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TALK: Students on Equity for University Campuses. EQUITY MATTERS III, 6/24 (Studio Ma)

By ccsullivan
Apr 29, '21 6:49 PM EST
Equity Matters: Student Voices -- will be held June 24th by Zoom webinar
Equity Matters: Student Voices -- will be held June 24th by Zoom webinar

Join Maria Hinojosa and Studio Ma to hear student voices from universities across the U.S. discussing issues of equity and access on campuses during the Equity Matters III Leadership Summit, Wednesday, June 24th from 6pm - 7:30pm ET. (Sign up here.) Panelists for the national event include:

  • Vianna Vo, Executive President, Stanford University
  • Lamar Richards, Student Body President, UNC Chapel Hill
  • A student advocate for accessibility

Moderated by NPR's Maria Hinojosa, award-winning journalist and anchor and executive producer of Latino USA on National Public Radio, these student leaders will spark a discussion of approaches for greater campus inclusion, as part of the EQUITY MATTERS series conceived by Studio Ma. The goal of the summit is to "advance social equity to improve student learning experiences and institutional life in higher education,” says Christiana Moss, FAIA, principal of Studio Ma.

About the June 24 Program
A national panel discussion, Equity Matters III — Student Voices, brings together student leaders to hear their perspectives on how campuses may become more equitable, with a focus on challenges facing underrepresented students. The noted NPR journalist and author Maria Hinojosa will lead the interactive talk with prominent students leaders of varied backgrounds and viewpoints, encouraging a high level of audience questions and answers.

As context, the first Equity Matters program, held last summer, included experts in student affairs. The second summit on February 10th this year headlined leaders in the planning and design of campus spaces and architecture. Next, the Equity Matters series highlights the students' own perspectives.

Registration is via EventBrite for the Thursday, June 24 talk from 6pm- 7:30pm ET:

Equity Matters III: 
Student Voices on Campus Equity and Design Justice
A Panel on Emerging Ideas in Higher-Education Campuses Rooted in Social Equity and Racial Justice

The third in a series, the EQUITY MATTERS Leadership Summit presents a lively discussion among the emerging influencers and shapers of higher-education campus experience representing diverse perspectives. These influential panelists will discuss the role of the university and new directions reimagining facilities and spaces that can promote equity and justice, today and in the future. 

Describing advocacy approaches that make environmental design and architecture an agent of change for underrepresented communities, the panel will explore the impacts of physical spaces and the ideas of black-, Asian-, Latinx- and indigenous-owned spaces, among other underrepresented student populations including disability-rights advocates, along with campuswide planning and architectural approaches to boost their benefits to these groups. 

The discussion addresses a fundamental question: If college is meant as an equal platform for all to move forward, how do we recognize and surmount the unequal access faced by so many students on campus? And what is the university’s role in facilitating processes that yield effective environments of equity and justice? In answering the questions, the panel will expose new and at times unexpected visions of how equity and justice look on tomorrow’s university campus.