Incorporating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility on a Construction Site

This case study involves incorporating diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) when making decisions affecting individuals working on a project site. The word “diversity” is often considered to refer to cultural or gender differences, but it is important to explore additional types of diversity. A typical construction site presents more challenges to DEIA than a typical office environment, and more innovative approaches are needed. This case study introduces the learner to DEIA issues through scenarios inspired by actual events. Some event details have been altered to protect the individuals, and some of the people described are compendiums of multiple people. Three scenarios are provided which address challenges faced by women, individuals with different sexual orientation, and disabled people working on a construction site. Discussion questions are provided to help learners explore the scenarios in various ways.

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