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AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

  • 1.  AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

    Posted 07-15-2020 10:58

    Actions speak louder than words.  Buying an ad in the NYT is a onetime gesture that does not move the needle towards a broader diversity and equity in our profession.  It will not increase the number of licensed architects that are African American, women or other minorities.  Instead I suggest that the AIA College of Fellows use the money that many are willing to give for the $45,000-$80,000 NYT ad and create a scholarship fund specifically geared to help increase the number of minority licensed architects.  Point of fact:  out of the 116,250 +/-  licensed architects in the US, there are only less than 500 licensed African American women, that is not even half of one percent of the total number. 

     

    The funds can be used in two ways:

    1.       Provide funding for minority emerging professionals to pay for the licensing exam and materials;

    2.       Provide scholarships to minority students to help pay for their architectural education

     

    These scholarship will have a much more meaningful and long standing impact in increasing diversity and equity in the architecture profession.  I am sure we all know 5 to 10 AIA Fellows that we can each ask to each donate $100 to this fund and easily reach $50,000,  even more if I am an optimist, which I am.  The scholarship fund is a  much better use of my money than a newspaper ad.  Plus it does what the COF is supposed to do – mentor the younger generation.

     

    I have my credit card ready and my 10 AIA Fellows, someone please tell how / help me get this funding started.

     

     

     

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  • 2.  RE: AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

    Posted 07-15-2020 12:14
    I agree with you 100%.  Many years ago my company established a scholarship fund to benefit African American students at a local university.  It provides a small stipend each year that helps pay for expenses that are not normally covered by standard scholarships and grants.  I can only imagine how much more could be done with that extra $77,000 in a properly invested fund.  Or with such a fund to annually pay for ARE costs.

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    Natividad Soto FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
    President
    Ferguson Glasgow Schuster Soto, Inc.
    Coral Gables FL
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  • 3.  RE: AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

    Posted 07-16-2020 17:30
    I also agree that scholarship support is a more meaningful action than a NYT ad.

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    Celeste Novak FAIA
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  • 4.  RE: AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

    Posted 07-16-2020 17:33

    Lourdes- great proposal! Count me in. 

    Greg



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    Gregory Ibanez FAIA
    Principal
    Ibanez Shaw Architecture LLC
    Fort Worth TX
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  • 5.  RE: AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

    Posted 07-16-2020 17:40

    I agree with Lourdes.  Count me in!

     

     

    Pamela W. Hawkes FAIA

    Principal

    Scattergood Design

     

     

     

     






  • 6.  RE: AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

    Posted 07-16-2020 19:59
    Agreed - I would suggest calling it the J.E.D.I. Scholarship - (Justice and Equity result in Diversity and Inclusion)

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    Rosa Sheng FAIA
    AIASF Past President 2018, Founder Equity by Design
    Principal ,SmithGroup
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  • 7.  RE: AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

    Posted 07-16-2020 20:43
    "Actions speak louder than words."
    True, but words can be very effective.
    A full page ad could move people to action.
    Doug Kelbaugh FAIA
    Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor
    of Architecture and Urban Planning
    and Dean Emeritus
    Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
    University of Michigan
    2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069
    Mobile: 734 358-9587 Home: 734 827-2259
    kelbaugh@umich.edu





  • 8.  RE: AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

    Posted 07-19-2020 12:50
    Dear all

    Several posts on this site state that funds should go toward scholarships, not a New York Times page. I certainly understand that scholarships are important, just like mentoring and hiring young minority architects and encouraging our clients to do the same. Yet every act, small or large, is important, and there is no magical solution to any conundrum. It will take thoughts, ideas and actions from all of us to undo what has happened for centuries, and we have to start somewhere.

     

    Besides, words are also important, and a New York Times page stating to the country and the world that we want to make a change is a start. It would help both us and our readers understand that, as a profession, we do more than design buildings-we are genuinely committed to this humane task of inclusiveness.

