Founded in the Spring of 2020, Equity in Lighting's (EIL) goal is to increase the diversity within the lighting community of NYC so it may better reflect the diversity of our country through the tools of outreach, educational events, and industry policy.
In partnership with the DLF NY, IALD NY, IES NYC, Parsons Lighting, NACLIQ, and WILD NYC, the EIL has tasked each of their partners to create 3-4 events that focus on diversity within their niche. The goal of these events is to show lighting through different perspectives so that we may become better designers, colleagues, and human beings.
The first initiative of EIL was to conduct a Diversity Baseline Survey for 2020. The survey had over 350 submissions and was monumental for ELD NYC's strategic plan to increase our community's diversity.
Knowledge of Lighting Industry
Our Current Focus
Currently, EIL has focused its efforts on removing the largest barriers of entry into the lighting community for underprivileged and marginalized communities.
The four largest barriers to entry into the lighting industry have been defined to be Lack of Knowledge of the Lighting Industry, Personal Finances, Sponsorship, and Education.
Image Credit: Left created by DPIcons, Middle created by Bjorn Andersson, Right created by Gregor Cresnar. All from Noun Project.
Plan of Attack
The EIL will focus on removing the top four barriers to entry with a mash of education, outreach, and policy within the NYC community.
With our partners, the EIL hopes to have 12-16 educational events and partner with six grade schools for presentations & workshops within 2021.
Ways to Get Involved
Principal Round Table
How can the principals at firms help remove the barriers into the lighting industry? We need help recruiting principals, developing the curriculum and topic leaders.
Needs Based Scholarship
There is currently only one needs based scholarship to help students pay for their lighting education. Our team needs help sourcing funding, and developing scholarships.
Post Secondary Presentations
Speak to post-graduate students in about the lighting industry and how they can pursue it as a career. We need presenters and university & college introductions.