Acentech is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the clients and communities we serve, in the projects we undertake, and in the profession we collaborate with across the design and construction industry.
Our investment supports our inclusive work culture that thrives on diverse perspectives and talents to fuel our innovation, and to actualize our corporate mission:
To enhance human comfort, communication, artistic expression, and technical function through design and innovation in acoustics, engineering, and technology for all of society.
We recently approved a five-year strategic plan for our long-term growth initiatives. The plan aligns our business model with an emphasis on internal processes, people, organizational management, transparency and accountability, and our EDI commitment. Our EDI initiatives will influence decision-making across our organization from recruitment strategy and leadership training to project engagement and teaming partner selections.
Why is EDI Important to Acentech?
– Diverse groups have been traditionally under-represented in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. We aim to increase the representation of these groups.
– The projects we contribute to impact generations of people from all types of backgrounds and occupations; to serve them well, we must reflect that diversity.
How Does Acentech Engage in EDI?
– Acentech established an internal group of junior and senior professionals to educate ourselves on EDI initiatives, gather and document information, and promote its objectives and strategies to benchmark progress.
– Acentech actively structures its recruitment strategy as a baseline for increase racial diversity among its workforce. Using data collected since 2011 of the employee hiring process, Acentech’s female, racial and ethnic makeup of the new employees hired is 45%.
– Senior Consultant, Kelsey Rogers was selected as a Mentor for the 2021 ASA Summer Undergraduate Research and Internship in Acoustics (SURIEA) program. This intensive 12-week summer program exposes underrepresented students of color to the field of acoustics. This is the inaugural year for the program, and it received tremendous interest from students, researchers, and professionals across the country who recognize the importance of increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in acoustics.
– Acentech’s current staff consists of 34% made up of diverse groups, making us the most diverse full-service acoustical consulting company in the New England region.
– Acentech’s participated in MIT Girl’s Day in 2019, putting together hands-on activities promoting the science of sound to girls ages 10 and up.
– With Nitsch Engineering, one of the largest women-owned engineering firms in the U.S., we led an “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” session in 2017 — a full day of consultant-led workshops for middle and high-school-aged girls on sound isolation, amplification, and data recording using our instruments and lab materials.