Nearly One-Third of Architectural Employees Have Experienced or Witnessed Discrimination, NCARB/NOMA Survey Finds | New

An NCARB/NOMA survey found that people of color, especially African Americans, are more likely to report issues related to their architectural firm’s culture. The The corporate culture and career development report is the latest analysis articulating the results of the joint NCARB/NOMA study Membership baseline survey of biases and barriers in the profession. The survey received over 5,000 complete responses after it was released in early 2020.

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The latest report, which focused almost exclusively on applicants currently on the path to licensure, found that 24% of African American respondents had considered leaving the profession due to their company culture, 14% more than their white peers. Compared to white respondents, African American respondents were also 12% less likely to say they felt like they belonged at their company and 10% less likely to feel valued.

In particular, African American women were more likely to report obstacles in their business that limited their career advancement. 70% of African American women could not identify with people similar to themselves in leadership positions and were 23% less likely than their white male peers to say they were encouraged to apply for higher positions advances.

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29% of all survey respondents said they experienced or witnessed discrimination in the workplace, including 40% African American applicants and 26% white applicants. When gender is taken into account in the statistics, the gap widens further, with African American women being 28% more likely than white men to report having experienced or witnessed discrimination.

Race, age, and gender discrimination were the most common types of discrimination to report, with African American women 11% more likely than white men to report experiencing or witnessing racial discrimination and gender-based discrimination. age. White, Asian and African American women were also 10% more likely than white men to report experiencing or witnessing gender discrimination.

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The report’s data suggests that company size may impact racial disparities between licensure applicants, noting that many disparities between African American and white respondents were greater in large companies than in medium-sized companies. At large companies, African American employees were 12% more likely than their white peers to say diversity was a barrier to career advancement, 16% more likely to experience or witness discrimination, and 13% less likely to say that their corporate culture was diverse and understood.

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While approximately 70% of NCARB/NOMA survey respondents were on the path to licensure at the time of their participation, the report also contains data on the skewed advantages obtained by applicants after completing the way.

White men were more likely than their peers to report receiving benefits after getting a license, with African American women 8% likely to receive a raise, 12% less likely to access new opportunities, and 16% less likely to receive a promotion. Additionally, Latin applicants were the least likely of all groups to receive a post-licensing raise; 16% less likely than white men.

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In response to the latest findings, NCARB and NOMA outlined their next steps, which include “ongoing research, discussion and action” in areas such as supporting diversity, encouraging a license, overcoming obstacles in the corporate culture, combating discrimination and solving particular problems. concerning large companies.

Previous editions of NCARB/NOMA Membership baseline A study found that African-American women also face greater challenges in architectural education, and people of color and older applicants face greater barriers when undertaking the ARE.

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