Diversity is the quality of difference among individuals, and the celebration of the differences that they represent. It includes visible differences such as age, gender, ethnicity and physical appearance, as well as unseen differences such as thinking styles, religion, nationality, sexual orientation and education.
Inclusion means creating a working culture where differences are valued and where everyone has the opportunity to develop skills and talents consistent with AIA values and business objectives. The aim is to make AIA an organization where members and employees feel involved, respected, and connected to each other and the institutional culture as a whole.
We are actively engaged in furthering and supporting multiple initiatives and goals such as the Equity in Architecture Commission, K-12 strategies, Women Leadership and Multicultural Summits that value EDI for people of all backgrounds.
Did you know that preschool students are more likely to be expelled than students in any other grade? Often, we are trying to bring equality into the early childhood education industry when we should be bringing equity into these settings.
Fortunately, there is a way to combat this tendency. Our Director of Special Projects, Fannie Glover, has a variety of trainings to address the inequities in the early childhood education field. Please contact Fannie Glover here to learn about how you can make a difference in early childhood education.
In the meantime, please read about the definitions of equity, diversity and inclusion that are shown below.
Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement of all
individuals. To stand for equity is to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of historically underserved and underrepresented individuals and groups. To pursue equity is to ensure that all individuals have the tools and access they need to accomplish their goals.
EQUITY, DIVERSITY, & INCLUSION
*From the Interaction Institute for Social Change