April 22, 2012
By Laurence E. Parisi, AIA
On Wednesday April 11, 2012 AIA-NJ inaugurated its first Diversity Day. Spearheaded by Diversity Day Chairperson, Yogesh Mistry, AIA, the event was well attended by students, professors, architects and special guests. Held at The New Jersey School of Architecture, NJIT, the program was ground breaking for AIA-NJ and the dialogue among students of architecture and the special invited guests was riveting.
Inclusion is the word, facilitating each and every one to stand up and be special. Especially stimulating was having Sherry D. Snipes, Director of Diversity and Inclusion from AIA National, Washington D.C. Additional guests included Ms. Carol Kurth, FAIA, who owns and operates a highly successful women’s architectural practice in Bedford, NY. Ms. Kurth is also instrumental in forming and supporting women in architecture in the Westchester area.
Other guests included William Brown III, AIA President of NOMA the National Organization of Minority Architects, Ravi Shenoy, PE Past President of the Society of Indo American Engineers & Architects, Manuel J. Pereiras, AIA Society of Cuban American Architects and Engineers, Vicky Tran, NJIT-AIAS President, Jane F. Gaertner, Associate Director of Career Development Services NJIT and Joyce Raspa, AIA, Esq. AIANJ Regional Diversity Chairperson. Also in attendance was Jerry Eben, AIA NJ Regional Director. We all had a great time and look forward to this event being held bi-annually. Be inspired, join us and show your true colors.
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