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Part 2: Learning from History to Take Personal Accountability (Free Webinar)

  • 1.  Part 2: Learning from History to Take Personal Accountability (Free Webinar)

    Posted 12-09-2020 07:03 PM

    Part 2: Learning from History to Take Personal Accountability (Free Webinar)

    December 14, 2020 | 12-1 pm Eastern
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    The tools and practices designers learn in education and the profession looks similar to those used to build systems of oppression into our built environment. Exposing racialized history is a precondition to connecting and using the tools of environmental design to build just cities. Candid reflections on this topic are needed to disrupt the status quo. This session will frame the context from Session1 and move towards personal responsibility and behavior change to take the steps towards a more equitable built environment. Participants will learn about biases, disrupt patterns of status quo, and build a reflective practice as a step towards behavioral change.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will learn to make connections between learning about the impacts of systemic racism in the built environment with behavior change towards expanded well-being through the built environment.
    2. Participants will develop personal strategies to balance passive learning to active engagement in conversations about racial equity.
    3. Participants will learn practices that begin to shift current workplace and professional practices towards inclusivity, equity, and broad welfare.
    4. Participants will learn how to contribute and broaden a world view with teamwork and decision-making for more equitable outcomes and sustainable results.
    5. Learn and define the language for more inclusive and safer processes and equitable design outcomes.


    1. Jess Zimbabwe, Executive Director of Environmental Works Community Design Center, Seattle, WA
    2. Shalini Agrawal, Co-Director of Pathways to Equity
    3. Garrett Jacobs, Director of Operations of the Open Architecture Collaborative (OAC), and the Pathways to Equity Co-Director

    Note: 10% of proceeds will be donated to Native American Land Trusts in New York, the Bay Area, and Seattle.

    Susan Parrish
    Director, Knowledge Communities
    The American Institute of Architects
    Washington DC
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