WID + DRT: Conversations Towards An Equitable Practice - June - Engaging Communities
Join AIA Seattle's Women In Design and Diversity Roundtable committees for a series of monthly discussions about the culture and climate of the architecture community in Seattle and beyond, and how to build a stronger pipeline and retention practices for equity in the field. June's discussion centers on engaging communities with your architectural practice.
Despite increasing diversity in students and young professionals entering the field, architecture remains a remarkably homogeneous profession. The retention statistics are alarming. We are losing potential talent and important perspectives. How can we help retain more diverse voices in our profession? As practitioners, what can we do?
Using topics and resources from the just-released AIA GUIDES FOR EQUITABLE PRACTICE, this event series is a recurring monthly, small group based discussion. Each month we will gather to discuss a different topic, and explore how we can promote equity, diversity and inclusion within our own firms.
This is a great way to connect with others in the local AEC community, generate ideas, and find mentorship. We encourage participation from everyone of any demographic and career stage. The more diverse voices participating, the better discussions we will have.
June Session Readings:
–“Dick & Rick: A Visual Primer on Social Impact Design,” Center for Urban Pedagogy.
–“What is Community Engagement?” PennState Center for Economic and Community Development
–“Why Community Engagement Matters” PennState Center for Economic and Community Development
–“Interculturalism and Culturally Inclusive Space II,” Julian Agyeman
Pre-registration is encouraged, as a short reading and a few questions will be provided in advance to help kick-start a lively and inclusive discussion.
Brought to you by AIA Seattle, AIA Women in Design, and AIA Diversity Roundtable
CallisonRTKL, PAE Engineers, Johnston Architects, Weber Thompson