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“The recent murders of Breonna Taylor, Riah Milton, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others have sparked large protests and brought renewed focus to the systemic racism that Black Americans face across the United States. We, as members of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) community at University of Michigan (UM), grieve with those horrified by these tragedies and echo the calls for justice for people victimized by racism and police brutality across this country.”
This excerpt comes from an open letter penned by student and postdoc leaders of our community that has reinvigorated departmental efforts and commitment to address diversity, equity and inclusion in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department.
Change starts from within. The CEE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee recognizes a need to end the cycle of racism and social injustice that has particularly affected Black Americans. The committee will work to create a community (students, postdocs, staff and faculty) that is united behind addressing this need through self-reflection, awareness, education, opportunities and advocacy leading to a greater and equitable voice in the discipline of Civil and Environmental to diverse identities.
The Civil and Environmental Engineering disciplines play a vital role in people’s lives, perhaps with greater reach than any other engineering discipline. It is of utmost importance to ensure equity and justice for all within the disciplines and to welcome the experiences and knowledge that come with diverse identities.
The CEE DEI Committee will lead the department in acknowledging ways that civil and environmental infrastructure can perpetuate social and environmental injustices, and highlighting ways that our disciplines can contribute to a more equitable future. The Committee will create, maintain and implement a roadmap toward ensuring racial and social equity within the department, its curriculum and its programming. It will hold the members of the department accountable for progress along the roadmap via a continual, transparent evaluation process. The Committee’s ultimate goal is a culture of tolerance, acceptance and respect that spans our students, postdocs, staff and faculty.
The committee has identified six broad categories to guide the department’s DEI efforts. This is just the beginning of the roadmap process:
At this time, the committee asks the CEE community for feedback and ideas related to DEI in the department, as well as specific feedback on the roadmap. Please use this anonymous feedback form. We hope to hear from as many people as possible, especially while we are in the early stages of developing these efforts.
Find contact information for committee members and learn what the committee is working on.Updates from the CEE DEI Committee »
Looking for more ways to engage? Check out all the upcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion events in the College of Engineering.View DEI events in engineering »