Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect (DEIR) Committee

The IES Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect (DEIR) Committee was created to shape the internal and external systems, processes, and assumptions of the organization from the view of a newer, more inclusive lens.

IES DEIR Statement
IES Diversity | Equity | Inclusion | Respect
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    Lauren Dandridge Gains, Peter Hugh, Tanya HernandezLightfair.blog
    From the LightFair blog (February 24, 2021):

    Our vision of serving as a global platform for lighting innovation would not be possible without a vibrant and diverse lighting community offering a broad range of perspectives and expertise.

    In honor of Black History Month, we profile inspiring lighting industry leaders who share their views on representation, opportunity, diversity, inclusion, equality and offer glimpses into their own journey.

    We are grateful to Tanya Hernandez, Peter A. Hugh and Lauren Dandridge Gaines for participating in our series, and sharing their stories, voices and inspiration with us. Their thoughtful posts offer plenty to reflect on. While there are encouraging signs of positive change in our industry, true change only comes about when each one of us commits to being open-minded, checking inadvertent bias, and speaking up on behalf of someone who may not have representation at the table.

    Do check out the inspiring posts from each of these amazing lighting industry leaders and voices:

    IES Board of Directors and Staff Statement of Support for Black Lives

    To IES Members and the lighting community,

    George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others have lost their lives because they were Black. Murdered, because they were Black. Unfortunately, due to the deep-seated systemic racism that exists, unless we act now, there will likely be others. Read more

    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect (DEIR) Committee Scope

    Identify standards, best practices, and related frameworks governing Diversity and Inclusion globally, including:

    • Systems to provide opportunities for self-identification in data collection
    • Protocols for education, development, and implementation of the DEIR lens, specifically during the onboarding process for staff, members, and volunteers
    • Procedures for measurement of data to evaluate causation, correlation and progress
    • Identify and nurture meaningful and valuable partnerships with appropriate organizations
    • Identify channels and opportunities for articles, blogs, and posts on this topic within IES and with partner organizations
    • Develop and manage a virtual community(ies) around diversity, inclusion, and equity to drive member engagement and communication in a safe environment
    • Support relevant existing IES programs, events, and publications with a DEIR lens for improving messaging, materials, and opportunities for staff, members, and volunteers
    • Recommend to IES Board of Directors and Staff Liaison approaches to identify future potential volunteer leaders in underrepresented groups within IES current membership for sections, committees, and board positions.
    • Participate in educational opportunities at all levels of the Society as DEIR subject-matter experts at IES, IES-sponsored, IES-section, and non-IES events
    • Identify potential research topics within our industry and participate in research around DEIR issues
    Peter Hugh

    Peter Hugh, Committee Chair

    Hugh Lighting Design

    I joined this committee on the belief that the lighting profession is a better one when we are a profession of all people regardless of their diverse make up. The knowledge bases, experience, cultural values, and expertise that all people can bring when provided equal opportunities to contribute only further adds to the credibility and strength of the IES. As the nation, and indeed the world continues to evolve and become one world, the IES must similarly evolve and take a good hard look into the mirror, determine how we can grow in knowledge and tolerance to be a better Society and role model.

    Mariel Taviana Acevedo

    Mariel Taviana Acevedo

    SOLUS

    We cannot be the group that writes the Recommended Practices for lighting for everyone, when everyone is not part of the process. The needs and preferences of different groups need to be part of the scientific and academic studies, the voices and experiences of everyone need to be part of the committees and the faces of everyone should be part of our leadership, presenters and participants. Helping the IES establish policies that will make this happen is why I joined DEIR.

    Edward Bartholomew

    Edward Bartholomew

    Bartholomew Lighting

    I wanted to be a part of DEIR because it corresponds with what I have fought for and experienced my entire career.  To me, diversity is more than just increasing the proportion of non-white, non-male members of an organization. I believe that a design firm should have diverse and just practices. Diversity and inclusion are critical to a design practice that effectively furthers justice in demonstrable ways: The power, position, and influence of its leadership and staff. How it represents itself and promotes its values. The type of clients and projects it pursues or rejects. And, how it effectively serves under-represented communities through an inclusive design process with a genuinely diverse design team. Based on this definition, diversity as a practice is anti-racist.

    Bernadette Boudreaux

    Bernadette Boudreaux

    DLC

    In the future I will be graduating from the EP program and intent to establish myself as an industry recognized resource in relation to the DLC and other energy and diversity related activities. Since I have been fortunate to have great mentors/support, I intend to offer the same to the new generation of EPs by sharing experiences, knowledge, and resources. As a black woman, I have also recognized the need for more diversity and inclusion, and I intend to be a change-agent and very active in this arena for our industry. I want to be example to EPs and young brown girls that there is opportunity in lighting, and you can be successful. I hope to assist and work with the various organizations to ensure there are processes/tools in place that ensure more groups will be included and supported.

    Rita Harrold

    Rita Harrold

     

    Rita Harrold became the first woman President of the IES in 1985, seventy-nine years after the IES was established.

    James Potts

    James Potts

    Salty Raven

    I am serving on the DEIR committee as a liaison to the IES Board in my Board Officer role as Treasurer. My mission is to assist with needs that require Board interaction or communication to insure the success of the goals DEIR put forward. I am firm believer in this Committee and feel the needs to reach everyone that is participating, utilizing and influenced by the IES has fair and equal voice available to them. Focusing on equality for all is always something that should be continuously sought and improved as needed. IES is and will be available to all.

