Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Please read the ASCE Statement on Unity, provided June 2020. 

Founded in 2013, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee strives to bring awareness to the many different types of diversity within our Section and the civil engineering community in general. We work to promote diversity through partnerships with other organizations, unique diversity events and seminars, and the inclusion of the "Diversity Minute" at Section events.  

The Pittsburgh Section is the proud recipient of the National Award for Diversity and Inclusion for both 2015 and 2016!

 We are currently seeking a new chair and interested committee members.  IF you would like to get involved, please contact Section President, Johnathan Shimko.      

Little Architects and Engineers Workshop

May 13, 2017 11am-2pm | For ages 8-11 | Free

Inspired by the fabulous books “Iggy Peck, Architect” and “Rosie Revere, Engineer”, written by Andrea Beaty, we will create some sculptures and structures and contraptions of our own! Working with STEAM topics, we’ll learn and play together! Click here for more information.


October 27, 2016 6pm | all ages | Free

Join TEDxPittsburgh and TEDxPittsburghWomen for a live simulcast of the opening session of TED Women.

TED speakers from all walks of life will share ideas related to the It's About Time theme. After streaming the opening session of talks happening in San Francisco, a panel discussion of local women leaders will share reactions to the talks, and share forward thinking for our local community.

The event is free, but registration is required. Alloy 26 100 S Commons St. Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Women’s Roundtable Luncheon with Christy Uffelman

Thursday, May 26 at ESWP

Moderated by Amy Veltri, President of NGE

11:30 arrival & networking

12:00 Noon Lunch, followed by presentation

Cost $20.00 for ESWP members; $30.00 for non-members; $15 for Government employees

Click here to make your reservation

About our Guest…

Christy Uffelman facilitates knowledge transfer through peer learning, coaching emerging leaders to design the career path (and life) of their dreams.

Christy has facilitated peer learning and coached leaders for almost a decade, helping them align talent strategy with business strategy. Christy launched the east coast office of Align Leadership in 2013 centering on women’s leadership development and Millennial/Gen Y initiatives – helping organizations like FedEx Ground, CONSOL Energy and Eat’n’Park engage and develop their emerging talent pipeline. On the cusp of the Millennial generation herself, Christy brings credibility and passion to organizations that want to better understand and leverage their young talent.

Christy’s passion is leadership development through cohort-based learning and this work earned her most recently the 2014 Woman of Achievement Award as well as the 2012 ATHENA Young Professional and YWCA Young Leader of the Year Awards. In 2008, the Association of General Contractors honored Christy’s innovative talent initiatives with their national Education Excellence Award. The Pittsburgh Human Resources Association awarded her work with the 2011 People Do Matter Award for excellence in learning and development, and in 2012, the Pittsburgh Business Times recognized Christy with their Human Resources Leadership Award.

A TED Speaker and NPR Millennial resource, Christy grew up in the City of Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a B.A. in both Psychology and in Corporate Communication. She is a board certified ontological coach from Newfield and a certified Master Human Capital Strategist from the Human Capital Institute. Christy lives in Mt. Lebanon with her husband, Kevin, their two “kids”: a 12 year old daughter, Elaina, and a 2 year old white German Shepherd puppy named Theo. 

March 8th is International Women's Day!

TechShop Pittsburgh is celebrating by offering FREE classes to all women on Tuesday, March 8th.

Want to learn how to use a laser cutter or run a milling machine? Try your hand at woodshop tools, welding, or a CNC embroiderer? How about 3D scanning and editing or moldmaking and casting? Almost every class taking place at TechShop on Tuesday, March 8th, qualifies! You MUST call the front desk (412) 345-7182 or come into the shop to register. The front desk is open from 8:30am to 10pm. The shop is open to members from 8am to 1am.

New Survey Results on Diversity in Pittsburgh - Read more here.


  Calling all Role Models!

  As an engineer or engineering student, YOU are a powerful role model. In just   a single visit you can inspire and introduce girls to this exciting career path.

  Sign-up as a Girl Day role model! We will provide you with the tips, tools and     resources you need to bring out the engineer in every girl.

Participate in Vibrant Pittsburgh’s Community Diversity Survey

“U.S. Census Bureau employment and household data shows that Pittsburgh’s regional workforce is failing to keep pace with metropolitan America in nearly every measure of diversity and inclusion in industries across southwestern Pennsylvania, including energy, education, manufacturing, and healthcare.

Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Regional Workforce Diversity Indicators Project would like to encourage you to participate in a region-wide survey to gain a better understanding of how its residents view, understand and experience key diversity-related issues in the workplace and the community.

This voluntary survey will leverage the results to develop a series of best practice tools that will help our region attract, engage, onboard, and retain diverse talent. We are confident that the survey will help us as a region learn how to make Greater Pittsburgh a place that’s welcoming to all and continues to build the workforce we need for a successful future.” 

Survey can be found here: http://vibrantpittsburgh.org/welcome/communitysurvey/ 

Meet the Commander of NAVFAC

Opportunity to meet with the Commander and Chief of Civil Engineers for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Rear Admiral Katherine Gregory. She will be speaking about her career as a female engineer as well as the impact of the Navy today in general terms.  Her bio can be found here: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=589

Please join us Wednesday, August 19th at 6:30 pm at the Engineer’s Society of Western PA for this fantastic opportunity! 

