Foster Racial Justice Through Education in the School of Architecture and Planning at UB

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Derek Van de Kamp
2 years ago
It's the right thing to do

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Stephanie Wohlers
2 years ago
There should always be more curriculum on race at any level of education.

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Samendy Brice
2 years ago
Many practicing architects today build and construct against minority groups with out realizing the effects corporate buildings and practices have in our communities. Racial equality is not taught enough in the School of Architecture and Planning at UB many of our students go out to the field and help contribute to social destruction! Our department struggles to provide the education about these issues because diversity within the program is needed more then ever. Starting with our professors, choices in studio curriculums and reading materials offer to students. Yes we have improved in the past years but its just not enough!

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Isabelle Dabrowski
2 years ago
I am currently a student at the school and after many conversations, I began to think about our curriculum more in depth. Not once have I ever been asked to communicate directly with the community about their needs and wants for any building project. We would only get a project statement with a set program that, in some cases, the community would not need. But then again, how would we know what the community needs if we do not ask and communicate?

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Caryn Blair
2 years ago
During my time at UB I was fortunate to have been taught by Dr. Taylor in his Race, Class and Gender course. I believe this class is no longer offered due to the feedback of a majority white student body. There was only one other Black woman in my graduating class and very little support for us in a predominantly white environment where we were learning about the development of this country, which often came at the expense of Black people's lives and labor being seen as a means to an end and the almost complete elimination of them from our curriculum unless we chose to take community development classes. I found that white fragility combined with a large number of international students who had no idea of the history of racial oppression in America prevented students from fully recognizing their potential in effecting change when it comes to equitable planning. Students truly believed that we were in a post-racial society and are now professionals making decisions that continue to impact the lives of Black people in America. We have a huge role to play in who has access to goods and services. If we are unable to thoughtfully consider and analyze our own racism and the racism in the industries we work in, we will continue to perpetuate inequities. I want better for future students and for Black communities.

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Darren Cotton
2 years ago
We must first confront and self-critically understand the racist, elitist, and top down legacy of the planning profession if we, as planners, ever hope to heal the harms of the past and realize a more humanistic, grassroots, and equitable future.

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Courtney Bow
2 years ago
We need to be teaching how racism impacts EVERYTHING. Everything. We need to be open and transparent.

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Melissa Fratello
2 years ago
Planning has historically been weaponized against low income and communities of color. It must now be a mighty tool for good, making communities equitable and whole. UB - allow those in your department who have been dedicated to this work the freedom and authority to make this happen! How powerful it would be to set loose a new crop of people dedicated to justice every year!

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Allison Swatsworth
2 years ago
I believe in education for all!

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Michael Brown
2 years ago
Urban planning and public policy in the United States has an inseparable history of deliberate and systematic racial injustice. Students must learn and confront this reality to avoid perpetuating such injustices in their future professional careers.