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Nashville District Attends Tennessee State University Career Fair

By Heather King
Nashville District Public Affairs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 20, 2021) – In the workplace, diversity is a key asset for success. Organizations that prioritize diversity of background, experience, thought and culture often create an inclusive environment with increased productivity.

As an organization, the Corps of Engineers actively works to recruit, hire, and retain women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math. To contribute to this mission and achieve these goals, the Nashville District participates in career fairs hosted by Tennessee State University and other historically black colleges and universities.

The Pew Research Center released a report in April 2021 detailing the gender, racial, and ethnic diversity in STEM professions in the United States. From 2017 to 2019, the study reports that “black professionals made up only 9% of STEM workers in the United States, less than their 11% share of the overall American workforce.”

Calandra “Cali” Wilson, Equal Opportunities Specialist / Special Emphasis Programs Manager for the District of Nashville, works actively to ensure that the District of Nashville has a diverse and inclusive workforce, but also a diverse and inclusive pool of candidates to consider.

Wilson explains, “The purpose of participation is to engage with our community and to be present at our HBCU partner educational institutions in the hope of expanding our organization’s diversity pool with the best students in our. community. ”

Due to continued covid -19 restrictions limiting the number of recruiters allowed to participate, the Nashville District sent two representatives: Business Integration Office Chief Danita Jones and Regulatory Division Chief Todd Tillinger .

Danita Jones, a TSU almunus, attended the career fair with the intention of recruiting for a business administration position. For this TSU alumnus, “It feels good to be here as a TSU graduate because I’m proud of TSU. It provided me with a great education and launched me into a fairly successful career. Jones is confident she will find the talent she has been looking for ever since, [TSU] “The students are prepared; intelligent and very knowledgeable.

The word “diversity” can have several meanings for many people. For Jones, that means having people from different backgrounds, who went to different schools… “it’s just having people with different thoughts and ideas, different life experiences and backgrounds who may not be like you. . In her opinion, she thinks organizations are most effective when their talent comes from a variety of people.

She is not alone in her thoughts. Tillinger, explained why diversity is crucial. “It is important that the people who protect resources and authorize the granting of permits and projects reflect the community they serve and with which they associate.

Tillinger was involved in recruiting a student intern and a recent graduate to fill vacancies in the regulatory division. Whenever he attends a career fair, he looks for students who have good communication skills, are engaging, and can work well with others. “I’m less concerned with the degree they have, if they are successful in graduating I know they can meet that requirement; what I need is a quick thinker and a good communicator.

Acknowledging the progress, but acknowledging the work that remains to be done, Tillinger says, “While I’m proud of the mix of ages and mix of men and women, I’m not proud of our monochromaticity. He explains his interest in recruiting at TSU: “I would love to see the regulatory division look more like the people of Nashville, and that means casting the same wide net, but in different waters.”

The career fair attracted many interested young engineers and business professionals, such as KeAnna Dakwa, a senior at TSU, with a specialization in civil engineering. She entered the career fair with an open mind and looking for opportunities. After discussing her skills with Tillinger and learning about opportunities in the Regulatory Division, she confessed, “Honestly, I didn’t consider the Corps of Engineers because I wanted to join the military. After talking to all of you, I can clearly see that the Nashville District has a lot of opportunities for me!

Christoper Buford, a senior specializing in mechanical engineering, left his resume with enthusiasm. “I was introduced to the Nashville District in 2019 at a career fair. I saw the strong moral values ​​of the Corps and all the work they do around the state, and wanted to be a part of this organization. ”

(The public can get news, updates and information from the Nashville District US Army Corps of Engineers on the district website at www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at http: // www .facebook.com / nashvillecorps and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps. The public can also follow Kentucky Lock on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kentyckylock.)

Fry, R., Kennedy, B., & Funk, C. (2021, April 1). STEM jobs see uneven progress in increasing gender, racial and ethnic diversity. Pew Research Center. Retrieved September 19, 2021, from https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2021/04/01/stem-jobs-see-uneven-progress-in-increasing-gender-racial-and-ethnic-diversity/.

Date taken: 09.21.2021
Date posted: 09/21/2021 12:38
Story ID: 405680
Site: NASHVILLE, Tennessee, United States

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