The DEI Challenge

Diversity, Equity, Inclusiveness in Wisconsin Firms and Projects


Join the Wisconsin DEI Challenge!

The Wisconsin DEI Challenge is a collaboration of Wisco NOMA, the Wisconsin Chapter of The National Organization of Minority Architects, and AIA Wisconsin, a Chapter of The American Institute of Architects.

Working together, the organizations will recognize firms for their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The ten-part challenge prioritizes metrics, accountability, and actionable responses wherein participating firms work toward fostering a professional and built environment that supports racial justice, social responsibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

The DEI Challenge consists of ten actions that firms can undertake. Challenge participants will be required to self-report their results at the end of each calendar year. Participants will be scored based on the documentation provided, to the joint committee, demonstrating accomplishments in each targeted area. Participants must score a minimum of 70 points annually to be recognized as a DEI Ally (40 points for small firms, less than 20 people).

In addition to firm use of the term and logo, Wisco NOMA and AIA Wisconsin will include recognition on chapter websites, social media, and other public forums. The organizations will provide resource referrals to Challenge participants to help them implement the DEI action items.

In committing to the Wisconsin DEI Challenge, participating firms acknowledge their commitment to voluntarily provide relevant information, on an annual basis, for the purposes of gathering and collecting data and statistics that may be used to develop programs and policies on diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Accept this challenge in support of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession of architecture, engineering, and construction. Your engagement will amplify our resolve to transforming the design profession to foster more representation and equity for Black and underrepresented people of color.


The inaugural DEI Challenge is dedicated to Alonzo Robinson, AIA, Wisconsin's first African American registered and practicing architect  (1923-2001).

View the TEN ACTIONS used as criteria for The Challenge

Make a Commitment to The Challenge

Take the Pledge (survey)

DEI Challenge Intake Survey - MS Excel download (Required to upload during the Pledge survey)

Employee Survey (Please print and provide to Employees for baseline analysis)

Report Progress (available 4th Quarter, 2021)

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