Free Webinar: Part 2: Learning From History to Take Personal Accountability

When:  Dec 14, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (ET)

Free Webinar: Part 2: Learning From History to Take Personal Accountability

Course Description

The tools and practices designers learn in education and the profession look 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 language for more inclusive and safer processes and equitable design outcomes


Shalini Agrawal brings over 25 years of experience in community engagement, and has dedicated her career to bringing diversity and equity in design, art and architecture. She is co- director of Pathways to Equity, a leadership experience supporting responsible community- engaged design, and founder and principal of Public Design for Equity, an equity-driven practice for equity-driven outcomes. Shalini is on the board of Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, and Association for Community Design as their Director of Fellowship. She is Associate Professor in Critical Ethnic Studies and Interdisciplinary Design Studios at California College of the Arts.  

Garrett Jacobs is the Director of Operations of the Open Architecture Collaborative (OAC) and the Pathways to Equity Co-Director. Garrett serves as the Chief of Finance and Operations for Designing Justice Designing Spaces, a non-profit architecture and real estate organization working to end mass incarceration and its root causes. Garrett collaborates to provide operations, finance, strategy and fundraising services balanced with a focus for community engagement, self awareness, and interdisciplinary and multicultural team building. He has worked with Code for America coordinating their Peer Network and managing government relations through their Fellowship program. During this time he became immersed in technology and how it can be used to bring people together and necessity for interdisciplinary programming. While studying Architecture in New Orleans, Garrett was deeply affected by Hurricane Katrina which solidified his commitment to community, equity and racial justice. 

Jess Zimbabwe is the Executive Director of Environmental Works Community Design Center in Seattle. Previously, she founded a consulting practice, Plot Strategies, and served for ten years as the founding Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership—a partnership of the National League of Cities and the Urban Land Institute. Before that, Jess led the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and was Community Design Director at Urban Ecology in Oakland. She serves on the boards of Next City, the National Main Street Center, and Colloqate. She is a licensed architect, certified city planner, LEED-Accredited Professional, and a member of the urban planning faculties at Georgetown University and the University of Washington.