WEBINAR: Actionable Steps for DEI Integration in the Water and Science Community

November 15, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET



Donnell Duncan
Associate Vice President
Read Donnell's article in the Journal AWWA.

Donnell Duncan, PE, SE is a speaker and author of 8 books with his most recent publication "A New Mindskin - Innovation, Creativity and Strategic Thinking for the Marketplace" released on January 1st, 2022. He is a structural engineer, project manager and business development professional in the water/ wastewater industry. At the Water Environment Federation (WEF) he serves as the current Speaker of the House of Delegates (HOD) and Outreach Director of the Community Leadership Council (CLC). He is also past co-chair of the Board of Trustees DE&I Committee, past chair of the HOD DE&I Workgroup and past member of the Workforce D&I Task Force. At the American Water Works Association (AWWA), he is the incoming (ACE23) chair of the Diversity and Member Inclusion Committee on which he has served multiple terms.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in applied physics from Morehouse College as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering (structures) from Georgia Tech. He is a licensed Professional Engineer or Structural Engineer in 27 U.S. states including California. He also earned "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace" and "Ethical and Inclusive Leadership" Certificates from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business. Working out of the Atlanta office of Arcadis, he serves as the Account Lead for several important Arcadis clients and leads the South Region of the Resilience (Water) Business Area Structural Engineering Group.


In order to create an inclusive and equitable environment in the water and science community, we, as leaders and professionals, need to understand what actionable steps we can take and systemic practices we can adopt now. By intentionaly changing our behaviors and creating new pathways for participation in our organizations, we will not only make our own agencies stronger, but also create deeper meaning and connection with stakeholders impacted by the work that we do. This webinar will present processes with which you may begin to align your organization with intentional DEI practices that will move the needle in the right direction.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will gain a basic understanding of DEIB definitions as well as the rationale for prioritizing equity over equality.
  2. Participants will learn a practical, 7-step DEIB roadmap which they can apply immediately to move their organizations closer toward culture change.
  3. Participants will analyze through a case study how several of the steps in the DEIB roadmap have been applied to a large multi-disciplinary organization.

Webinar Recording & PDH Certificate

Included with your webinar registration is access to a recording of the program and a fillable certificate to self-report your Professional Development Hour (PDH)/Continuing Education Credit (CEU). Your certificate will be available to download and a link to the recording of this webinar will be sent within a week of the live program from [email protected]. The recording is exclusively for you, the registrant of the webinar. They are not to be shared or forwarded.


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