Equity, Diversity, + Inclusion Committee

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) committee seeks to create awareness and promote efforts that will set a standard for an equitable, diverse, and inclusive profession. Planned programming supports the EDI agenda set forth by the AIA on a national scale. The AIA Guides for Equitable Practice serves as a resource for the committee but also for ALL firms. For more information on the national guides please visit this website.

Co-chairs: Rich Vilabrera Jr, Assoc. AIA, and Erin Roark, AIA

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Jan - April 2022: Culture Change Initiative 

In response to broad membership desire, the EDI Committee is initiating the Culture Change Initiative (CCI) in 2022, an annual series of workshops to support chapter members and firms who want to learn more about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  

The first round of CCI workshops will take place virtually, between January and  May 2022, led by clinical community psychologist and facilitator Kumea Shorter-Gooden. This confidential application will be used to form a cohort of 22 people from the Philadelphia architecture community to commit to five 4.5 hour sessions. 

The overall aim of CCI is to build the capacity of AIA Philadelphia members to center an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) lens in their work and to become champions and agents of change with respect to EDI in architecture. The sessions will enhance your skills in identifying and addressing implicit biases and microaggressions, foster the development of an “equity lens”, and increase your facility in engaging in difficult conversations. 



Commitment: Five virtual 4.5 hour sessions (one per month) from January - May 2022. MUST ATTEND ALL SESSIONS:

January 28

February 11

March 4

March 25

April 29

Event Cost: $500 for Architects (licensed and non-licensed) / $600 for Non- AIA members. Limited scholarships are available.

CES/LUs: 20 (pending)

Application Deadline: December 31, 2021

Application Link