November 2018 November 2018 - Page 9

Region 1 Spring Assembly – Saratoga Springs “Is Equal Always Fair?” By: Sarah Dinwoodie The Region 1 Fall Assembly was held in Saratoga Springs, NY from September 28-30 th . It was great to see familiar faces and reacquaint myself with the structure of ASCE National. We gathered in the hotel conference room at 7:30am Saturday morning and started the assembly off with the usual business – approving minutes, hearing from the treasurer, and revisiting ASCE’s vision, mission and goals to help remind us why we are all here. Director of Region 1, Anthony Cioffi discussed some recent ASCE Initiatives including “Dream Big”, infrastructure report card, and Canon 8. “Dream Big” was extremely successful and surprisingly profitable for ASCE. Director Cioffi also summarized the recent Board of Directors meeting where 6 new goals and 44 strategies were developed. The goals included the creation of new committees for revenue generation, governing documents (re-branding “Raise the Bar”), Raise the Bar, and student competitions. The assemblies usually combine presentations from various speakers, a presentation from a local student chapter, and breakout sessions to brainstorm ways to improve Region 1. The Bigger Picture For those of you who may not know, ASCE is made up of 75 Sections (NH being one), 158 Branches (no branches in NH), and 105 Younger Member Groups (UNH). During the assemblies we get the opportunity, as representatives of our respective chapter to meet the Governors who represent our region. New Hampshire is part of Region 1, which also includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and now provinces in Canada. Photo Credit: Map of ASCE Region 1 ASCE Canon 8 and Climate Change: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Civil Engineering Dr. Yvette E. Pearson, Ph.D, P.E.F, gave a presentation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and how that relates to ASCE Canon 8. Dr. Pearson discussed the necessary components of an inclusive work place including having a diverse workforce, creating a culture and climate of inclusion, and practicing equity. Diverse workforce - Having a functional, diverse workforce requires creating a sustainable model, not just increase numbers. Culture and Climate of Inclusion - Employ people because of their experience and what they bring to the table, not just boxes they check (female, minority, disabled, etc.) Equity - Be fair. This differs from equality. What really hit home, was when Dr. Pearson included stories and examples that