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Diversity Awareness

One definition of diversity is simply "variety". IDOT seeks to value all segments of people in the economic and social domains. A diverse workforce includes people from various classes, race, ethnicity, age, gender, physical abilities, sexual orientation, religions, educational backgrounds and geographical locations. Equal Opportunity Employment and Affirmative Action programs cannot create a diverse environment on their own. Building alliances across differences, increasing awareness and working together to overcome obstacles in business, the community and personnel practices are also needed to create diverse environments. To have a diverse workforce in the future a comprehensive plan is needed to engage young scholars through engineering activities, mentoring and scholarship opportunities. Many IDOT programs will focus on females and minorities in the field of Civil Engineering.

We hope you enjoy browsing the IDOT Diversity Page. Here is a little of what you will find…

Kids Corner will take young scholars (and their parents) on a journey to help them see how important civil engineers are to our society. For some fun learning experiences you can gain access to a few exciting math and science focused games.

Scholarships link gives information on the IDOT Civil Engineer Scholarship program.

Transportation in the Classroom is a section that explains how IDOT is involved in communities throughout the state in mentoring activities.

For more information on IDOT Diversity Outreach Programs and partnership opportunities, please contact the Diversity Recruitment and Outreach Office by telephone at 217-782-2545 or by email at

Take a look at a few of the exciting careers IDOT has to offer! 

Engineer Technician
Civil Engineer
Highway Maintainer
Highway Maintainer Spanish Version

Diversity Links

Kids Corner
Transportation in the Classroom
Essay Contest
Engineer Spotlight
Professional/Academic Network
Resources / Links
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FY 2012 Diversity Recruitment and Outreach Plan

The Diversity Enrichment, Outreach and Recruitment Plan outlines principles and goals in an effort to demonstrate IDOT’s commitment through initiatives, recommendations and action plans. (see more)

Summer Transportation Institute

IDOT, in partnership with Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and the Federal Highways Administration offered two Summer Transportation Institutes (STIs) to middle and high school students this summer. These events are held in an effort to create awareness about careers in the transportation industry, specifically Civil Engineering among participants. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar coordinates the events and hosted approximately 40 students in the STI sessions held in Edwardsville July 5-16 and Carbondale July 12-23 combined. The theme of this year’s STI sessions was “Building a Bridge to Young Minds’ Journey to Careers in Transportation.” Among the many activities provided for the students was an exercise in mixing concrete, a lesson on how traffic lights work and a trip to an airport for an airplane ride. For local media coverage of the STI sessions, please click on the following:

Television Coverage

Newspaper Coverage

IDOT Summer Engineering Academy

The IDOT Summer Engineering Academy is a hands-on program that teaches high school students to use math and science to solve real world problems in transportation and civil engineering.

The goal is to provide realistic engineering experience through projects that encourage teamwork, problem solving and practical application while exposing students to exciting and challenging career opportunities in the transportation industry.

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