Participate on the OAA Roundtable on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


Call for Students: Participate on the OAA Roundtable on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Virtual Event to Take Place in November or Early December

The OAA is seeking Student Associates and other students enrolled in a Canadian faculty, department, or school offering a professional degree in architecture accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) to participate in a facilitated Roundtable to address issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion within the architectural profession. The OAA has retained Equity Rights Specialist Nicole Bernhardt to assist in the development of this event.  

We are looking to schedule a Virtual Roundtable for students in November or early December over the Zoom platform. We expect to set aside about two hours for the event, with the discussion to be facilitated by Nicole. (Similar Roundtables are also scheduled for Intern Architects, as well as Licensed Members.) 

Select OAA staff and Council members would be in attendance, but otherwise the event would be accessible only to those who have indicated their interest in participating. Participants would be paid a modest honorarium for their contribution to the discussion. 

The objective of the Roundtable is to produce a report with a summary of the group’s discussion, and recommendations for how the OAA can implement change moving forward.  

The OAA is hoping to start conversations that will promote a better understanding of issues and raise actionable and impactful strategies to enact meaningful change. Broadly speaking, the following topics and themes will help ground the conversations:

  • Educating for Change;
  • Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Diverse Talent;
  • Building Communities of Support; and
  • The Role of the OAA.

The OAA recognizes its public interest mandate is best realized when its members reflect the society it serves. To that end, the OAA must continuously strive to eliminate barriers to work and advance within the profession on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical abilities, or religious practices.  

If you are committed to principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and if you have insights and experiences that would be valuable to the discussion, please contact OAA Deputy Registrar Claire Hepburn with a brief statement of interest that includes reasons why you would like to participate by Friday, October 9. 

If you prefer to share your views and ideas through another forum, the OAA is also inviting students to submit written feedback and submissions, which will form part of a larger report and recommendations about how to advance an equitable and anti-racist profession. The final Roundtable Report would then be published on the OAA Website. Written submissions should be sent to by Friday, November 27.