Civil engineering is everywhere, impacting all people and societies. Today’s engineers are called to build and design infrastructure for the increasingly diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities of tomorrow. In ASCE’s new video series, DEI Best Practices, engineers discuss the relationship between DEI and the civil engineering profession. DEI Best Practices is brought to you by funding from the United Engineering Foundation.

As the world becomes more diverse, the civil engineering profession must mirror that. This does not simply mean seeking professionals who have been historically underrepresented in the workforce. While this is essential to creating a more diverse and inclusive team, transforming the profession must start before individuals set out on their careers. It begins at the educational level.

Children and young adults truly are the future of civil engineering.

Attracting and including people of various backgrounds, cultures, and identities in the educational pipeline is critical to maintaining and sustaining a competitive advantage in the global economy. This not only helps grow the profession, but also our communities, as the development of the built environment is reflective of those who create it.

In the first part of this series, experts examine the best practices in expanding and reimagining the K-12 STEM pipeline and university systems to better prepare the next generation of engineers.