CED is committed to its ongoing goal of introducing students to a practice of environmental design that respects difference, and confronts injustice and inequity in the making of buildings, communities, and urban landscapes.
The Diversity Platforms Initiative will enhance the cultural life of the College by developing co-curricular programs such as cultural events, student-led courses, and public interest design workshops and charrettes to introduce students to ways that social difference and identity shape and are shaped by, the urban built environment.
Development of Diversity Plan by the Platforms Committee
The Diversity Platforms working group, led by Greig Crysler along with members, Charisma Acey, Emily Pilloton (B.A. Architecture ’03), Kathleen Pera (Graduate Diversity Office), M. Arch students Alberto Benejam and Zoe Beba, PhD student Divya Sundar and Urban Studies student Mryna Ortiz developed a charge for a new Diversity Platforms Committee. This committee will seek to engage faculty, students, staff and alumni in the critical examination of the intersection of race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, power and privilege, poverty and inequality, restorative justice, and other aspects of human identity and relations within the built environment. The committee will sponsor an annual lecture event, and distribute a call for programs from the CED Community to help fund the development of events and activities such as:
• Lectures by notable scholars
• Guest speakers in courses/studios
• Arcus lecture series and colloquium
• Film screenings
• Training in critical pedagogy, facilitation or course enhancement
• Outreach (K-12, Community Colleges, local organizations)
• Public Interest Charrettes
• Student-led seminars, studios and/or DeCal courses
• Internship programs