Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

We put an emphasis on creating a culture of belonging at our firm.  By thinking and acting with the intention of diversity, equity, and inclusion, we aim to make impactful changes within Kahler Slater, our profession, and the communities we serve. 

We encourage sharing unique perspectives with openness and celebrating our differences because we believe they are our strengths.  We ask our team members to have the courage to not know, ask questions, and seek answers together.  Our firm takes a proactive approach to DEI and recognize that like many design firms, we have an opportunity to improve each day in our journey in creating an equitable world. 

Our Learning Journey

Where we are going and why.

Our vision is to make impactful changes by thinking and acting with the intention of inclusivity in all we do. This means we actively work to create a workplace where diversity, equity, and inclusion are evident and multifaceted. 

Social Awareness

Activate collective dialogue and community

Self Awareness

Reflection and cognitive disruption

Relationship Management

Inclusive collaboration that sparks innovation

Self Management

Confidence and competence to embed inclusion & equity everyday

Educating Our Team

We engage consultants throughout the year to provide formal DEI training opportunities to support and enhance effectiveness, leadership development, and communication across the firm. All employees – including new hires, leadership, and staff members – are given the opportunity for training. 

Designing with Awareness

We understand that our role as designers means we have the ability to create more equitable environments and experiences for our clients and the communities we serve.  From encouraging teams which are diverse in thought, experience, and identity, to exploring ways to deepen community participation and feedback, we actively seek ways to integrate DEI into the fabric of our design process.

Supporting Industry Change

We are proud sponsors of local National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) chapters in each of our office locations and proudly engage NOMAS interns on our projects as possible. We have taken the Wisco-NOMA DEI Challenge in order to measure our progress and identify tangible ways to improve.