The DEI College & University Challenge promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion offering principles and actions that will steer institutions toward creating a more inclusive experience for students of color and underrepresented groups. The challenge promotes access and equity in architecture education with 16 actions and 185 potential points to affect positive change and create a culture of inclusion.
Promote equity and pursue inclusion for those most underrepresented in architecture by seeking out and recruiting students of color and underrepresented groups.
Provide need-based support and scholarships to students of color and underrepresented groups.
Engage in community outreach programs that promote and introduce architecture to underrepresented groups and students of color.
Require diversity education and training for all faculty, staff, and the Board of Trustees starting this upcoming academic year and on a biennial basis.
Engage in inclusive hiring and recruitment practices for all faculty and staff. Giving weight to and support applicants from underrepresented groups with regard to race, ability, socioeconomic class, and gender.
Commit to diversify the points of view within your school or department across juries, public programs, and reviews to represent the broad range of races and ethnicities of people in the world.
Encourage diversity among the voices invited, including non-academics, practitioners, non-architects, and community leaders.
Identify and implement curriculum changes to prioritize an inclusive and anti-racist learning environment.
Diversify the race, ethnicity, nationality, and gender identity of reading lists, precedents, and significant artists and architects shared in the studio environment.
Reshape curricula to reflect and honor the contributions of indigenous and people of color.
Promote and provide incentives for students and faculty research across broad cultures, communities, and geographies to benefit underrepresented communities.
Support Black and underrepresented people of color in their career development within the profession through mentorship. Connect students to an existing program or establish a new one.
Increase level of engagement between faculty, staff, students and the community. Create opportunities for developing active partnerships with institutions, schools, and organizations that serve underrepresented communities in your area.
Engage with the student body for feedback and accountability regarding all actions taken toward diversity, equity and inclusion in the architecture education at your institution.
Provide access to tools and school resources that support academic and professional growth for black students and underrepresented people of color.
Join NOMA and establish a campus student club NOMAS that supports national and local initiatives. (Yearly membership renewal of club members)
We thank you for your action towards increasing the diversity of architecture education and the profession.
We thank you for helping to make it a more equitable and inclusive industry for all of us!
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