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Friday, March 8 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Equity on Campus

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Issues of equity in the context of a higher education campus can range from physical accessibility, to financial accessibility, to the diversity and inclusion of faculty and students, to town-gown dynamics, and much more. This session brings together three schools, each working on aspects of equity on and off their campus from different lenses, to share their lessons about process, and the impact that an equity focus can have on policies and projects.

Williams College recently hosted an administration-led engagement effort using the International Living Future Institute’s Equity Drafting Table (EDT) as a framework. The EDT is an interactive installation intended to open a dialogue about equity by posing questions like, "How can the planning, design, construction, and inhabiting of our built environment create more equitable spaces?"

The Urban Resources Initiative at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies builds positive town-gown relationships in New Haven by responding to environmental priorities identified by the community, such as green job training and community-driven forestry projects, which also create student learning opportunities.

At Hampshire College, students have made it clear that issues of equity must be addressed by both administration-led initiatives and student-led efforts. From peaceful dissent to vocal disruption, students at Hampshire have shed a light on facets of equity common on many campuses, and found ways to effect change from the bottom-up.

Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

avatar for Shawn Fisher Hesse, NCARB, LFA, LEED AP BD+C, O+M

Shawn Fisher Hesse, NCARB, LFA, LEED AP BD+C, O+M

Associate Director, Engagement, International Living Future Institute
Shawn oversees the Ambassador program at ILFI with nearly 1,000 participants worldwide, providing training for project teams to pursue the Living Building Challenge, and delivering education at conferences and public events on all of ILFI’s programs.Prior to joining ILFI, he worked... Read More →
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Colleen Murphy Dunning

Director, Hixon Center for Urban Ecology
Colleen Murphy-Dunning is the Director of both the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology and the Urban Resources Initiative at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). Colleen partners with faculty to lead a field based module on urban ecology for all incoming Yale F&ES... Read More →
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Mike Evans

Associate Director, Zilkha Center, Williams College
Mike is the Assistant Director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College where he delves into issues of sustainable food, waste diversion, the built environment, and equity & justice. Prior to his time at Williams, he worked in the non-profit world - in... Read More →
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Amy Johns

Director of Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Williams College
Amy is director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College. She’s been working in the environmental sector for over fifteen years, and is particularly interested in environmental justice, strategic sustainability, environmental psychology and sustainability... Read More →
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Sara Draper

R.W. Kern Center Director of Educational Program and Outreach, Hampshire College
Sara Draper is the Director of Education and Outreach at Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center, a certified Living Building and hub of sustainability culture and engagement. In her role as “building ambassador” Sara works across campus and beyond to make the most of the educational... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
K321 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Community Engagement, Social Justice
  • AIA CEU Pending
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report

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