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Region 1 Spring Assembly – Saratoga Springs “Is Equal Always Fair?” By: Sarah Dinwoodie demonstrated the subconscious biases people carry with them every day. When talking about what it means to create a culture and climate of inclusion, Dr. Pearson shared a story of a conversation she had with a coworker. Her coworker said to her that she had the most secure job. When Dr. Pearson asked why her coworker felt that way, they responded because she is female, African American, and disabled – she checks all the boxes. Dr. Pearson replied “and here I thought it was because of my qualifications”. Ways that we can prevent biases in hiring: • • • Bias training Identify and remove biases Use inclusive language Bias in Advancement Opportunities – Biases in advancement can be the result of assuming your interest and assigning you different tasks based on that assumption. Ways that we can prevent advancement opportunities: • • • • • biases in Equal pay for equal work Fair, consistent expectations Meaningful job assignments Diversity in leadership Workplace culture and turnover Pay Inequality – One of the most common examples of pay inequality is employers who do not want to pay women as much as men because they do not feel women will spend as much time working as men – specifically when it comes to having a family and raising children. Ways that we can prevent pay inequality • Equal pay for equal work ASCE Canon 8 Photo Credit: Dr. Yvette E. Pearson, Ph.D., P.E.F Barriers to Workforce Diversity There are many barriers to workforce diversity. The top three we discussed were bias in hiring, bias in advancement opportunities, and pay inequality. Bias in Hiring – Did you know statistically people with ethnic sounding names get approximately 50% less calls for interviews? In a study that compared potential employees with the names “Greg” and “Emily” versus “Jamal” and “Keisha”, Jamal and Keisha got 50% less calls. ASCE has added an eighth canon to the Code of Ethics. Canon 8 calls fair treatment for all persons. Canon 8 states: “Engineers shall, in all matters related to their profession, treat all persons fairly and encourage equitable participation without regard to gender or gender identity, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, or family, marital, or economic status.” Canon 8 supports ASCE’s vision to be global leaders building a better quality of life.