JE:DI Task Force
The goal of this group is to provide guidance, advice and accountability. To survey everything we do at AIA Seattle through the lens of our EDI goals.
AIA Seattle is committed to identifying, naming, and dismantling systemic discrimination within the architecture community in order to nurture universal inclusion and fairness in the built environment, for the communities we impact, both locally and nationally.
WHAT WE DO
The JE:DI Task Force is a resource to the board, staff and committee leaders of AIA Seattle in the planning and execution of programs and services for AIA members and the public, as related to the topics of justice, diversity, inclusion and equity.
Goals and Areas of Action
- Access to the Profession
- Relationship Building
- Continuing Education Training
- AIA Seattle – The Organization
UPDATES FROM THE JE:DI TASK FORCE
We recognize and celebrate July as Disability Pride Month, a time to recognize all types of disabilities as natural human variation. We encourage you to not only reconsider the way you design but the vast and broad modalities for whom you’re designing. Disability can be a source of pride as an integral part of an individual’s identity. By raising awareness that “disability” is not a negative attribute, and people with disabilities are not “less than” non-disabled people, we can work toward a more inclusive, anti-ableist society and built environment.
Access to and within design, especially when it’s a physical, mental or invisible ability, is a human rights issue. As architects and designers, the Americans with Disabilities Act is the lens we most frequently use to understand disability. By its nature, ADA focuses on a select few physical disabilities needing accommodations in our built environment, a point of view that colors “disability” as negative and lacking. While, 25 percent of American adults have a condition considered to be a disability, over 50 percent of American adults live with chronic illness. A much smaller number of people identify as “disabled”. As a taskforce we have a responsibility to elevate, empower and uplift the forgotten and ignored, but we have an even greater responsibility to celebrate and spotlight when issues converge with design and design identity.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Architects choose this profession out of a passion to make our communities better. Never has that urge been more important. We can and must act to make a difference — through our commitment to anti-racism, our design work, our intercultural understanding, our community leadership, and our workplace practices. We must begin by listening to the diverse communities we serve.
We accept the hard work ahead and take it on with humility. Please help us. Add to our learning and our dialogue with your thoughts and ideas. Speak up where you believe we should be better.
JE:DI task force members are appointed by the Task Force Chairs; the group is comprised of 7-8 AIA members in good standing that represent the diversity of membership. Please contact the Task Force Chairs to be considered.
OTHER COMMITTEES & GROUPS THAT MAY OF INTEREST
Join Women in Design Committee
Join Diversity Roundtable
Join Young Architects Forum
Apply to participate in Laddership
Learn more about NOMA NW and their Call-to-Action
- Guides for Equitable Practice (AIA National)
- Increasing Diversity in Architecture: Barriers to Entry (Architect)
- Increasing Diversity in Architecture: Designer-Led Solutions (Architect)
- Where Are My People? Hispanic and Latinx in Architecture (ACSA research report)
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Readings (BSA resource list of books and articles)
- WID + DRT Conversations Toward an Equitable Practice (recaps of roundtable sessions)
- Disability Pride Month: Disability is Broader Than You Think (Psychology Today)
- Neurodiversity: Some Basic Terms and Definitions (Neurocosmopolitanism)
- Accessibility: A Beginner’s Guide to Fragrance and Chemical Sensitivities (Hedonish)
- Food Allergies in the Workplace Are Not Always What They Seem (Forbes)
- Virtual Events During Lockdown Are Proof That Greater Accessibility is Possible (Rooted in Rights
- Why All Designers Need to Understand Color Blindness (99 Designs)
- Disability Visibility Project (Alice Wong)
- Breaking the Silence of Design (vodcast, produced by Karen Compton and Gabrielle Bullock)
- Gender, Sexuality, and Disability (Disability Philanthropy webinar)
- Down to the Struts: A podcast about disability and design (Qudsiya Naqui)
- Spotlight on Equity: Architecture in Turbulent Times (AIAU course series)
- Inclusive Design Continuing Education (University of Buffalo Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access)
- Online Accessibility / Universal Design Courses (AIA California)
- Inclusive Design Degree Programs (University of Buffalo)
- AIA Seattle Racial Justice Commitments
- Creating a Culture of Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Your Architectural Practice (Perkins & Will whitepaper)
- Six Signature Traits of Inclusive Leadership (Deloitte)
- Accessible Spaces: A Fragrance-Free Toolkit (UCLA Center for the Study of Women)
- Best Practices for Handling Food Allergies in the Workplace (Workplace Diversity)
- How Managers Can Support Employees with Chronic Illnesses (Harvard Business Review)
- Respectful Interactions: Disability Language and Etiquette (NW ADA Center)
- 7 Ways to be More Inclusive of People with Invisible Disabilities (Hive Learning)
2020-2021 JE:DI TASK FORCE
Terms end August 2023