Aurecon, Pride in Diversity and Engineers Australia have jointly launched a new community in Sydney to promote LGBTQI+ inclusion in engineering. Interengineer will be an independent industry group designed to promote LGBTQI+ inclusion through networking and advocacy activities, says the media release.
The group’s formation would allow for additional support and resources towards the engineering community, says Aurecon Chief Executive, 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 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.”
To foster a culture of inclusivity, Engineers Australia Chief Executive Officer, Dr Bronwyn Evans, says that organisations need to support underrepresented groups.
“Initiatives such as Interengineer serve to strengthen the engineering profession and uplift the LGBTQI+ community,” says 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.”
LGBTQI+ engineers and their allies who may be interested in joining Interengineer’s working group or general communities, can register their interest here.