     

    Not only must we work tirelessly toward this goal, but the people who hire us must understand where we stand and therefore feel motivated to hire minority architects who have gone through many years of hard training and work, and whose skills and talents therefore matter.

     

    A strong statement with hundreds of names will not only initiate our journey to justice but also serve as a reminder to us in the years to come that this is our task, as architects and humanitarians.

     

    Thank you.

    Peace,

     

    Jan Wampler

    Jan Wampler, FAIA
    Distinguished Professor, ACSA
    Markborough Endowed Professor, USF
    Professor of Architecture, Emeritus, MIT
    Jan Wampler Studio  Architecture/Urban Design
    Office 617 253 7904
    Cell     617 763 4908
    wampler@mit.edu

     

     






  • 9.  RE: AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

    Posted 07-19-2020 12:51

    Several posts on this site state that funds should go toward scholarships, not a New York Times page. I certainly understand that scholarships are important, just like mentoring and hiring young minority architects and encouraging our clients to do the same. Yet every act, small or large, is important, and there is no magical solution to any conundrum. It will take thoughts, ideas and actions from all of us to undo what has happened for centuries, and we have to start somewhere.

     

    Besides, words are also important, and a New York Times page stating to the country and the world that we want to make a change is a start. It would help both us and our readers understand that, as a profession, we do more than design buildings-we are genuinely committed to this humane task of inclusiveness.

     

    Not only must we work tirelessly toward this goal, but the people who hire us must understand where we stand and therefore feel motivated to hire minority architects who have gone through many years of hard training and work, and whose skills and talents therefore matter.

     

    A strong statement with hundreds of names will not only initiate our journey to justice but also serve as a reminder to us in the years to come that this is our task, as architects and humanitarians.

     

    Thank you.

    Peace,

     

    Jan Wampler



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    Jan Wampler FAIA
    Jamaica Plain MA
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  • 10.  RE: AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

    Posted 07-17-2020 08:15

    Fellows can donate to the AIA Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship and put COF in the "honor" field.

    https://architectsfoundation.networkforgood.com/projects/73819-architects-foundation-donations

    $25,000 would support one expendable scholarship – a single student for up to 5 years throughout their architectural degree program.

    $150,000 would permanently endow such a scholarship to be awarded every 4-5 years to a new student in perpetuity.

    Both could be named "Fellows Diversity Scholar" 



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    Linna Frederick FAIA
    Principal
    Frederick & Frederick Architects
    Beaufort SC
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  • 11.  RE: AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

    Posted 08-27-2020 23:10
    Harley H.
    Hightower, FAIA                   Scholarship is the Voice of Reason. Will Support
    Anchorage, Alaska



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    Harley Hightower FAIA
    Anchorage AK
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  • 12.  RE: AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

    Posted 08-28-2020 20:55
    Harley:
    One of my Black female students just graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning (UWM SARUP). I had to pleasure of being her 3rd year studio instructor and got to see - first hand - how hard she worked and how devoted she was to her studies. Long story short, she was accepted to pursue her masters degree at more than one university: Columbia, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Michigan being among them. I think her heart was set on Columbia, but scholarship money to that University seemed (at the time) to be illusive. Kids from deprived backgrounds but with limitless potential should not have their aspirations dashed due to lack of financial resources. So I see a need to expand scholarship(s) until a better path (financial resource) to higher ed comes along. I am from that cohort that believes that higher education should be "free". The payback is incalculable.

    Walter L. Wilson, FAIA
    Glendale, WI

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    Walter Wilson FAIA
    Glendale WI
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  • 13.  RE: AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

    Posted 08-31-2020 19:02
    Is there a COF scholarship fund?  Can we set one up?





  • 14.  RE: AIA COF Diversity Scholarship

    Posted 08-31-2020 19:44
    Thanks to Rosa Sheng, I found the link to the COF scholarship and I made a donation!