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Observations | Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Resource List

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We’ve been listening at Bailey Edward and we want to share what we’ve heard. Our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion working group has put together the following list of books, essays, films, podcasts, and resources to help understand the injustices minorities face and the steps we can take to begin to make our industry, our city, and our country a better place. Whether you’re looking for something to listen during your morning commute, something to read on your lunch break, or something to watch on the couch with your family, take a moment to listen with us:

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The Pink Ceiling: Lessons in Organizational Diversity by Todd Arwood
“History clearly exemplifies the discrimination and limited career opportunities of women and minorities; Gay or Lesbian workers face coterminous challenges. The concept of a glass ceiling has been proven and validated for women and minorities of color. This research was conducted on a similar ceiling (the pink ceiling) and how it directly impacts homosexuals in the workplace. This groundbreaking research is critical to understanding what barriers Gays or Lesbians experience when trying to penetrate the next level of leadership in an organization. The purpose of this research was to: explore the workplace experiences of Gay men and Lesbian women, identify if perceived discrimination occurs in their attempts to reach higher levels of responsibilities in their organizations, and to determine if there is a relationship between Gay and Lesbian workplace experiences and the research published on the glass ceiling women face in the workplace.” - Ahmed Constable, Architect

A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“In this ‘urgently relevant’* collection featuring the landmark essay “The Case for Reparations,” the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath”*—including the election of Donald Trump.” - Damon Wilson, Architect

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo

An Indigenous People’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
“In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Shockingly, as the genocidal policy reached its zenith under President Andrew Jackson, its ruthlessness was best articulated by US Army general Thomas S. Jesup, who, in 1836, wrote of the Seminoles: “The country can be rid of them only by exterminating them.” - Damon Wilson, Architect

Ghosts in the Schoolyard by Eve L. Ewing

Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

The Beast by Oscar Martinez

Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture by Ed Morales

Underground America by Peter Orner

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

Me and White Supremacy  by Layle F. Saad
“Based on the original workbook, Me and White Supremacy leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on Black, Indigenous and People of Color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. The book goes beyond the original workbook by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and includes expanded definitions, examples, and further resources.” - Damon Wilson, Architect

Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City by Richard Sennett

...And Other Such Stories by Paulo Tavares

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

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“Black America Speaks. America Should Listen.” by Byron Allen
“Ten concrete ways to help people of color achieve equality and create "One America" as envisioned by MLK.” - Ania Brau, Interior Designer

“Sexual Orientation and Leadership: The Pink Ceiling” by Todd Arwood

"Addressing Racial Equity With an Organizational Change Lens” by Yaro Fong-Olivares

“Why Diversity in Architecture Matters for Communities and the Bottom Line” by Taz Khatri

“Where Are the Women? Measuring Progress on Gender in Architecture” by Kendall A. Nicholson, Ed.D., Assoc. AIA, NOMA, LEED GA

"Un-making ARCHITECTURE: An anti-racist architecture manifesto” by WAI Architecture Think Tank

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“AIA, NOMA, and other organizations issue statements of solidarity with Black community” by AIA

“NOMA and the AIA Large Firm Roundtable Strengthen Ties to Combat Racism in Architecture” by Architect Magazine

“AIA, NOMA, and other organizations issue statements of solidarity with Black community” by Antionio Pacheco, Archinect  

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The 13th by Ava DuVernay

Selma by Ava DuVernay
“Great film about the civil rights movement specifically Martin Luther King Junior's involvement in the march in Selma, Alabama which helped herald the Voting Rights Act. Rewatching this film reaffirmed for me how far we still have to go in regards to equal rights for people of color. 1965 looks eerily similar to 2020. People are fed up, standing up to be heard, and demanding change. It's time for another major move in the right direction.” - Ania Breau, Interior Designer

Architecture is for Everyone by Eskew Dumez Ripple

Just Mercy by Destin Daniel Cretton & Andrew Lanham
“I thought this was a very well-done movie. Based on the book by Bryan Stevenson, it taught me about the extremely corrupt system that lead to so many innocent deaths by execution in this country. It has definitely shaped my view on capital punishment and how our justice system must be reformed to eliminate the death and destruction of innocent lives.” - Ellie Selzer, Designer

Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee

LA 92 by National Geographic Documentary

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Intersectionality Matters! By AAPF & Kimberlé Crenshaw

1619 by the New York Times
This Podcast has taught me so much about the history of this country and its true foundation; built on the backs of slaves brought over from their home countries. Listening to this has really helped shape my understanding of how easily history can be written to the benefit of the oppressor. - Ellie Selzer, Designer

