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How do you find a fellow architect/architecture student who has found their path and has also faced discriminatory odds?


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Paul’s Answer

I am also sorry to hear you're in this situation. I would agree with much of Michele's advice for connecting with alumni and architects through LinkedIn. Another couple of ideas are to take a look at the Mentorship program through AIA Cleveland. If you are not already a member there are usually discounted rates for students. Additionally the AIA has dedicated efforts toward Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - this page might might give you other ideas for next steps or people to contact.

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Mentorship program page through AIA Cleveland: https://www.aiacleveland.com/mentor
AIA Equity, diversity and inclusion page: https://www.aia.org/resources/24301-equity-diversity-and-inclusion

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Michele’s Answer

I am sorry that you are finding yourself in this situation. The answer is network, network, network. Utilize LinkedIn to connect with alumni from your university within your major. Also connect with architects that you admire. Send a connection request, with a personalized message saying something along these lines: "I am an architecture student at XYZ University. I have a lot of questions regarding growing my career and am wondering if we could set up a virtual coffee chat." Once you establish a relationship you can get into discussing those challenges you are facing. Remember that no matter what the challenge you are facing is, you need to be professional. The people you are connecting with could potentially help you land a job.

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