Together We RISE Up


Respect, Inclusion, Safety, and Equity In The Construction Trades

Join us in shifting the culture of construction to one that is inclusive to all people one individual, organization, or site at a time.

About RISE Up

RISE Up, also known as RISE Up 4 Equity, is a transformative Respectful Workplace Campaign meticulously crafted to empower workers and industry partners in fostering safe, inclusive, and highly productive environments. Through industry-leading workplace consulting and training, RISE Up is committed to aiding contractors and sub-contractors in the construction management sector in establishing and sustaining an atmosphere marked by productivity, safety, and equity.

Products and Services: Outlawing bias requires more than just rules and regulations. Research demonstrates that solely relying on training is ineffective and that adopting a “blame and shame management” approach does not inspire employees. In fact, exclusive reliance on training can hinder diversity efforts and perpetuate bias against underrepresented groups. Effectiveness demands a multi-dimensional, inclusive approach that extends beyond gender and race and is measurable.

The RISE Up Program comprises various components designed to work cohesively, creating a respectful workplace. The benefits of such an environment include enhanced safety, productivity, and employee retention, ultimately leading to a more profitable organization.

Key Features of the RISE Up Program:

  • Customization: The RISE Up program is fully customizable to cater to an organization’s unique needs. Organizations have the flexibility to select and implement the components that align with their specific goals.
  • Co-Branding: Training materials and resources can be co-branded with an organization’s logo, providing a personalized touch.
  • License Option: The RISE Up program can be licensed by organizations, allowing them to take advantage of its comprehensive suite of offerings.

RISE Up is committed to helping organizations foster a culture of respect, inclusion, safety, and equity, driving not only workplace transformation but also business success.


A message from RISE Up creator Karen Dove

Support & Information

RISE Up is customizable to meet your specific goals. It was created for the industry by industry professionals and, when possible, builds on industry specific existing access points for training opportunities. For more information, technical assistance, or access to training materials, see below.

RISE Up Steps to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Training Modules

Job Box Talks & Signage

Technical Support & Affiliate Information

Public Partnerships



AGC of Washington proudly endorses RISE Up for any company striving to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace. RISE Up’s training works with our members own company culture and helps both managers and field workers work together to develop, promote and maintain a Culture of CARE.

David D’Hondt

Executive Vice President, AGC of Washington

The construction industry is already a tough environment. It is one of the most dangerous occupations, it has one of the highest suicide incident rates for our employees and the number of young people entering the trades is dropping as the number of people retiring is rising. So why do we make it so difficult for people to enter into the trades? We need to make our industry attractive to people who otherwise wouldn’t choose this industry. The RISE up Program includes one of the best trainings for promoting conversations for tough subjects that aren’t easy to talk about and gives the field the skills and tools they need to be better at this. I highly recommend RISE Up to contractors who want to ensure their company is inclusive to a diverse workforce.
Armando Tiscareño, PE

Executive Vice President, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.

As the workforce gets more diverse, we need to provide our workers and organizations with the cultural competency to adapt. The RISE Up Program was created by tradespeople, for tradespeople specifically for the construction industry and, if used correctly, can help to shift the culture of construction to one where all workers thrive.

Mark Riker

Executive Secretary, Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO