November 7, 2017 6pm - 9pm
This panel will explore the stories of four multidisciplinary individuals, reshaping narratives through community, architectural and social design.
This panel will explore the stories of four multidisciplinary individuals, reshaping narratives through community, architectural and social design. The event will open with a portraiture installation by &FEMINIST and close with a screening of Sista in the Brotherhood produced by Dr. Roberta Hunte.
Rebecca Sanchez is an artist and part of the immigration team (and development, administration and visual projects coordinator) at Grassroots Leadership. In her former life, she was the art director for a charter school in Austin, TX and wholeheartedly believes in the power of art to heal. She is a member of Communities of Color United, a regular volunteer for The Lilith Fund and dedicates time to helping community members with artistic/creative visuals as they are needed. Rebecca is the youngest of 8, a tia to 16 and hopes to see the City of Austin give as much attention to the communities of color that have shaped this city as they do the developers that are ensuring its un-affordability.
Jeanne Schultz is Principal of Jeanne Schultz Design Studio, a small scale design firm offering building and interior design services, with dynamic, meaningful projects worldwide. Schultz designed her first building before graduating from UT-Austin, which was constructed in the historical and culturally diverse neighborhood of East Austin. Building on this precedent, her eponymous firm established January 2016 seeks to break the mould of traditional architecture and design firms by employing flexible and collaborative strategies, advocating for gender, race, and wage equality, and engaging the community with design. She and her team of collaborators have undertaken a multitude of projects that address complex development issues such as adaptive reuse, compact dwelling units, and commercial tenant finish outs. As a proponent of both global sustainability and public interest design, Schultz has and continues to design structures not-for-profit in an effort to improve local urban infrastructure.
Lauren Murray is an editorial and PR professional that studies place-making in the Houston & Austin areas. She considers herself to be a citizen architect and is engaged in the architectural activism community having collaborated on event production and communications strategy for Open Architecture Houston, Rice Design Alliance, Cite Magazine, the Nashville Civic Design Center, #BossBabesATX, and Hip-Hop & Architecture, the traveling series. She also moderates the Houston Urbanists Facebook group. With a desire to bring urbanism to the forefront of millennial conversation, in February 2018 she will be launching Mindful Residency, an interview project focused on inspiring various millennials to explore their definitions of placemaking and mindfulness in their own communities.
Dr. Kevin Michael Foster is a University of Texas at Austin professor with appointments in Black Studies, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration and Anthropology. Through ICUSP, the Institute for Community, University and School Partnerships, which he founded in 2006, Kevin directs student programs, coordinates professional development activities for schools and community, and is the Executive Producer of BlackademicsTV, an Emmy-nominated television program developed in partnership with KLRU PBS-TV Austin. Dr. Foster has authored dozens of publications and received numerous awards, including the Paredez Endowed Teaching Award from UT, the Akins Heritage Award from Austin Independent School District, the LBJ Presidential Library Faculty Volunteer of the Year Award, and the Diversity Champion Award from the Greater Austin African American Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Foster lives in Austin Texas and Washington D.C. and has two teenage children, Marlee and Malcolm.
Erica Wilkins (moderator) is a professional photographer and the founder of And Feminist, a portrait series that showcases the diversity in gender, age, race and background of self-identifying feminists. Wilkins aims to reduce stigma and support conversations on the universal benefits of equality and women's rights using the power of environmental portraiture.
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