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Rescheduled: SEAoNY Diversity Committee Summer Seminar Series: Session 3

  • 02 Sep 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar
  • 346


  • Zoom Link will be sent directly from Zoom
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  • If you are an NCSEA member or member of any other SEA please request code.

    Zoom Link will be sent directly from Zoom
  • Zoom Link will be sent directly from Zoom.

SEAoNY Diversity Committee Summer Seminar Series

Conversations on Racism for Built Environment Professionals

September 2nd 2020

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Zoom Webinar Platform

Registration closes 2:00 pm Sept 1, 2020

This 3-part series is designed to educate our membership, provide policies and practices to support anti-racism, and promote diversity in our profession. 

Session 3: Towards an Anti-Racist Profession; Policies and Practices for Employers and Employees


In this session, leaders in AEC will share policies and practices for opposing racism and promoting racial tolerance in the workplace and beyond. 

At the start of the session, NCSEA Director and Managing Principal at Thornton Tomasetti, Eli Gottlieb will share information on the joint CASE/NCSEA/SEI task force formed as part of a Call to Action to address inequity in our profession.

Find past session recordings and slides here


Joyce Engebretsen is a principal and the US Operations Director for Buro Happold. A licensed Professional Engineer, she has more than 20 years of experience managing multi-office organizations and complex international projects. She is responsible for all internally focused operations of the business including project finances and resourcing, legal/risk management and systems implementation.

Previously, Joyce was a Managing Engineer who specialized in structural solutions to mitigate blast effects for clients such as the U.S. Department of State and General Services Administration. Joyce is an expert in the profession, having spoken at national industry conferences and has authored several publications focused on blast design. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

Latoya Nelson Kamdang is the Director of Operations of NYC for Moody Nolan Inc., Registered Architect, Certified Interior Designer, and LEED AP BD+C. Her experience spans architecture, planning, exhibit design, industrial and interior design. As a U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar, she spent a year in Taiwan researching and teaching at National Taiwan University on the architecture of indigenous cultures as well as military settlements. As a practitioner, she has been simultaneously working as a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute. She educates students on interdisciplinary design and material theory. Latoya earned a Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania School of Design as well as a Certificate in Real Estate Design & Development from the Wharton School of Business. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Georgetown University.

Shannon Rodriguez, LEED GA, is Human Resources Director at FXCollaborative, an architecture, interiors, and planning design firm based in New York City. With over 15 years of experience, she is responsible for performance management, mentoring and training programs, employee relations, recruiting, staffing, and benefits administration. Shannon is also responsible for the firm’s internship program, providing opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds, and has been instrumental in establishing FXCollaborative’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. As a member of the AIA Large Firm Round Table, Shannon takes part in cross-industry dialogue about the future of architecture, delving into the nuts and bolts of benefits as well as affirmative action and recruiting. Shannon is an advocate for all employees to foster and strengthen our community of vibrant and diverse voices.

Registration closes 2:00 pm September 1, 2020

Zoom Link will be sent anytime between 3:00 pm on September 1, 2020 to 11:30 am on September 2, 2020 directly from Zoom.

SEAoNY members and NCSEA/SEA members registration is free

Non-members registration is $15



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