M.E.D. Working Group for Anti-Racism
Our institutions are receiving yet another unearned privilege—the privilege to be shaken. When the Master of Environmental Design students formed the Working Group in 2020, we joined forces with activists, educators and students in and beyond the academy to further an evolving set of conversations about the destructive whiteness of our institutional and professional practices. This year, we open up to the messy, collaborative work of seeking global solidarities against racist, colonial and extractive logics while holding space for difference. Our aim is to revisit, reimagine and renegotiate from a place of collective healing and justice.
We are expanding the ongoing conversations on racial justice and spatial practices by considering multiple struggles linked to race, including apartheid, occupation, and environmental collapse. Of the many resources currently circulating, below is a small and incomplete subset. It is offered only as an entry point to a constellation of evidence and action. This page will also host updates about upcoming MED-sponsored events during the 2021-22 academic year. Many of these events will be crafted in collaboration with allied organizations and friends here at YSoA. In addition, we invite like-minded students in research-centered programs beyond Yale to engage with us and coordinate our efforts in the broader work against racism and oppression. Feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with introductions, inquiries and ideas. We are looking for allies far and wide.
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