In our latest podcast episode, we invite guest speakers Tiffany Thompson, Director of Workforce Equity and Technical Assistance of Oregon Tradeswomen and Dr. Maura Kelly, Associate Professor of Sociology at Portland State University to discuss inclusion and worker well-being in the trades. They support and help workplaces gain tools and educational opportunities for respectful workplace programs. A large part of their work is to support capacity building such as investing resources and time to contribute to cultural shifts needed on trade job sites.
Tiffany Thompson started her career working with survivors of interpersonal violence where she also provided training for service providers on how to work with individuals who have experienced trauma. In 2013, Tiffany first began working at Oregon Tradeswomen and saw the overlap between her previous work and the experiences of tradeswomen in the field. Since then, she has been working diligently, within and outside of construction, to bring about culture change to ensure that no one experiences the trauma that can come from harassment, bullying, hazing and any type of interpersonal violence.
Dr. Maura Kelly researches inequalities in the construction trades and advocates to increase opportunities for women and people of color. Dr. Kelly’s evaluation research has assessed a variety of programs intended to increase the recruitment and retention of diverse workers in the trades, including the ODOT/BOLI Highway Construction Workforce Development Program, Green Dot for the Trades, the City of Seattle Acceptable Work Sites training, Mentorship Matters, as well as the Oregon Tradeswomen and Constructing Hope pre-apprenticeship programs.
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We have included resources in the episode show notes that can be assessed on any of the above streaming platforms. If you missed our last episode, we share part 1 of our worker well-being in trades series.
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