Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Courtney Martin - The American Prospect - "Architecture's Diversity Problem"

Two blogs in one day! That is what a five hour plane ride will do! My brilliant writer friend Courtney Martin just sent me her latest article in the American Prospect. (click here )This is a must read! Courtney talks about some of the reasons for the lack of diversity in the field of architecture, and there are definite parallels to our findings in the financial arenas. She refers readers to this TOOLKIT for those striving for greater diversity and it is very good. (highlights below) Thanks Courtney for such a great piece.

What Can Small Firms Do? Here are some simple steps that small firms can take to become inclusive.
1. Look for a leadership champion. This should be a respected individual(s) at a senior level to champion diversity and inclusion.
2. Create a diversity statement and communicate the organizational views on diversity.
3. Communicate your diversity statement to clients
4. Provide ongoing diversity awareness training to all employees.
5. Start up a multi-cultural affinity group.
6. Implement cultural awareness days.
7. Invite individuals from local community groups to participate in lunch – n – learns to talk about their cultural traditions.
8. Recognize diverse holidays by posting diversity calendars on line or making them available to your employees.

Remember, diversity and inclusion should be treated as an ongoing process and an integral part of your business strategy. Therefore, diversity and inclusion is not a one shot deal.

More on Courtney Martin from AMAZON . She is the author of two books and countless articles.

- Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists
- Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women

2 comments:

Courtney said...

Thanks so much for the shout out Jacki! And, of course, all the work you do to level the playing field in so many contexts.

Benedicto XVI said...

"The rest of the body MaddiƩ McCann is in the Cemetery of Algarve, Portugal" http://Noticias-aunnodescubiertas.blogspot.com