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.

We all had a great time and look forward to this event beingheld bi-annually. Be inspired, join us and show your true colors.

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

Jane F.  Gaertner, Associate Director of Career Development Services NJIT

Joyce Raspa, AIA, Esq. AIANJ Regional Diversity Chairperson

Jerry Eben, AIA NJ Regional Director

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