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A Statement from the SFPE Board of Directors on Racism, Police Brutality, and Discrimination

SFPE is a global organization that holds paramount the value that every individual within the communities where we work, live, and serve is treated with respect and in an inclusive and equitable manner. The recent killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the unjust deaths of so many others before them is unconscionable and underscores the racism and inequalities that persist throughout the world. We understand that the protests we are seeing across the United States are the result of decades of systemic and institutional discrimination faced by Black Americans and people of color. SFPE stands in strong support of those protesting peacefully for change.

As SFPE leaders, we are committed to ensuring that SFPE and the profession are accepting and inclusive of all people. These values are reflected in our Diversity & Inclusion policy. However, we realize that we must do more than write a policy. We must do better and look at our practices and culture to ensure that we are doing all we can to ensure that the Society is continually taking steps to challenge and change systems of inequity that perpetuate racism and bias. This includes engaging and nurturing a broad representation of individuals who value engineering and education, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, mental or physical ability, age, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. In pursuit of advancing fire protection engineering, we promote the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We will not tolerate bias, prejudice, disrespect, or inequity.

We believe that bias and intolerance are not only unethical but weaken our social fabric. We also know that diversity strengthens the scientific and engineering enterprise and society as a whole. As a society, we stand with those who promote inclusivity and seek to enable all of us to make valued contributions to improving everyday life for everyone.

We look forward to your continued support and personal commitment to advance our mission while making our world more just, equitable, and safe for everyone. We hope you will join us today with your own commitment to this cause so that together we can envision, create, and support a future where all are treated with dignity and respect.

SFPE 2020 Board of Directors

Michael A. Crowley, PE, FSFPE, 2020 President
Nicole Testa Boston, CAE, Chief Executive Officer
Jack Poole, PE, FSFPE, President-Elect
Daniel L. Arnold, PE, FSFPE, Secretary/Treasurer
Brian J. Meacham, PhD, PE, CEng, FIFireE, FSFPE, Past-President
John D. Campbell, PE, PEng., CFPS, FIFireE
Jimmy Jönsson
Shaun Kelly, PEng, CEng, MIEI
Amanda Kimball, PE Bob Libby, PE, FSFPE
Anthony Militello, PE, CSP, FSFPE
Armelle Muller
Shamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, FSFPE
Beth Tubbs, PE, FSFPE

Interested in joining the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, click here to complete the committee application. It takes less than a minute to complete.  If you are not yet a member of SFPE, click here to join.

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