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2017 Clarkson Week in Planning | Feb. 6 - 10

Blueprints for Belonging

Legal scholar john powell to guide conversation on relationships of equity, inclusion and the built environment

The School of Architecture and Planning is pleased to welcome Professor john a. powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, as the 2017 Will and Nan Clarkson Chair in Planning. An internationally recognized expert of civil rights and civil liberties with an eye towards processes of exclusion and inclusion, powell's scholarship and work speaks to movements for justice and equity in Buffalo. Drawing on his research and work with communities around the world, Professor powell will offer guidance on how to create communities of opportunity in our region and the role of planning and design in building equitable communities. Events with students, faculty, practitioners and members of the public throughout the week will put Professor powell’s ideas in dialogue with key initiatives unfolding in our School and the Buffalo-Niagara region.

- Read john powell's full bio and reflections from our faculty, staff and students


Feb. 8, 2017

Civil rights scholar john powell explores how racialized space, concentrated poverty and regional inequity relate to our understanding of the built environment.


Feb. 7, 2017

The Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable, a group of 30 community leaders from public, private, nonprofit and faith institutions, will meet with john powell to amplify conversations about racial equity in our region with an eye toward planning and policy. Participation is by invitation only.


Feb. 8, 2017

School of Architecture and Planning faculty and staff will discuss opportunities to advance diversity and inclusion research, policies, and practices.


Feb. 9, 2017

The workshop will bring together local community organizations to broaden the conversation around food justice in Buffalo.


The organizing committee for Prof. powell's visit has curated a list of over 100 books, journal articles, and multimedia resources that explore topics of race, space, place, and opportunity. Faculty and students from across disciplines are invited to explore this archive and incorporate these resources into their course syllabi and class projects and to develop independent study courses and reading groups around topics of equity and justice in planning and design.


Professor john powell's visit has been generously supported by the Will and Nan Clarkson Chair program; National Institute of Food and Agriculture; University at Buffalo Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab; Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; Crossroads Collective; Partnership for the Public Good; and Open Buffalo.