The NOMAKC Advocacy Committee serves as a platform to raise awareness and tackle the issues that minority design professionals must contend with daily. Our focus areas include professional development, accountability, and empowerment.
We believe that by learning to talk comfortably about the uncomfortable topics of our time, we then begin to understand the problems surrounding race, gender, ignorance, culture, why people react as they do, and what to do about it. We also hold ourselves and our partners accountable for what is discussed, so words can be put into action and our members grow in the industry. Dedicated to NOMAKC’s mission statement, the Advocacy Committee strives to empower members and allies to explore and implement meaningful resolutions to the very issues that have created a need for NOMA.
Professional Development: Growth
This objective focuses on offering opportunities to individuals to help promote self-development by identifying and offering skills that can be taught. Programs: Redline Workshops and Career Building Series
This objective focuses on programs that help sustain members within the AEC industry to provide support to help further their career paths. Programs: Licensure Support Program and Mentorship Program
This objective focuses on uplifting members and the community by fostering areas for people to come together to address current, past and future issues that are faced amongst minorities within the AEC industry. Programs: Coffee Talks, Empower Series, and NOMA Wikipedia
MEMBERSHIP: The Mission of the Membership Committee promote all aspects of membership, including member benefits, retention and education, recruiting new members, and promoting NOMA KC's goal and mission within our local design community. The committee develops new member recruitment ideas and events throughout the year and coordinate with the Executive Committee on membership goals.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: The Education and Outreach Committee’s (EOC) mission is to reinforce the chapters focus on championing diversity, inclusion and equity and applying it to the youth of the Kansas City. The committee will strive to target areas of the community that may be under served and expose area youth to the design and construction field. We will build and reinforce connections with S.T.E.A.M. scholars and post-secondary institutions in our area. It is our desire to be the pillar that supports the change within the realm of design that we as professionals see a need for.