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Diversity and Inclusion > AIA Diversity Toolkit for Components > Collaborations

Collaborations

Goal 1 from the AIA Diversity Action Plan is to “increase the demographic representation of underrepresented members of the AIA (architect and associate members as currently defined) to at least 50 percent of their representation within the population by the year 2013 and 100 percent of their representation within the population by the year 2020.” Goal 2 is to “increase the demographic representation of students enrolled in BArch and MArch programs at NAAB-accredited schools to at least 50 percent of their representation within the population by the year 2013 and 100 percent of their representation within the population by the year 2020.”

The AIA continues to develop resources and implement programs to reach these goals, but achieving a cultural shift within the profession will require collaboration with our affinity groups. We encourage all components to reach out to their local chapters of groups like the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE), the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), and others to form local alliances, open effective dialogue, and partner together on programs and events.

AIA NOMA Memorandum of Understanding

The American Institute of Architects and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) have collaborated on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 2009 AIA President Marvin Malecha, FAIA; 2009 NOMA President Steve Lewis, AIA, NOMA; and AIA EVP/CEO Christine McEntee, signed the MOU during the second annual AIA Diversity Plenary, held April 28, 2009, in San Francisco.

A major stipulation of the MOU is that the AIA will facilitate contacts and cooperation between the AIA’s local components and NOMA chapters. Examples of activities in which local AIA components and NOMA chapters may cooperate include ARE Preparation courses, joint Continuing Education sessions, the NOMA Summer Camp Program, and projects in support of students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Click here to read about the collaborative efforts of AIA Chicago and INOMA.

The Profession


The American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers
(AICAE)

The American Institute of Architecture Students
(AIAS)

Arquitectos


The Association of Women in Architecture – Los Angeles
(AWA – LA)

Chicago Women in Architecture
(CWA)

The National Organization of Minority Architects
(NOMA)


Education


Ace Mentor Program
(ACE)

Architecture + Design Education Network
(A+DEN)

Junior Achievement Worldwide

 

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