Construction Inclusion Week
Construction Inclusion Week (CIW) harnesses the collective power of general contractors, specialty contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. The objective is to build awareness for the need to improve diversity and inclusion in the construction industry. What that really means is we are recognizing a challenge: the lack of diversity and inclusion in the construction industry. And, together with others in the industry, we are aiming to solve it. Approximately 5,000 firms are participating this year.
The goal we have during CIW is present year-round. It is felt in DPR’s central beliefs: Respect for the Individual and Change the World. CIW is designed to renew our commitment. It’s a chance to strengthen a sense of belonging and build a stronger culture of inclusivity.
Initially launched in 2021 as an industry-wide awareness initiative, CIW is now an established 501(c)(6) organization. Hear from some of DPR’s team members about inclusivity as we celebrate the third annual week.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
DPR is a home for everyone. Our vision is a workforce that reflects the rich diversity in the communities in which we live, work, serve, and build.
What does inclusive mean to you and how do you practice inclusivity?
“To me, being inclusive means having respect for individuals, forming genuine relationships and welcoming different points of views to be expressed regardless of whether you agree. One thing I do to practice inclusivity is to be my true, authentic self!”
Katie Gutzwiller | Project Manager
“To me, being inclusive means doing my part to ensure people around me feel safe – physically, and most importantly, psychologically. To practice inclusivity, at any gathering, I look around the room and if I get the sense that somebody is new or doesn’t know anybody or feels uncomfortable, I reach out and have a conversation and make sure they feel welcome and make sure they feel like they belong.”
Carlos Crabtree | Talent Leader
“To me, being inclusive means making people feel comfortable to be themselves; that their presence, ideas and perspectives have value, and they want to share them. One thing I do to practice inclusivity is continue to expose myself to new perspectives and different cultures. By doing this, I make fewer assumptions about people and become curious about them. Differences between people are something I learn from — I don’t view them as barriers. What makes life interesting is that we’re not all the same, but we all have things in common. Recognizing this fact is the basis for being inclusive.”
Harmen Rocklear | Marketing
“To me, being inclusive means being a family. As a member of an amazing household where I feel welcomed, there is nothing better than knowing you can go back and feel like home. Unswayed by any view or thought of the presence of differences, abstracts, or changes. It is always being home.
I don't really acknowledge when I practice inclusivity. I welcome everybody into my life as long as their qualities are that of an honest person.
My dad always spoke of his line of work at home, and even though he came back exhausted, never once has he said he regretted his decision of pursuing construction. I strive to be as proud of my job as my dad has shown himself to be.
The jobsite culture was so much greater than I expected. Everybody was as social as I've experienced before, the company events are always a must, and the spirit and energy are unmatched!”
Frida Silva | Intern, Summer 2023
“To me, being inclusive means respecting all individuals, whoever they are, whatever their story is. We are all here striving to make this world a better place, and the more we can listen to each of our authentic stories, the more we realize, that in the end, there is MUCH more in common with us than not. One thing I do to practice inclusivity is to actively talk about it: talk about the impact that inclusion would have on the people we see every day, talk about the challenges that a lack of inclusion creates, and talk about how we each feel as individuals when we feel seen and heard.”
Stephen Terni | Quality Leader
It can be as simple as asking someone their name and how they are doing.
Listen to a different perspective. You don’t have to change your views, but listen respectfully and engage in open dialogue.
Recognize your biases and take steps to mitigate them. We all have biases – it’s recognizing them and working to mitigate them that becomes critically important.
Posted on October 17, 2023
Last Updated October 12, 2023