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Saturday, October 17 • 8:30am - 10:00am
The Political is Personal: The role of the designer at the intersection of Social Justice and design LIMITED

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The nature of social justice work requires vulnerability and openness, and necessitates self-reflection to produce authentic impact. This seminar will look at how designers working in social impact design stitch together the personal and the political, to produce social justice outcomes in their practices, processes and projects.

Building upon the momentum that the panelists created at Harvard GSD: inForming Justice, a conversation about the role of the design in building equitable communities, this workshop will critically engage participants to rethink the role of the designer to produce social justice outcomes and continue to elevate the field and pedagogy of architecture to include Community-engaged design.

Panelists will present case studies from their own social justice work, but lead a seminar discussion around the inclusion of race and civil rights frameworks in contemporary design practice and education, and candidly speak on collective action towards more justice in the built environment and social systems that activate our communities.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Dowdell

Kimberly Dowdell

Executive Manager, City of Detroit
Kimberly is a recent graduate of the Mid-Career Master of Public Administration program from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow within the Center for Public Leadership. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a licensed architect and real estate project manager in New York. A native of Detroit, Kimberly grew up with an ambition to revitalize cities using real estate... Read More →
avatar for Theresa Hwang

Theresa Hwang

Theresa Hwang is the Director of Community Design and Planning at the Skid Row Housing Trust, a non-profit permanent supportive housing organization where she was the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow from 2009-2012. She has spent over 10 years engaged in community organizing work for equitable cultural development and community empowerment with multiple groups and campaigns in Boston and Los Angeles. She implements community organizing... Read More →
avatar for Liz Ogbu

Liz Ogbu

Founder + Principal, Studio O
Liz Ogbu is a designer, urbanist, and social innovator. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to leading a design workshop at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Liz has a long history of engagement in the design for social impact movement. She is Founder + Principal of Studio O, a multidisciplinary consulting practice that works with nonprofits, municipalities, and companies to tackle wicked social problems... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
05 - First Floor Gallery Sheraton Hotel
  • CEU Hours 1.5
  • HSW/LU LU