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They Crossed So We Could Flourish

September 7, 2021

I’m a Hispanic male, but I often find myself forgetting that. I was reading Alicia Washington’s article from last year, and I thought to myself, “Yep, uh-huh, oh me, too!”—particularly the parts where she shared Read More

SMPS Member Kim Pipkin

August 17, 2021

In our member spotlight, Kim Pipkin takes time out of her busy day to chat with SMPS. Kim is founder/principal of Black Kite Consulting and president-elect of SMPS San Francisco, and sits on the SMPS Read More

Major Steps Toward Inclusion and Racial Equality in A/E/C

August 17, 2021

Established almost one year ago, the SMPS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force has been hard at work. Thirty SMPS members from across the country have met monthly to define DEI objectives for the Read More

Being the Only Dot of Diversity

August 17, 2021

In the fall of 1967, I was bussed from the projects in Gary, IN, to a better (all-white) school several miles away in the suburbs. I was devastated—and afraid. I’d seen news reports of how Read More

Building Diverse Partnerships Is Critical for A/E/C

July 19, 2021

Since 2012, diversity in Oregon’s state contracts has been legislatively supported through the state’s Certification Office of Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID). While government-led initiatives have helped increase diversity within the A/E/C industries by consciously Read More

SMPS Member Thy Daniels

June 15, 2021

In our member spotlight, Thy Daniels takes time out of her busy day to chat with SMPS. Thy is senior proposal coordinator for Bora Architecture & Interiors and has been a member of SMPS for Read More

Yes, I’ve Been to London

May 17, 2021

A few years ago, I attended a college fair at a hotel near the San Francisco International Airport. The colleges in the exhibition hall were showcasing performing arts programs. I decided to check out a Read More

My Family’s Hidden Identity

May 17, 2021

In January 2021, I embarked on one of the hardest challenges I’ve experienced as a parent to date: explaining to my Jewish daughter what the Holocaust is and how it affected my family. Suddenly, the Read More

Getting Into Good Trouble

April 19, 2021

Fighting the good fight or getting into good trouble (as the late Senator John Lewis often said) is an inextricable part of my personality and life. Why is that? My background and family history provide Read More

The DBE Program: What the Firms Have To Say

March 26, 2021

In 1983, Congress created the country’s first Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. In 1987, that program was amended to include women-owned businesses (WBE). The program was originally geared towards transportation projects. But now, this approach Read More