PIVOT program to engage incoming graduate students in dialogue on 'new normal'

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Published July 22, 2020

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The disruption, upheaval and foment across the nation and world is both the challenge and opportunity of our time. This opening for change presents new possibilities for the built environment professions to mobilize action on urgent societal needs.

A new program at the School of Architecture and Planning - called PIVOT - will engage incoming and prospective graduate students in a series of conversations on how the School of Architecture and Planning is navigating this new normal of teaching, research and practice.

The five-week series of virtual discussions features several faculty members who are informing dialogue and action around questions of health, safety and justice in our communities.

The program will consider the pandemic's impact on housing, migration and food access, and its disproportionate effects on minority and low-income communities. We'll also engage focused dialogue on the role of place in structural racism. You’ll hear the latest on how UB is adapting through a mix of on-campus and remote instruction that maintains our place-based education and ensures the health and safety of our community.

PIVOT launches Tuesday, July 28 and continues each Tuesday through August 25. Learn more about the program.