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In this video, founding member Gary Nelson discusses how our chapter got started
“NOMA in one word means to me: Oasis. It is a place where I can 100% be myself, 100% keep it real”
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Growing up in the Florida panhandle, Smith experienced racism in ways that reverberate with him to this day.
By the grace of God, his family survived through difficult times, Smith said, adding that culturally, “we’ve seen changes but there’s still a lot of work to do.”
On October 6th, 2023, Say it Loud Arizona made its debut at the AIA Arizona State Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. This is an example of the collaborative relationship that our chapter has been nurturing over the past few years. The exhibit was well received and was...
Hello all and welcome to the 2023 Coffee Talks recap!To start, what are Coffee Talks? Coffee Talks are a casual get-together at revolving coffee shops around the valley. Each Coffee Talk has a different topic to be the point of the discussion and is intended to be an...
In 2023, our chapter hosted two Project Pipeline camps, which was quite an accomplishment. The first was at St. Michael School in St. Michael, Arizona. This was the first camp of this kind to take place in the Navajo Nation. We had 16 campers, with four volunteers...
Our chapter is proud to announce that we were awarded Large Chapter of the Year at the 2022 NOMA International Conference in Nashville, TN !🙌🏿🙌🏾🙌🏽🙌🏼🙌🏻🙌 Additionally, founding member Gary Nelson received the prestigious...
Request an in-person or virtual presentation of these points at your firm/organization by contacting email@example.com 1. Acknowledgement of historic and current systemic and institutional racism and gender inequality in...
10 Action Points for Real Change in the Design and Construction Industry
Acknowledgement of historic and current systemic and institutional racism and gender inequality in the United States.
This is the most important, the other 9 points will not matter unless there is acknowledgement (much like an addict that needs to realize their addiction before recovery).
No longer use the phrase “politically
It’s about doing the right thing and treating everyone with dignity and respect.
Instill hiring & recruiting practices that are more obiective for initial consideration, reach out to more diverse schools/ programs to recruit qualified staff that also increases diversity.
A no tolerance policy of racial/sexual/LGBTQ/religious disrespect and harassment.
Consequences not ;ust for staff but also clients, consultants or upper management (e.g. a principal). It should no longer be tolerated due to revenue, bringing profit or clients to the firm, a current practice in some firms.
Allow open dialogue, encourage listening and understanding
This will be uncomfortable for some staff. Firms must take the initiative to become more educated on the challenges of minorities & women not just in the profession but also in their communities.
Eliminate subjective promotions and partnerships.
Provide actual identified measurable metrics and paths towards upper management and leadership for all staff.
Mentor all staff that have expressed interest in “next levels”.
“If they see or hear something, say something!”
Each staff members should be their brother and sister’s keeper regarding any observation of disrespect due to race, gender, religion or sexual orientation inside and outside the workplace.
Treat people as YOU want to be treated. “
NOMAarizona is deeply saddened by the rising acts of verbal abuse and physical violence against our sisters and brothers in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. We firmly stand in solidarity with our AAPI community against all types of intolerance, racism and gender inequality.
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