Nominations for the 3rd Annual Phil Freelon Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Award are now open, and we encourage members of the community to submit nominations for individuals who have made a difference in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusivity in their workplace or community. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to creating a more equitable and inclusive society and have a track record of promoting diversity in their work and/or community activities.
The award was established in 2021 to celebrate the legacy of Phil Freelon, a renowned architect who was passionate about creating spaces that reflected the diversity of their communities. Phil founded his practice, The Freelon Group, in Durham, North Carolina, in 1990 and went on to design civic and cultural projects throughout the United States. His work includes libraries, schools, museums, parks, and academic buildings, many of which were for historically African American colleges. His leadership and efforts in the community have advanced architecture and construction as a vehicle for social justice, diversity, and inclusion.
The recipient of the 3rd Annual Phil Freelon Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Award will be recognized at a special ceremony during the 2023 Diversity, Equity, & Inclusivity Conference in partnership with Bank of America. By recognizing and celebrating the contributions of individuals who are working to create a more just and equitable society, we hope to inspire others to join the effort and make our region a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive place for all.
You can now submit your nomination for individuals on our website. Nominations are due by July 6 at 5 p.m.
You can also register for the 2023 Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Conference in partnership with Bank of America on our website. This year’s theme is Equity: Prioritizing People, Practice, and Policy.