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2011 AIA Diversity Recognition Program Call for Submissions
The call for submissions has ended for the 2011 AIA Diversity Recognition Program. Check back in late March to read about the 2011 award recipients.
The Diversity Recognition Program seeks to recognize architects for exemplary commitment and contributions to diversifying the profession of architecture. A diversified profession mirrors the society it serves; celebrates and encourages the contributions of all architects, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious belief, geographic location, or practice; encourages alternatives to traditional practice models; and provides opportunities for a greater variety of individuals to become architects, take advantage of leadership opportunities, and influence our practices and our professional lives.
This program celebrates and invites the contributions of AIA members toward the goal of a more diverse profession. Up to twelve submissions will be selected annually to be recognized as Diversity Best Practices. An award will be presented to each selected recipient, whose diversity efforts will be featured in AIA publications, on the AIA web site, and in the Architect’s Knowledge Resource.
All submissions will be posted to the AIA Diversity and Inclusion web page as a resource to other members and components seeking to implement similar programming within their communities.
The AIA encourages submissions with a wide variety of support materials – letters/testimonials from program participants, historical data for programs, images of projects, etc. All submissions must be in electronic format, either as a PDF or a Word document. Submissions should consist of knowledge gained from experience and be immediately applicable to a task at hand.
Submission materials must include the following and be presented in this order:
• Application (one page)
• If submitted by an individual, a resume not to exceed two pages
• If submitted by a firm, a firm profile not to exceed two pages
• If submitted by an organization, an organization profile not to exceed two pages
• Support Materials (i.e.: letters/testimonials from program participants, historical data, images of projects, literature from programs, marketing materials, etc.), not to exceed 15 pages
• Provide quantitative data, if available (i.e.: statistics on number of event attendees or program participants, etc.)
• Provide operating budget, if possible (this information will be helpful to others seeking to implement a similar program)
• Signed waiver/release form (one page)
If two or more individuals collaborate on a submission, the submission must include for each person: an application form (two pages), a resume (not to exceed two pages), and a signed waiver/release form (one page).
Submissions must be emailed to email@example.com, by 11:59 PM EST, on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted.
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Call For Submissions: October 22, 2010
• Deadline for Submissions: Deadline Extended to February 23, 2011
• Jury Review: February – March 2011
• Recipients Selected: March 2011
• Announcement of Recipients: March 2011
• Celebration of Selections: May 2011 (AIA Convention)
This call for submissions is open to all, including members of the AIA* and non-AIA members. Firms submitting for the 2011 AIA Diversity Recognition Program should be able to demonstrate an adherence to the values of diversity and inclusion. Firms incorporate and/or are striving to demonstrate the values of Diversity and Inclusion as demonstrated by:
• Underrepresented individuals in principal positions (reflective of area demographics)
• Underrepresented individuals in line for succession to principal positions
• Recruitment programs for underrepresented individuals
• Fair/equitable hiring practices
• Support of underrepresented students through scholarships and mentoring
• Business relationships with non-majority owned firms e.g., joint ventures, contracting
• Policies that support work-life balance
• Compensation/pay equity for all employees of similar education and experience
• No active litigation for discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, age or religious belief (see AIA Public Policy and Position Statements on Diversity).
TOPICS FOR SUBMITTALS
Below are possible topics for submissions that celebrate contributions for a diverse profession. This is not an exhaustive list. Your submission may address any or none of these topic areas. Jurors will also be looking for programs and initiatives that can be duplicated at firms and components and by members across the country.
• A firm-wide focus on creating a diverse practice
• A proven record of pro bono work for disadvantaged communities or community groups in disadvantaged neighborhoods
• The creation/support of leadership opportunities for underrepresented groups
• A workplace culture that actively encourages the hiring, retention and promotion of individuals with disabilities
• Proven methods for the retention of employees from underrepresented groups
• Proven strategies for increasing diversity in the selection of partners
• The promotion of flex-time or part-time work schedules for employees with families
• Options for maternity leave and paternity leave
• The establishment of or participation in educational outreach programs in inner city/disadvantaged schools and communities
• Active support and outreach programs to minorities and women in the profession
• The creation of mentorship programs with an emphasis on disadvantaged youth
• Sustained support programs for international employees
• A workplace culture that encourages employee participation in community service activities related to architecture
• Each year, up to 12 proposals will be selected for recognition.
• Profiled in AIArchitect
• Profiled on the AIA Diversity and Inclusion web page, Facebook page, and LinkedIn page
• Acknowledgement at the AIA National Convention
o Diversity Recognition Program Awards Presentation
o Diversity Recognition Program Exhibit
• Inclusion in AIA Best Practices library in the Architect’s Knowledge Resource
*Prior recipients of the AIA Diversity Recognition Program are not eligible to resubmit their AIA-recognized initiatives. Submissions by prior recipients must feature a new initiative not currently recognized as an AIA Diversity Best Practice.