Increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the practice of architecture, urban planning, and design remains an urgent issue in these fields. Not only is it important to increase the number of people of color in these professions, especially Black professionals, but also to support the advancement and leadership of Black and other people of color in this work. Effective strategies for countering persistent anti-Black racism in architecture, planning and design include lifting up the excellent body of work that Black professionals have achieved, shining a spotlight on barriers that must be dismantled, and collectively committing to creating pathways of support for Black professionals at all stages of their careers.
On Wednesday, July 26 from 5:30-8:00 pm, join Hester Street, Next City, and the Graduate Center for Planning the Environment at Pratt Institute for a conversation that highlights and celebrates with joy the achievements of Black professionals in the fields of architecture, planning and design, calls out the anti-Black systemic racism that persists in our fields, and collectively offers up strategies for supporting a pipeline of Black talent to build greater representation and racial equity in our fields.
Panelists will be announced soon. Save the date for this event and stay tuned for more details. Following the panel discussion, attendees will be invited to participate in an interactive reception, with opportunities to meet and engage with the featured panelists and other leaders in these fields.