update from emergent grounds
a paradigm, a strategy, a podcast, and an opportunity
Thank you for your continued attention and actions towards anti-racist transformation of design education and practice, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
We’re writing to share a few links, two of which demonstrate strategies for institutions to support the movement with long range goals and milestones for growth.
In this simple chart of complex issues, Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization introduces a spectrum from exclusion to inclusion on the organizational scale. We encourage adopting this lexicon when coordinating actions towards milestones from whatever position you have.
When seeking to increase representation and inclusion in your departments, we’d like to point to this example from the Washington University in St. Louis Office of the Provost’s Race and Ethnicity Cluster Hire Initiative. A cluster hire approach builds and sustains fields of research with a commitment of funds towards a field of study.
Dario Calmese, artist, writer, and brand consultant, brings us an insightful and welcoming conversation with Dr. Mabel O. Wilson through Ep. 2 Dr. Mabel O Wilson, Architect and Scholar of the podcast called “The Institute of Black Imagination.” Dr. Wilson is Nancy and George E. Rupp Professor in Architecture, a professor in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University, and the associate director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies. Additionally, she has received the 2020 Distinguished Alumni award and 2020 Thomas Jefferson Visiting Professor for the spring semester in 2021.
Open House New York seeks Executive Director. Please see their description of their work below.
“Open House New York provides broad audiences with unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of New York and to the people who help design, build, and preserve the city. Through year-round programs and the annual OHNY Weekend, Open House New York celebrates the best examples of design and planning throughout the five boroughs, from historic to contemporary, and helps foster a more informed conversation about how architecture and urban design sustain New York as a vibrant place to live, work, and learn. Open House New York is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.”
Although we are forced to reconcile the inexplicable and unnecessary loss of life, we hope that students, faculty, administration, and alumni can find a respite this weekend. We will continue to focus on the long term to enact a world where Black existence is no longer perceived as resistance.
Thank you again for your creative and committed actions to make a more just future manifest. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org with other resources to share.
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