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Saturday, October 17 • 2:55pm - 4:25pm
Creating Socially Just Communities: A Multicultural Center grounded in Consensus Imagination LIMITED

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Don Mitchell talks about the fight to public space in his introduction of his book, entitled The Right to the City: Social Justice and the fight for Public Space. Social Justice addresses that virtue which guides us in creating places of human interactions for personal and social development; places where people are treated equally, irrespective of ethnic origin, gender, possessions, race, religion, etc. Community empowerment and engagement in the design process gives access for the people to create spaces of inspiration and beauty.
This 90-minute, audience-engaging experience demonstrates the “community process” utilized by Kansas State University for its Multicultural Student Center.
The need for the center grew out of the university itself not being a socially just community. The session will demonstrate how programming the needs of the community and the need for the university to adequately serve the growing multicultural student population will work together. Attendees will participate in a roundtable experience that engages them in 7 different “community” perspectives served by the new, state-of-the-art Center.


Mirta Chavez

Director-Office of Diversity, Kansas State University
Mirta Chavez, Director of Multicultural Organizations, coordinates all multicultural student organizations and their activities. She spearheaded the investigation of center case studies for the university and the initial programming of the Center. 

Myra Gordon

Dr. Gordon has been the university’s chief diversity officer for 13 years. During her tenure at K-State, the university has won two national awards for diversity excellence. Her office oversees all-campus diversity programming, including the design direction of the Center.

Hector Martinez

Student, Kansas State University
Hector Martinez, a fourth year Hispanic student in Architecture, has been a NOMAS member instrumental in shaping the preliminary design of the Center, and part of a core student team who promote the Center to those with power and privilege.
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La Barbara James Wigfall

Professor, Kansas State University, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning
La Barbara James Wigfall, founding KSU NOMA advisor and former University Liaison/NOMA Board, focuses on consensus imagination and community empowerment. She serves on the University committee who oversees the Center design process.

Damien Williams

Damien M. Williams, development recruiter and talent manager, oversaw fundraising and established lifelong relationships through involvement and investment in the Multicultural Center. Although an Associate Vice President for Development-Regis University, he remains committed to assisting... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2015 2:55pm - 4:25pm
01 - Rhythms Sheraton Hotel
  • CEU Hours 1.5