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AIA Diversity Statement

“Diversity is a cultural ethos embraced by AIA membership to foster inclusion, service and a quality of life in celebration of all communities in our society.  This is regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation or identity, age, geography, intellectual or practice area"

AIA Public Policy

Leadership in design and construction requires collaboration. Architects must encourage and celebrate the contributions of those who bring diverse experiences, views, and needs into the design process.

AIA Position Statements

Civil Rights: The AIA supports the protection of the human dignity and self-worth of all persons and calls for fair, impartial, unbiased, and nonprejudicial treatment of all persons in every employment, social, and business transaction.

Diversity: The AIA believes that diversity is a cultural ethos—a way of thinking or acting that fosters inclusion, enhancing our membership, our profession, and the quality of life in our communities. Embracing this culture of diversity, all programs and initiatives of the AIA and its members shall reflect the society that we serve, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious belief, geographic location or practice.

AIA Definitions

Diversity is the mix of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, age, practice, geography, programs and organizations. This mixture brings a richness of perspectives, talents and ideas to the AIA and the profession.

Inclusiveness is the intentional act of being open, reaching out, removing barriers, and creating an environment so that all members of an organization can achieve their fullest potential.

Representation is the count and proportion of groups of individuals by demographic characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, age, practice, geography, programs and organizations.

Diversity management is a skill or competency building process to equip the AIA and its members to manage the strategic mixture that involves differences or complexities including people, programs and organizations.

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