Building a More Inclusive Future: AEC Unites and ACE Mentor Program Forge New Partnership

In a significant stride toward a more inclusive architecture, engineering, and construction industry, AEC Unites and the ACE Mentor Program of America proudly announce a newly signed Memorandum of Understanding. This partnership marks a pivotal moment in our collective efforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion within the AEC sector.

A Shared Vision

Both AEC Unites and ACE have long been committed to empowering underrepresented talent, focusing on supporting Black professionals and students within the AEC pipeline. By joining forces, we are amplifying our impact, uniting our resources, and ensuring that our initiatives reach more individuals who can benefit from them.

Commitment to Action

Tia Perry, Executive Director of AEC Unites, emphasized the importance of this collaboration, stating, “This partnership not only addresses the critical challenge of underrepresentation in the AEC industry but also underscores our commitment to equipping emerging talent for success.” Similarly, Diana Eidenshink, President of the ACE Mentor Program, highlighted the extended support for ACE alumni, ensuring they access valuable professional development opportunities.

Key Initiatives

The partnership focuses on several critical areas to achieve our goals, including:

  • Joint efforts to foster engagement and collaboration between the organizations.
  • Reciprocal promotion of each other’s initiatives and activities through public channels.
  • Collaboration to promote alternative pathways to AEC careers for Black students.
  • Actively recruiting mentors of color to serve as ACE Mentors.
  • Creating internship and job placement programs to cultivate a diverse talent pool.
  • Engaging with guidance counselors to provide mentorship and career guidance to students interested in AEC careers.

Looking Forward

The signing of this MOU is more than an agreement; it promises future generations that the AEC industry will be one of opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. As we move forward, AEC Unites and the ACE Mentor Program are excited to work together, share progress, and celebrate the successes of our joint initiatives.

Stay connected as we embark on this exciting journey to transform the AEC industry, making it more welcoming and accessible to all.

About ACE Mentor Program

The ACE Mentor Program of America, founded in 1994, is a no-cost program that prioritizes workforce development for high school students by connecting them with experts from the design and construction industry.

ACE Mentor addresses pressing workforce needs, offers a range of exciting opportunities for students, and plays a crucial role in bridging the skills gap, with continuous mentor opportunities from high school through to full-time employment.

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