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Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The Department of Construction Management embraces CSU’s mission to foster a campus environment that welcomes, values, and affirms the contributions of all its members.

CSU’s longstanding commitment to diversity reflects its role and mission as a land-grant institution. Only through the inclusion of the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, and CSU’s partners can we truly be excellent in our pursuits.

As such, the Department of Construction Management is committed to:

  • Providing an inclusive and welcoming educational and working environment for everyone in our community.
  • Strengthening the diversity of students, staff, faculty, alumni and industry partners in our teaching, research, and engagement endeavors.
  • Enhancing access and opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty to promote their professional growth and success.
  • Rejecting any act of hate, bias, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, gender discrimination, and gender-based violence within our community.
  • Assessing departmental efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to continually recognize and focus on areas needing improvement, while also highlighting and celebrating areas where work is being done.

Resources regarding university policy, reporting options, and support services may be accessed at:

Vice President for Diversity Office webpage
College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) webpage
Department of Construction Management’s Advising and Support webpage

Change Team Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Charter: Identify significant and sustainable change in the Department’s environment, practices, and program to create a more inclusive home for the Department’s students, staff, and faculty.

Membership: includes faculty, staff, and representatives from both graduate and undergraduate students.

Initial charge (includes, but not limited to):

  • Identify Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices being used and/or emerging among Peer-7 programs as well as the units in CHHS.
  • Identify how Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity principles and practices can be integrated into both the undergraduate and graduate admission processes, student experiences, and curriculums (e.g., incorporation of specific ideas into existing courses and potentially development of new courses focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion).
  • Identify industry or academic guest speakers that can address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles in the construction industry – please contact CSU CM if you or someone you know within your company is willing to speak to a class on this topic.
CM students look at plans
  • Asset 11 22.7% of CM undergrads identified as diverse
  • 22.5% of CM undergrads are first generation
  • 10.7% of CM undergrads are female

Recruitment, Retention, and Outreach Initiatives

This one-week program hosts up to 30 young women each summer to engage in classroom sessions, jobsite tours, hands-on lab activities, an equipment rodeo, a female industry panel, and a volunteer day.

EMPOWER: Mentoring Women in Construction

Promoting women in the construction industry through cultivating a community of support, fostering connection, and developing career applicable skills.

Empower CM mentoring participants

The Key Communities are learning communities for first year, second year, and continuing students designed to honor the identities and strengths of each student to foster students transition to and through the University. CM is proud to host the ‘Building Future Leaders’ Key Academic cluster for incoming freshmen.

Recruitment and Retention Committee

The committee engages industry partners, CM alumni, and communities to make middle school, high school, and college students aware of the professional career opportunities within the construction industry with specific outreach and recruitment goals to increase diversity of the CM student body and industry workforce.

Students in Construction Management class

CM Cares

Our CM Cares service learning program has competed over 20 projects to help individuals, families, and non-profit organizations with accessibility needs.

Brigden Team Photo 2020-Family and Students

Faculty Publications, Research and Service

  • Villacias Tapia, E.V., Luxton, I., Valdes-Vasquez, R., Ozbek, M. E., and Ayarza, C. (2020). “Breaking Students’ Comfort Zone: Learning from Community Members, a Strategy within the AEC Education.” In: Proceedings of the EURO MED SEC 03 Conference: Holistic Overview of Structural Design and Construction, EPE.07.01-EPE 07.06, August 3-8, Limassol, Cyprus.
  • Hashem M. Mehany, M.S, Utter, K., Fontana, A., and Valdez-Vaquez, R. (2019). “The Development of a Construction Management Summer Program for Young Females – A Case Study”, ASC 55th Annual International Conference, Denver, Colorado.
  • Inguva, G., Clevenger, C., Ozbek, M. E., and Abdallah, M. (2019). “Workplace Experiences for Women and Men Using BIM/VDC in Construction.” In: Proceedings of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 7th International Construction Specialty Conference, 159.1-159.9, June 12-15, Laval, Canada.
  • Inguva, G., Clevenger, C.M., Ozbek, M. E. (2014). “Differences in Skills Reported by Construction Professionals who use BIM/VDC.” In: Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress, 61-69, May 19-21, Atlanta, GA.
  • Dr. Mehmet Ozbek currently serves as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Transportation and Development Institute’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Committee. This Committee’s goal is to develop a strategic action plan to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the transportation and development profession. He specifically leads the group charged with identifying DEI strategies for the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute’s flagship conference.
  • Dr. Mohammed Mehany’s research covers social equity and justice: Socioeconomic Resilience – USGBC Infrastructure Sustainability and Resiliency