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Re-engineering Pride: Going Beyond the Rainbow

In continuation of InterEngineering’s monthly webinar series, June, celebrated as Pride Month, witnessed numerous companies altering their logos to incorporate the pride flag, progress pride flag, or similar symbols. This period also saw a rise in accusations of pinkwashing or rainbow-washing. For the June episode, several distinguished speakers were invited to discuss initiatives that transcend the rainbow flag icon and could significantly impact engineering organisations.
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Erik Tomlin, Royal Academy of Engineering

Erik Tomlin introduced himself and the Royal Academy of Engineering, highlighting their DEI programme. He provided an overview of the programme’s objectives and how it distinguished itself from other initiatives. Tomlin detailed how their approach went ‘beyond the rainbow’, delving deeper into DEI than merely changing a logo. He discussed ways others could get involved and the benefits for businesses, professionals, and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Kristina Korsaks, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Kristina Korsaks introduced herself and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, showcasing their DEI programme. She outlined the goals of their initiative and how it stood apart from others. Korsaks emphasised how their efforts went ‘beyond the rainbow’, exploring more profound aspects of DEI beyond logo changes. She discussed opportunities for involvement and the advantages for businesses, professionals, and the LGBTQIA+ community.

The June episode of InterEngineering’s monthly webinar series successfully highlighted the importance of moving beyond superficial gestures in supporting the LGBTQIA+ community within engineering organisations. Through the insightful discussions led by Erik Tomlin and Kristina Korsaks, attendees gained a deeper understanding of how meaningful DEI initiatives can drive real change. Each speaker underscored the necessity of comprehensive strategies that go beyond logo changes, emphasising the substantial benefits for businesses, professionals, and the broader community. This webinar not only celebrated Pride Month but also encouraged ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, inspiring participants to actively contribute to creating more inclusive workplaces.

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