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Equity Talks

Centering on equity, The Collaborative is hosting four talks across 2021 focusing on topics that intersect race with design and development.

Equity Talks #1: Preserving Presence 

Equity Talks: Preserving Presence kicked off the series with a panel discussion focused on discussing the importance of centering blackness and identity in the revitalization and conceptualization of black communities and spaces centering the importance of representation and cultural competence of selected significant projects in our neighborhoods and communities.

Our Panel, moderated by Collaborative Executive Director Tya Winn, included:

  • Brent Leggs, Executive Director of the African American Cultural Heritage Fund
  • Reverend Mark Tyler, Pastor- Mother Bethel A.M.E. 
  • Germane Barnes- architectural designer and artist at Studio Barnes being featured in MOMA exhibit
  • Pascale Sablan, FAIA – 2021 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award winner and founder of Beyond the Built
  • Emanuel Kelly, FAIA- Founding Principal, Kelly Maiello Architects

Equity Talks #2: Community, Agency & Resilience 

Equity Talks: Community, Agency, and Resilience is the second public conversation in the series.  We were joined by five of Philadelphia's Asian American community leaders, organizers, and scholars as they discuss the impact of planning and design on their various AAPI communities and the continuous work of cultural preservation to combat displacement. Hear how their communities' interests, challenges and contrasting histories have been further affected by the pandemic, recent racial uprisings, and concerning increase in anti-Asian violence.  

Panel, Moderated by Sarah Yeung, Founder- Sojourner Consulting included: 

  • Somaly Osteen, Community Development Specialist/Corridor Manager- SEAMAAC, Inc 
  • Fariha I. Khan, Ph.D. , Associate Director, Asian American Studies Program - University of Pennsylvania 
  • Dave Kyu, Director of Programs- Asian Arts Initiative 
  • Nancy Dung Nguyen, Executive Director, Project Director for Civic Engagement & Community Defense- VietLEAD


Equity Talks #3: The Latino Perspective

Equity Talks: The Latino Perspective is the third public conversation in this Collaborative series. Join Philadelphia's Hispanic community leaders, organizers, and scholars as they discuss the impact of design and development on their various communities . Hear how their communities' interests, challenges, and culture impact Philadelphia's evolution.

Panel, Moderated by Harry Tapia, Director of Operations, HACE, includes:

  • Jennifer Rodriguez, President/CEP- Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • Damaris Feliciano, Director of Community Relations & Strategic Initiatives, City of Philadelphi

  • Amanda Garayua, Director of Housing, HACE

  • Erick Martinez, Commercial Banking Strategies and Solutions, Banco Santander


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