The Queer Advocacy and Knowledge Exchange (Qu-AKE) is a national, nonprofit, inclusive network for professionals working in the fields of civil engineering, architecture, urban planning, geosciences and construction. We exist to ensure visibility and protection of LGBTQ+ professionals in our fields, by facilitating networking opportunities, providing a forum for mentorship, and fighting discrimination against members of our community in the workplace.
The objective of Qu-AKE is to build an LGBTQ+ inclusive platform in the fields of civil engineering, architecture, urban planning, geosciences and construction by:
Guillermo Diaz-Fanas, PE
"Diversity and Inclusion goes beyond gender, sexual orientation and background. It is about focusing on what brings us together to solve adversities in our communities as professionals, but more importantly as human beings."
"Be open about your LGBTQ+ identity and figure out a way to integrate it to your everyday work. It may be difficult at first, but it is the best place to start to educate your peers."
Melissa Beauregard, PhD
"For any engineered solution to be viable, it needs to work for all users. This is why diversity in engineering is so important. We create a better solution when our team is made up a variety of backgrounds and perspectives."
Lucky Nagarajan, PE
Chair of Qu-ELP
The Queer Emerging Leaders Program (QU-ELP) exists to ensure that students and younger professionals in the building design and construction fields are empowered. Qu-ELP serves as a mentorship platform to motivate and retain the younger generation.
Chair of Comms & PR
Through its Communications & Public Relations Committee (CPRC), Qu-AKE promotes effective messaging and advocacy to ensure visibility and empowerment of LGBTQ+ professionals in the building design and construction industries.
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