Equity of Lighting Design in NYC - Survey of Diversity
To the people of the lighting design community in NYC,

For too long, there has been too much unsaid, silenced, and passed over. Black lives matter. Indigenous people matter. People of color matter. Yet weeks after the protests, our Instagram feeds have gone back to normal. People have stopped having conversations about the deep-rooted systemic racism that lives in our world. Corporations who made statements are going back to how they operated before the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others. Actions speak louder than words; it is beyond the time that we as a lighting design community do something to help.

In response, the Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY), the New York chapter of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD NY), the New York chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES NYC), and the New York chapter of Women in Lighting & Design (WILD NYC) have come together to create Equity in Lighting Design NYC (ELD NYC), spearheaded by Elaine Cook (Moxie Lighting), Francesca Bastianini (Sighte Studio), and Lana Lenar (ZeroLux). The goal of ELD NYC is to root out the systemic racism within the lighting design community through educational events, outreach, and policy.

Before we can do any of this, we need to quantify the baseline distribution of our NYC community. The lighting design community in NYC is one of the most diverse lighting communities in the country but is still an industry that does not reflect the population of the city we work in. We observe that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals are underrepresented in the industry. Yet we have no data to prove this quantitatively.

How large is our population? What is the race, gender, and age distribution? How did each of us get into lighting? Where are we in our careers? All of these questions are vital to understanding where we are and to track our progress throughout the years to come. The following survey is entirely optional, but each submission will help us focus our efforts. We urge you to complete the survey and send the survey link to as many of your colleagues, bosses, and friends within the lighting design community as you can.

In addition to the goal of gathering data that will serve to provide a baseline of understanding, our goals also include a request for feedback from the community on how we might proceed, along with a call for volunteers as we move forward.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey, but please note that the survey will be closed on October 2, 2020 at noon.

Please reach out to equityofLDNYC@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments that are not covered by the survey.
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