What: Meet Commander of NAVFAC, Rear Admiral Katherine Gregory

When: Wednesday, August 19th

Time: 6:30 pm (Registration and Networking at 6 pm)

Where: Engineer’s Society of Western PA, 337 Fourth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Cost:      $30 (Can be paid at event)

Meal Options (Please indicate in RSVP):

1) Chicken Margherita with fire roasted tomato, basil, and buffalo mozzarella

2) Farfalle Pasta with porfini mushrooms and tomato basil cream sauce (Vegetarian Option)

(Includes rolls, butter, tossed salad, vegetable du jour, starch, coffee service, iced tea, and chef’s choice of dessert; Cash Bar Available)

 RSVP: Tiffany Reed, tiffany.reed@merrick.com by COB Friday, August 14.


Not all engineers look the same.  Check out one way that diversity in our field is being highlighted here

Mayor Peduto Releases Plans to Diversify Pittsburgh

Post Gazette article June 2015.  Read it Here.

ESWP Magazine Highlights Women in Engineering

The Spring 2015 issue of the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania focused on women in engineering through-out the region. Several ASCE Section members were profiled.  Check out the full issue online here

Pittsburgh Near Bottom in U.S. Diversity Rankings 

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette published an article in May 2015 on diversity in Pittsburgh.  Read the article here.

Inclusion Best Practices Series - Diversity & Inclusion Results: Measurements, Metrics and Accountability

Wednesday, April 8
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Historic Lawrence Hall, Point Park University, Downtown Pittsburgh
Cost: $50; Vibrant Pittsburgh Employer Members are allotted a certain number of complimentary registrations; and discounts are available to Pittsburgh Human Resource Association Members.
More information and registration
Please contact Silvia Boselli with any questions at (412) 281-8600 x206 or silviab@vibrantpittsburgh.org

Featuring Bruce D. Murphy, Executive Vice President Head of Corporate Responsibility KeyCorp

At the upcoming Inclusion Best Practices Series, Bruce will discuss the holistic and integrated approach that KeyBank has taken to drive diversity and inclusion results. He will share with attendees KeyBank’s (a) D&I strategy, (b) how his team measures results and ensures alignment between activities and strategic objectives, and (c) what accountability approaches KeyBank uses to improve D & I outcomes. Attendees should come prepared for an engaging conversation with Bruce and to learn alternative ways to affect their organizations’ diversity and inclusion objectives.

Sustainable Pittsburgh - Diversity Events

Two talks being given Friday, March 20th, 2015 at the O'Hara Student Center, 4024 O’Hara Street, University of Pittsburgh.  RSVP to either or both talks by e-mailing gspiaji@pitt.edu or calling (412) 648-1336

Women in Leadership - Milestones and Challenges - 2:00-3:30pm

Panelists include 

  • Barbara Mistick, President, Wilson College (Moderator)
  • Marisa Bartley, Executive Director of the PNC YMCA
  • Müge Finkel, Assistant Professor of International Development, GSPIA
  • Terry Miller, Director, Institute of Politics, University of Pittsburgh
  • Lourdes Sanchez Ridge, Esq. , Pittsburgh Solicitor, Chief Legal Officer

Breakthrough Leadership in Global Responsibility - 4:00-6:00pm, presented by Sandra Taylor, President and CEO, Sustainable Business International, the 2015 Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership Exemplary Leadership Award honoree.

Fighting For Our Future: Empowering Women around the World

Special Screening of Sweet Dreams and Panel Discussion
Thursday, March 26
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm (Doors will open at 4:30 pm)
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, 305 Wood Street, Downtown Pittsburgh
Seating is limited and registration is required.
There is no charge for this event. Refreshments are included.
*****To register, visit www.worldpittsburgh.org or call (412) 281-7970

In recognition of International Women’s Day, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and have joined together, for the fifth year in a row, to celebrate women’s economic empowerment both locally and globally.

In 1994, Rwanda suffered a brutal genocide that left over a million dead and an entire country scarred by a tragedy that causes pain to this day. The documentary Sweet Dreams follows Rwanda’s only all-female drumming group as they use ice cream to break down barriers left by the genocide and create a new future for themselves. With the help of two American entrepreneurs, the group opens “Sweet Dreams,” the country’s first ice cream shop. Along the way, the women are empowered economically, while facing the challenges and opportunities associated with starting a business from the ground up. Attend a special screening of Sweet Dreams and a discussion that will center on this important topic. What role do women play in areas of conflict? How can this community do more to empower women? Following the screening, a panel of local experts and community members will discuss the film, genocide, and the importance of women’s empowerment, drawing from both personal and professional experiences. Audience members will have the opportunity to hear from each panelist and ask questions during a moderated Q&A discussion.

Celebrate Diversity - March 31st, 8:30am - 12:00pm 

Join the Master Builders Association for Meet the Master Builders 2015!
A Day Established to Benefit Minority, Women & Veteran-Owned Companies!

Make plans to attend this meet-n-greet where you will:

  • Build relationships with area commercial general contractors and prime contractors.
  • Learn about upcoming construction projects to bid on.
  • Find out about existing resources that can help your business.

Event to be held at:

Hill House Kaufmann Center
1835 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

For more information and to register click here.

The Diversity Minute is an opportunity to remind everyone to consider the importance of diversity and inclusion in our daily activities.  By sharing a quote at various section events we are able to provide this reminder more regularly.  Quotes will change monthly and we hope will spark new conversation. 

"While the holidays are often a time to catch one of year's big blockbuster films, a study released by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative (MDSCI) at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism demonstrated that diversity on the big screen falls far below that of the U.S. population.  The study found individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups comprise just over a quarter (26%) of all speaking characters.  Researchers assessed every word spoke for more than 25,000 characters from top grossing films released in 2007 to 2013."

 "Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without."
             -William Sloane Coffin Jr quotes

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