In 2020, following the unjust murder of George Floyd, NOMA NW set forth to create a framework that would help lay the foundation for a truly unified and anti-racist AEC and design community in the Pacific Northwest. This framework was our Call-to-Action (CTA), which is a voluntary and aspirational effort for AEC firms to challenge themselves to change their current practices around supporting, recruiting, retaining, and promoting BIPOC professionals and support staff. The CTA officially ended at the start of this year with the hopes that firms would continue on the work themselves. NOMA NW analyzed the CTA results and assembled the data to show the progress of Pacific Northwest firms over the past two years. This presentation will address the impacts of our CTA on the AEC community, focusing on results and successes, challenges, lessons learned, and advice for individuals or firms looking to implement a similar program. Following the presentation, we will lead a short discussion with firms that participated in the CTA. They will share what their experience was like, how they improved, and what their continuing efforts will be to better support the BIPOC professionals and community and become a better co-conspirator.
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