Civil and environmental engineering is integral to everyday life for all people in our society, from drinking water and sanitation to the homes we live in and the roads we take. However, with devastating recent examples such as lead contamination of drinking water in Flint, Michigan and the disproportionately high mortality rates of COVID-19 in communities of color, it is clear that the beneficial work of civil and environmental engineers is not always equitably distributed. This seminar series aims to bring innovative and dynamic speakers to discuss their work in connection to current issues of social justice in civil and environmental engineering. These challenges are often complex, and will be assessed from the perspectives of people from academia, policy, industry, nonprofits, and government. Through this series, we aim to challenge our CEE community and beyond to view topics from different lenses and find creative and people-focused solutions to great civil and environmental engineering problems of today.
Speakers will be from both within and outside of civil and environmental engineering and represent a variety of backgrounds and identities. The talk will be open to all members of the UMD community. A short section of the talk will be open for a personal reflection by the speaker on career path, challenges overcome, and strategies for success.
Please see the flyer for the first seminar event here: Inaugural CEE DEI Seminar 102021