Members of the LGBTQI+ community and their allies will have a united voice in the engineering industry thanks to a new group aiming to promote inclusion.
The independent industry group InterEngineer was launched in Sydney by Aurecon, Pride in Diversity and Engineers Australia and is designed to promote LGBTQI+ inclusion through networking and advocacy activities.
The launch of this group will allow for additional support and resources for the industry says Aurecon chief executive for Australia and New Zealand, Louise Adams.
“We have seen first-hand at Aurecon the benefits of encouraging an inclusive, supportive work environment where employees can be themselves and have their unique contribution heard and valued,” says Ms Adams.
“We know that the LGBTQI+ community is underrepresented in engineering and value this collaboration between Aurecon, other industry organisations and Engineers Australia, which demonstrates the passion for LGBTQI+ inclusion across the industry; and I am excited to see the benefits this partnership will deliver for both individuals and organisations.”
Dr Bronwyn Evans, Engineers Australia ceo, says organisations need to support and inspire unrepresented groups to achieve a culture of inclusivity.
“Initiatives such as InterEngineer serve to strengthen the engineering profession and uplift the LGBTQI+ community,” said Dr Evans.
“We want young people choosing a career to see engineering as a profession that will allow them to bring their true selves to work, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. That won’t happen unless organisations take meaningful and tangible steps to foster and celebrate diversity.”
InterEngineer is calling for expressions of interest from LGBTQI+ engineers and their allies who may be interested in joining the working group or general communities.
Register your interest at https://engineersaustralia.wufoo.com/forms/interengineer-group/