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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

 

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