    Susanne Seitinger, PhD

    Susanne Seitinger, PhD

    Verizon

    As the new IES president, I'm honored to serve as a liaison to the DEIR committee. As a board member over the last several years, I've seen the Society pivot to a more open and inclusive approach to all our programming, policies and procedures. I'm also convinced that our strategic advocacy plan reflects this evolution and prepared us to make some decisive statements during the pandemic in response to protests on racial justice in 2020. I'm proud to have been part of these efforts in a small way and I appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow with the incredible founding members of the IES DEIR committee.

    Elizabeth Williams

    Elizabeth Williams

    Illuminart

    I know what it’s like to be disrespected, just for being who I am. I want to do everything I can to prevent others from feeling that way. I believe that diversity education, equity and inclusion must become integral to our professional environments, and that the key to doing so is making a commitment to ourselves and each other to listen, learn and grow from challenges. I am proud to embark on this vital endeavor with the IES DEIR Committee.

    EP Zoom Platinum Sponsor - $20,000

    What’s in it for you?

    •    Sponsor 5 Students/Emerging Professionals and the EP Day presentation platform
    •    Visibility and awareness before breakout rooms and throughout the event
    •    Opportunity to present a live or prerecorded personal closing message (15 seconds-1 minute duration)
    •    Shout-outs throughout the event
    •    Recognition as an EP Program Sponsor on all event communication
    •    Recognition on the IES Annual Conference homepage
    •    Recognition on the IES Annual Conference Emerging Professional homepage

    EP Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sponsor students and emerging professionals to attend the virtual Annual Conference event or the in-person Street & Area Lighting Conference. Student and EP recipients selected by Emerging Professional Committee.

    EP Breakout Room Sponsor - $8,000

    What do you get?

    •    Sponsor breakout room for live engagement and networking during EP Day
    •    Opportunity to present a live or prerecorded personal welcome message (15 seconds-1 minute duration)
    •    Visibility and awareness at the start of the schedule
    •    Personalized zoom backgrounds for moderators
    •    Recognition as an EP Program Sponsor on all event communication
    •    Recognition on the IES Annual Conference homepage
    •    Recognition on the IES Annual Conference Emerging Professional homepage
    •    Opportunity to provide personalized swag to attendees and moderators

    EP Game Sponsor - $5,000

    What are the benefits?

    •    Sponsor live interactive game session(s) during EP Day
    •    Ability to use your personal game hosting platform for the game session (IES can provide platform if needed)
    •    Be a Game Co-Host
    •    Opportunity to provide personalized swag or selection of IES publications as prize options

    1 X Event Sponsor - $5,000

    What’s in it for you?

    •    Visibility and awareness before breakout rooms and throughout the event – graphic image of logo
    •    Opportunity to submit a prerecorded personal opening/closing message (15 seconds-1 minute duration)
    •    Shout-outs throughout the event
    •    Recognition as a Leadership Forum Sponsor on all event communication
    •    Recognition on the Leadership Forum homepage

    6 X Breakout Room Sponsor - $1,000 – (1 for each of 6 Breakout Rooms)

    What do you get?

    •    Visibility and awareness at the start of the schedule – [verbal announcement/thank you]
    •    Personalized Zoom background for moderators – [moderators must use if provided by sponsor]
    •    Recognition as a Leadership Forum Sponsor on all event communication
    •    Recognition on the Leadership Forum homepage

    3 X Leadership Forum Kahoot Game Sponsor - $500

    What are the benefits?

    •    Sponsor live interactive Kahoot game session(s) during LF Day
    •    Be a Game Co-Host (optional)
    •    Recognition as a Leadership Forum Sponsor on all event communication
    •    Recognition on the Leadership Forum homepage

    1x Gold Sponsor- $25,000

    •    Recognition as a Gold Sponsor in a fourth (1/4) page placement for 2 months in LD+A magazine
    •    Recognition as Gold sponsor on event app and all event communication, excluding Registration and Daily Digest communications
    •    Full registration for two (2) to the Annual Conference
    •    Company logo and hyperlink placed on exhibitor page within event app

    2x Keynote Sponsor- $10,000

    •    2-3 minute Opening
    •    Introduce keynote speaker
    •    Company logo and hyperlink placed on exhibitor page within event app

    5x Virtual Break Sponsor - $6,000

    •    Provided graphic visible during break duration
    •    Recognition as Virtual Break sponsor on event app and all event communications, excluding Registration and Daily Digest communications
    •    Full Registration for one (1) to the Annual Conference

    1x Opening Session Sponsor- $5,000

    •    90-second video prior to session start
    •    Company logo and hyperlink placed on exhibitor page within event app

    1x Closing Session Sponsor- $5,000

    •    90-second video prior to session start
    •    Company logo and hyperlink placed on exhibitor page within event app

    1x Society Update Sponsor - $5,000

    •    Recognition as Society Update sponsor throughout web
    •    Recognition as Society Update sponsor on event app and all event communication, excluding Registration and Daily Digest communications
    •    Full registration for one (1) to attend the 2021 Annual Conference
    •    90-second video prior to session start

    1x Registration Sponsor - $5,000

    •    Visibility as sole sponsor on the registration page and in all registration focused communications
    •    Company logo and hyperlink placed on exhibitor page within event app

    1x Daily Digest Sponsor - $5,000

    •    Visibility as sole sponsor in all Daily Digest focused communications
    •    Recognition on event webpage and communications as Daily Digest Sponsor

    10x Event App Exhibitor Page Sponsor - $1,000

    •    Company logo and hyperlink placed on exhibitor page within event app