HTA share journey to equality and mark the end of Race Equality Week

As the working week for Race Equality Week comes to an end, HTA wanted to share our journey over the last year. 

In May 2020, following the murder of George Floyd we acknowledged the need for us to support our Black members of staff. This sparked a number of important conversations and led to the birth of our BLACC@hta in June 2020.

In July 20, we conducted our first Race Diversity Survey to help us gain a clearer picture of your experiences and views concerning race and racism. Survey feedback was reported and discussed at our Board and Associates Board and the outcome has be fed into our overall EDI Strategy & Action Plans.

We produced a BLM Special Edition of our EDI newsletter – The Neighbourhood, sharing an update on our activity and useful educations resources and events

During last Autumn, we organised and attended various Race Awareness raising training events, which included:

  • Anti-Racism training with Abi Adamson.
  • Inclusive Leadership Programme with Danna Walker – 3 part programme attended by our Partners        and Associates.

During Black History Month in October 2020, we were proud to raise awareness of Wear it Red Day and highlight and celebrate the achievements and talents of members of our staff from Black backgrounds. 

We have welcomed colleagues from external networks to contribute to our Tuesday Talk Programme, such as Shawn Adams and Ben from POoR Collective and Selasi Setufe from Black Females in Architecture (BFA) , Neil Onions from Beyond the Box , sharing details of their social value activities relevant to our work and industry. We are also pleased to have the opportunity of supporting the People’s Pavilion Programme that Neil Onions is organising, and both Beyond the Box and POoR Collective joined the HTA team in our recent longlisted bid for Thamesmead Waterside.

We are delighted to continue our work with Blueprint for All (formally the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust), as part of their Building Futures Programme, providing career support, mentoring and guidance to members of their cohorts, as well as working in collaborating with Urban (#bemoreinclusive) programme to provide employment opportunities to Part 1 and 2 Architectural Assistants, which we are extremely proud of and have had the pleasure in welcoming new members to our team over the past few years.

We are committed towards creating positive change by proactively breaking down some of the barriers Black & People of Colour have been proven to face in both education and employment. We know that meaningful change doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a long journey that HTA is dedicated to #raceequalityweek #equality

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