Designing with Communities: The work of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that collaborates with designers and community organizations to create visually-based educational tools that help demystify complex issues impacting their communities, from zoning law to immigrants’ rights. CUP projects are designed with and for advocacy organizations to help increase their capacity to mobilize their constituents on important social justice issues. CUP's print, audio, video, and media projects, along with tactile, interactive workshop tools, are in use by dozens of community organizers and tens of thousands of individuals in New York City and beyond.
- Understand how design can be used by advocacy organizations to increase their capacity to mobilize constituents.
- Understand how to collaborate with designers and visual thinkers to make complex policy and planning issues accessible to directly impacted communities.
- Understand how to visualize complex housing and land use policies.
- Understand how to use interactive and hands-on workshop tools to explain complex housing and land use policy.
Yasmin Renée Safdié is the Director of Programs at CUP. She is a radical social worker, community organizer and educator. Her work is grounded in an anti-oppressive framework. For over a decade, she has worked on a range of social justice issues including: ending mass incarceration, anti-racism, and gender justice. Yasmin has extensive experience designing and facilitating anti-oppressive trainings and leadership development programs. Prior to CUP, Yasmin was the Senior Manager of Organizing and Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project where she worked to end violence against the LGBTQ community. Yasmin is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work and CUNY Hunter College. She is a member leader at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, where she co-founded the Mizrahi Caucus, which organizes Arab/Middle Eastern/North African/Central Asian Jews. She received her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University and her B.A. in History and Anthropology from McGill University.
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