COMMITTEES
JUSTICE EQUITY DIVERSITY INCLUSIVITY (JEDI)

AIA-LA & SO-CAL NOMA | J.E.D.I

What is J.E.D.I?

A joint AIA|LA and SoCal NOMA committee with the purpose of advancing issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession where:

JUSTICE is acknowledging and denouncing racism, removing barriers, and promoting equitable opportunities in the profession for all individuals;

EQUITY is allocating resources to ensure every practitioner has access to the same opportunities and outcomes;

DIVERSITY is encompassing an array of practitioners who represent varied experiences and perspectives;

INCLUSION is fostering a sense of belonging for all voices and perspectives to feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued to fully participate.

J.E.D.I Committee’s Mission/Function:
We seek to advance issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession. The committee can find itself most productive as a body to listen and understand the deeper issues, to facilitate and inspire commitment and action, to develop programs and initiatives that influence mission-congruent decisions, and to demonstrate progress through findings of measuring, reporting and accountability tools.


EVENTS + INITIATIVES
10.14.20
The Architects' Los Angeles Voter Guide Roundtable
Join us at this virtual roundtable as we break down which of the propositions and measures that we feel effect the built environment and our industry the most.
10.12.20
LatinX Journeys in Architecture
Join the JEDI Committee for the first in a series of programs focused on the Latinx experience in Architecture.
09.30.20
Re-Imagine LA (Measure J) and the Architect's Role in Supporting a More Equitable City
We challenge you to join us in our fight for transformative change to the systems and built environment that have historically left so many communities underserved.

09.02.20 + 09.03.23
Be at Encompass
Refocus commitment to environmental justice, equity, diversity and inclusion: join your colleagues answering the urgent need to accelerate change and create places for everyone to belong, contribute and succeed.
JEDI INITIATIVE
AIALA JEDI Committee Launches GOTV
Since 2013, the simple act of voting has been hindered and blocked in several states, as governments enact new voting requirements, purge voter rolls, close voting locations, and spread misinformation. Please join us in our efforts to “Get Out the Vote!”
09.19.20
Prop 16 and the Impacts on Black Owned Architecture Firms
This panel explores the historical context that existed pre-Prop 209, what changes fell upon architecture firms owned by Black and underrepresented people of color after Prop 209 was passed and what the future may look like upon the repeal of Prop 209 via Prop 16 that is on the California state ballots in November.

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
CO-CHAIR
Leslie Sydnor, AIA
CO-CHAIR
Joshua A. Foster, NOMA, Assoc. AIA
VICE CHAIR
Ziba Ghassemi, AIA
VICE CHAIR
Genelle Brooks-Petty, NOMA, Assoc. AIA

CREDITS
PHOTO: Banner: Kaiser Permanente, Kraemer Radiation Oncology Center. Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design. Detail of image by: Bruce Damonte