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In 2006, what percentage of firm principals and partners were women?
What percentage of AIA Architect members are female?
What percentage of AIA Architect members are African Americans?
What percentage of AIA Architect members are Asian?
What percentage of AIA Architect members are Hispanic?
What percentage of licensed minority architects are there in firms in the US?
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AIA Diversity and Inclusion Proficiency Assessment Tool:
Taking steps to increase diversity within your firm may require a snapshot of your current diversity practices. Use this list to assess your present approach to diversity and revisit the list as your expand diversity initiatives for your firm.
Diversity of the Community You Serve
Are the individuals who represent your firm reflective of the diversity of the community and your organization?
When your firm partners with other organizations do you have a strategy in place to be certain you work with organizations that relate to the diversity of the community?
As a purchaser of goods and services in the community, does your firm have a good strategy to ensure that businesses in the minority community have an opportunity to serve you?
Are your public communications, reports, advertisements, marketing materials, Web sites, etc accessible to and reflective of the diverse community you serve?
Has your firm developed a ‘language resource,’ identifying qualified people inside and outside your organization who could help your staff communicate with clients/members from a wide variety of nationalities and ethnic backgrounds?
Are your written communications with clients available in a variety of languages that reflects the ethnic and cultural fabric of your community?
Strengthening Your Workforce Diversity
Do your recruitment efforts include strategies to reach out to the racial and ethnic minorities in your community?
Do your policies about time off for holidays and religious observances take into account the diversity of your workforce?
Do your policies about time off take into account the diversity of family lifestyles of your workforce?
Do you acknowledge and honor diversity in your employee communications, awards, programs, and other internal celebrations?
Have you done employee surveys or focus groups to measure their perceptions of your firm’s policies and practices on diversity and to surface potential problems?
Have you made diversity awareness and sensitivity training available to your employees?
Is the diversity of your workforce take into account in your performance evaluations system?
The Diversity of Your Leadership Team
Is there a Board approved policy encouraging diversity across the organization?
Is your diversity policy reflected in your mission and values statement?
Does your strategic plan emphasize the importance of diversity at all levels of your workforce?
Has your Board/Leadership set goals on organizational diversity, culturally proficient service and eliminating disparities in service to diverse groups as part of your strategic plan?
Does your firm have a mentoring program in place to help develop your best talent, regardless of gender, race or ethnicity?
Is diversity awareness and training mandatory for all senior leadership, management and staff?
Do you provide professional development/ tuition reimbursement to encourage employees to further their education?
Do you have a succession/advancement plan for your management team linked to your overall diversity goals?