Code Switch by NPR

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400 Forward
“Providing free art & architectural summer camps and workshops that feature local city-builders, makers, artists, musicians, and dancers, creating presentations and art installations. They provide participation in summer festivals and design summits hosted in Detroit showcasing the work of the youth. They also connect girls to mentors in cities across the country.” - Ellie Selzer, Designer

ACE Mentor Program Chicago

American Society for Engineering Education Diversity Initiatives

Beyond the Built Environment “Beyond the Built Environment (BBE) addresses the inequitable disparities in architecture by providing a holistic platform created to support many stages of the architecture pipeline. They advocate for equity in the built environment through their approach named "the triple E, C". The triple E, C method is a strategy to: Engage, Elevate, Educate, and Collaborate. They elevate the identities and contributions of minority architects and designers through curated lectures, exhibitions, and documentaries that demonstrate the value of their built work and its spatial impact. BBE educates the masses through formal and informal learning opportunities that introduce architecture as a bridge to fill the gaps of inequity. They also collaborate with community stakeholders and organizations to crowdsource information and promote opportunities to advocate for equitable and reflectively diverse environments.” - Lauren Garriott, Designer

Bridge Mentorship Program

"DAARNA consists of a diverse team of educators, Architects, designers and activists who believe social equity and community-based designs can act as solutions to end displacement. They partner with refugees, local communities, and activists to provide needed resources that can empower refugees to find the sense of home. Their work includes hosting training sessions and educational/vocational workshops to provide supplies and resources as well as to build physical spaces that fit the communities’ needs." - Lauren Garriott, Designer

The Pipeline by I-NOMA
“Created by NOMA, the Project Pipeline programming is designed to educate and mentor students as they go through the challenges of becoming a licensed architect. They inspire under-served and under-represented youth through workshops, field trips, and an annual architectural summer camp. In high school they are given the opportunity to enhance their understanding of design, community responsibility, and construction through a Design-Build program.” - Lauren Garriott, Designer

Rebuilding Together

Urban Arts Collective
“Urban Art Collective's mission is to effectively engage, equip, and encourage underrepresented communities to explore S.T.E.A.M. careers. Through innovative programming, their vision is to increase the recruitment, retention, and overall success of underrepresented communities in S.T.E.A.M. related careers.” - Ellie Selzer, Designer

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Design for Change by AIA

Equity, diversity, and inclusion by AIA
“At Bailey Edward, we align with the AIA in being ‘committed to broadening equity, diversity, and inclusion to create a stronger profession.’” - Ellie Selzer, Designer

Guides for Equitable Practice by AIA
“The AIA has made a comprehensive site for all firms to use as a guideline for creating more equitable and inclusive practices both through their work and their culture.” - Ellie Selzer, Designer

Increasing Diversity in Architecture by Alice Liao
“This three-part series addresses ways to make our profession more representative and inclusive, focusing on obstacles that minorities and other underserved populations face in identifying architecture as a plausible career, improving representation in the profession through programs and entry points offered by industry and non-profit organizations across the country, and improving representation in the building profession through programs organized by firms to diversify their talent pool and future leadership.” - Ellie Selzer, Designer

9 (Free!) Online Classes for Managers Who Care About Diversity and Inclusion by Alyse Kalish

Racial Justice Resources by Art Institute Chicago

Ways You Can Help Black Lives Matter by Black Lives Matter
“As a young, white female, I am often finding myself overwhelmed and it is sometimes difficult to organize and understand all of the information that I am learning (or unlearning) about my place in society today and how my life impacts the BIPOC community without even realizing it. This link has tons of great resources for donations, education and action to help support the Black Lives Matter movement in Chicago today.” - Ellie Selzer, Designer

Bad Robot’s Guide to Dismantling White Supremacy at Work by The Good Robot Team
“’At Bad Robot, we are committed as storytellers and executives to dismantling white supremacy at work and at large,’ the document reads. ‘With this ever-evolving and far from complete guide, we hope to share some resources to explore and navigate this time for ourselves and with each other as we strive to do the delicate, raw, humbling, and enraging work of anti-racism.’ The guide features articles to read, videos to watch, podcasts to listen to, movies to view, and important Black voices to follow on social media. There is also a guide to anti-racist vocabulary, details of what you should do as a manager at work, and a list of ways people can help the cause.” - Damon Wilson, Architect

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