, our community.
We encourage our members to actively contribute to prioritizing the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their local communities.
The next edition of the newsletter will focus on performance-based design with articles written by Drs. Don Scott, Teng Wu and Seymour Spence.
Please contact me at [email protected] if you have any articles, news or suggestions for the future.
Take care and stay safe.
With best wishes,