YED Newsletter | July 2020
As leaders of the CEEAA Young Engineers Division (YED), we strive to create an inclusive and welcoming community, and to use our platform to support the growth and success of all UIUC CEE young alumni. We are extremely saddened by the acts of racial violence and discrimination that the Black community has experienced over generations, and continues to experience on a daily basis. Such racial injustice is quite simply unacceptable, unwelcome, and antithetical to the advancement of our professional field. As human beings, and as engineers, we must do better. Over the coming months, we want to assure you that we are taking steps to educate ourselves and create actionable and thoughtful initiatives for the YED to promote anti-racism and diversity within the young alumni community. And we encourage you all to do the same. Engineers are problem solvers; the solutions we create have the ability to either marginalize or elevate communities. Let’s approach systemic injustice as we would any other engineering problem, and work together to develop a solution.
Help Support Our Current CEE Students!
As you may know, many engineering companies opted to cancel their internship programs this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This left many current CEE students without a summer job to help supplement the cost of their education. We want to urge you to consider making a donation to the YED Scholarship Fund to help out our students during these challenging times.
Gifts to the YED Scholarship fund are being accepted in the form of both one-time and recurring payments (for example, a $60 gift to the fund could be made by making a single payment in that amount up front or by making payments of $5/month over a period of one year). Even small gifts to the fund will add up to make a big difference in the lives of current CEE at Illinois students!
More information on how you can add your support to the YED Scholarship fund can be found at cee.illinois.edu/YED.
- Previously-planned YED Networking Event at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard club will be re-scheduled when authorities permit gatherings of >25 people. Depending on how the pandemic situation continues to evolve in the coming months, new virtual alternative networking opportunities will be developed. Moving forward, the YED Networking Committee will also strive to offer more events that allow members to diversify their network.
- Reference the following link to see various diversity, equity, and inclusion resources from the ASCE (such as webinars, videos, reports, and articles).
- Monthly Networking Tip: Building a diverse network (link to the full article here)
- Assess Your Network and Understand Potential Biases
- Recognize Your Potential Biases
- Thinking Creatively About Expanding Your Network
- Leverage Social Media, But Don’t Ignore the Benefits of Face-to-Face Networking
There's still time to add your response to the professional development committee's survey! Let us know what resources would be most relevant and useful to you by clicking this link (or copy-paste this URL into your browser: https://forms.gle/NYGEpwi7BgcqzdG68). The survey should take less than 5 minutes and will close at 5pm CST on Wednesday, July 8. Thank you for your responses so far!
The YED Mentorship committee is still seeking mentor alumni and interested mentees to kick-off the YED pilot Mentorship Program. Apply by August 1st.
We have set up a survey that will allow us to learn more about interested participants. This information would help us match students with mentors based on interest and experience. To enroll as a mentee complete the Mentee Application. To enroll as a mentor complete the Mentor Application. For questions, our committee can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.