2020 SKILLS SYMPOSIUM: Making a Difference: Advancing Equity in Practice

  • March 11, 2020
  • Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815
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  • For members of the IAP2 Affiliates or IAP2 Federation International Associates.


We will outline strategies for value-driven work, present guiding values in equity-focused practice and interdisciplinary approaches. Framed in the context of community-based practice, we will discuss professional development opportunities for those who wish to gain more experience in deeply reflective and inclusive design processes. In addition, we will workshop strategies to identify how self-reflective intentionality can be a driver for equity in the design process. In this interactive session, participants will understand the intersections of identities; how lived experiences are opportunities for collaboration and community-building; how we might bring an equity lens to systems that negatively impact our most vulnerable communities.

PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact events@iap2usa.org to obtain it.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will:
  • Learn new approaches to community based design with the lens of equity.
  • Learn shared language to deepen diversity and inclusion in the work environment.
  • Learn how a systems design approach broadens how we can address issues that are impacting our communities.
  • Discuss the importance of self-reflection and identity awareness in community-based practice.
  • Discover how interdisciplinary programs contribute and broaden a worldview, and the value of centering personal-lived experiences to disrupt power dynamics in teamwork and decision-making for more equitable outcomes and sustainable results.

Trainer: Shalini Agrawal

Shalini Agrawal

Shalini Agrawal is trained as an architect and brings over 25 years of experience in community-engaged practice and pedagogy. She is co-director of Pathways to Equity, a design leadership program for social equity, and FIELD Design Network, a forum that builds capacity for underrepresented designers, and founder of Public Design for Equity. She is Associate Professor in Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts and teaches at the intersection of design and community engagement. She is a Leaderspring Fellow in the Women of Color 2020 Leadstrong cohort. Shalini is a contributing author to the new publications Design for Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity and Public Interest Design Education Guidebook.

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