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As a woman who happens to be a civil engineer, I am proud to be part of an organization that values diversity and inclusion. Given that April is Celebrate Diversity Month, I am curious to know others' thoughts on the importance of diversity and inclusion within our professional community.
Here's an interesting fill-in-the-blank: Diversity is important at the civil engineering workplace because ______________ …
What a task. Papers could be written on that one sentence. But to keep it short, diversity brings different view points, different attitudes, and different ideas, all of which makes us better at our jobs.
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As a woman who is a civil engineer, I too am proud to be part of an organization that values diversity and inclusion. Diversity is important at the civil engineering workplace because while each of us can engineer a solution to anything, without the synergy that comes from diverse perspectives, we're not necessarily going to engineer the right solution. Consideration of cultural impacts, the nuances that come from "turning the problem a quarter turn to the right", and potentially seeing the issue with new eyes only helps us create that third best idea - the one that really meets the objective. The work that we do, in creating the very foundation upon which our communities are built, demands that we bring a diverse team to the table, so that we consider the unique social, economic and environmental values, ensuring a sustainable future.
The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion 
Recruiting more women and minorities into the construction industry provides role models. Seeing other women and minorities within the industry helps promote a sense of belonging and inclusion.
There is a very real business case for these inclusion initiatives:
Most women score relatively high in social responsibility (the ability to work in teams), empathy, and interpersonal relationships. Most men score relatively high in self-regard, independence, and assertiveness.
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