Equity in Practice: Creating Diverse, Inclusive & Equitable Workplaces

Session Title: Equity in Practice: Creating Diverse, Inclusive & Equitable Workplaces
Educational Track: Practice
Session Code: FR1019
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
LU/HSW: 1.5 LUs/HSW

Achieving equity is and has been a daunting issue in architectural practice for decades. In June 2019, the AIA released the first six of nine Guides for Equitable Practice. The guides are one part of the AIA’s commitment to overcome inequities and advance the profession through more diverse, inclusive and equitable workplaces. 

Researchers at the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington designed the guides to provide actionable steps and other tools to help organizations identify and address a variety of employment and personnel issues around equity, diversity, and inclusion, based on relevant research and analysis. 

We will focus on the topics included in the guides: intercultural competence, workplace culture, compensation, recruitment and retention, negotiation, and mentoring. Subsequent guides due later this year with include career progression, community engagement, and assessment. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this important issue and take action in your organization so that you can support, participate in and lead future equitable practice!

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the ethical, moral, business and professional case for increasing diversity within the profession,
  • Define dominant and non-dominant culture as terms in cultural competency,
  • Utilize the actionable tools to identify and address a variety of employment and personnel issues around equity,
  • Understand the 2018 changes to the AIA Code of Ethics.

Content Leader:

Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA

Senior Associate, Arrowstreet Inc., Boston, MA