February 23rg Virtual Panel Discussion

Education and Empowerment: Growing the Minority Pipeline

Join Meghana Joshi, Director of EDI+J AIA Orange County to celebrate Black History Month on Feb 23rd, 5-6 PM with a virtual panel discussion “Education and Empowerment: Growing the Minority Pipeline”.

Eletrice Harris, VP SoCal NOMA, and Tiara Hughes, Founder of First 500 and Co-Chair of Elevate NOMA will share their thoughts on how we can utilize programs such as Project Pipeline and First 500 to initiate and nurture interest in the profession of architecture during Middle School and High School, mentor college students and empower emerging professionals. Tiara Hughes will also share her unique experience as Commissioner with the City of Chicago Landmarks Commission in declaring Emmett Till’s Chicago home a historic landmark. Eletrice Harris will share her unique experiences of breaking gender and race stereotypes about architects through Boot Camps/ Workshops for middle/high school students.


Feb 23 2021


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 23 2021
  • Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


AIA Orange County


AIA Orange County

AIA Orange County (AIAOC), a Chapter of The American Institute of Architects, was established in 1952 by 18 members. It is a tribute to the dynamic growth of this unique area that this chapter is now the third-largest chapter in the state of California. AIA ORANGE COUNTY is dedicated to serving the architectural profession. We provide value through our programs and resources, which empower architects and design professionals in service to the community.


  • Eletrice Harris
    Eletrice Harris
    VP SoCal NOMA

    Eletrice Harris is a proud native Chicagoan. As the SoCal NOMA Summer Camp Director and the SoCal Student Chapter Liaison, as well as SoCal NOMA Vice President, Eletrice dedicates her time and talent to make sure that every student from middle school all the way through grad school not only knows about architecture but also believes they can become an architect.

    The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) is bipartisan in nature. It consists of both professional chapters, designated as NOMA chapters, and student chapters, designated as NOMAS chapters. Both sectors of the organization are unified under the umbrella of NOMA. NOMA has as its mission the building of a strong national organization, strong chapters, and strong members for the purpose of minimizing the effect of racism in our profession.

  • Tiara Hughes
    Tiara Hughes
    Senior Urban Designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

    A St. Louis native, now based in Chicago, Tiara Hughes is a Senior Urban Designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, a Commissioner with the City of Chicago Landmarks Commission, and a real estate professional.

    She is a devoted activist, educator, and advocate for underrepresented communities and voices, and currently serves on the national board for NOMA and is the founder of FIRST 500, an initiative focused on raising awareness of the importance of Black women architects throughout history. Tiara is a believer in giving back to her community, serving as a co-leader of SOM’s ACE Mentorship program in Chicago, a member of the Chicago Central Area Committee, and in NAACP’s ACT-SO Program.

    As a designer, Tiara is driven by creating work that emphasizes greater socioeconomic equity and cultural awareness. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Drury University.

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