Lisa Clauson

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BCT Lecture, UMass Amherst


Lecture for Building & Construction Technology at UMass Amherst, given by Lisa Clauson, Director of Strategic Partnerships for the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program (NECLMP) in Central and Western MA & Stephanie Stevens, a 3rd year carpenters apprentice in Local 336.

NECLMP is a joint partnership of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters (28,000 union carpenters) and the over 1,500 Contractors who are signed to use union carpenters in New England. Through her work with the Carpenters, Ms. Clausen is a part of the Northeast Center of Tradeswomen Equity, a non-profit organization helping women find work in the construction trades. More info on NCTE can be found at Lisa has worked for NECLMP for several years recruiting women and people of color to the field and working with owners of construction work to require diversity of their construction crews. She has also worked extensively on policy campaigns at the municipal levels that support the use of responsible contracting, diversity in construction, and protect against wage theft

Stephanie Stephens is a 3rd year carpenters apprentice in Local 336. Ms. Stephens grew up in the Springfield area, joined the army at seventeen and served for three years, including two combat deployments to the Middle East. Ms. Stephens is currently working here at UMass Amherst on the Student Union Renovations.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will examine how diversity goals and requirements can impact owners, why owners are starting to prioritize diversity, which owners are starting to do so, and how knowledge of the issue, industry best practices, and measurement tools, can help them put together stronger construction management bids.

2. Participants will be able to assess diversity workforce goals and requirements on future projects and compare them to similar projects in the state, including the most recent successful projects that have met or exceeded their diversity workforce goals and requirements.

3. Participants will acquire and breakdown industry best practices for meeting diversity goals and requirements. They will discuss and compare the different stakeholders who can impact the project’s success and will explore how these stakeholders have helped projects meet their numbers.

4. Participants will acquire and discuss specific tools that can be used to track and measure progress on projects meeting diversity goals and requirements. The will examine best practices in the industry and learn how to adequately measure and track success. (103 kB)