In order to be the inclusive, vibrant community we strive to be, we have a lot of work to do to evolve our culture. This work is unfolding at different levels:
The work of dismantling racism and creating greater equity takes place on several fronts and will continue to develop. Several teams began concrete work in the summer and throughout the Fall 2020 semester.
GSAPP Leadership and Faculty — Program Directors & Anti-Racism Task Force
The GSAPP faculty is committed to an engaged curriculum that does not perpetuate bias and specifically addresses anti-Black racism. In July 2020, the School formed an Anti-Racism Faculty Task Force to attempt to answer the question “What does an anti-racist GSAPP look like?” beginning with the explicit repudiation of anti-Black racism, and of racism in all its forms, and offer suggestions for constructive reform. The Task Force will propose key elements of a shared engagement with this question, including tools for the ongoing critical evaluation of the School’s pedagogy and associated practices and a sustainable basis for having difficult and empowering discussions in the future.
The Task Force is co-chaired by Kate Ascher and Malo Hutson and includes Lucia Allais, Lance Freeman, Andrés Jaque, Reinhold Martin, and Weiping Wu. The Task Force hopes to share its initial ideas and recommendations by the end of the year, and to develop them more fully with interested faculty, staff, and students during the Spring 2021 semester.
DDC brings more than 20 years of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion work with expertise in faculty development, student access, success, and efforts to recruit and retain a more diverse graduate professional workforce. You can read more about the team working with GSAPP here.
What are they focusing on?
What is the outcome?
School-wide Reading: Friday, June 4, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm
Black History Month
Columbia University websites
Columbia Celebrates Black History and Culture
Columbia University has a wealth of online resources detailing the breadth of the African American experience. Learn more about some of the great Columbians who have played key roles in our local and national history, including GSAPP alumni:
Columbia University and Slavery
The Columbia University and Slavery project explores a previously little-known aspect of the university’s history – its connections with slavery and with antislavery movements from the founding of King’s College to the end of the Civil War. The website was created by faculty, students, and staff to publicly present information about Columbia’s historical connections to the institution of slavery.
Selected Readings and Resources Recommended by GSAPP Faculty
Columbia Books on Architecture and the City Recommendations
GSAPP is dedicating a majority of its public programming throughout the 2020-21 academic year to focus on issues of race and anti-Black racism, representation, and the intersections of climate change, racial equity, and social justice across the built environment. The full schedule of lectures and events is published on the Calendar page, and Spring 2021 semester programming will be published at the end of December. Most Fall 2020 semester events are documented and can now be accessed on the Media Archive page. Selected highlights include:
The Fall 2020 lecture series is fully archived and featured Stephen Burks; Bryan C. Lee, Jr.; Yasmeen Lari; Lola Ben-Alon; David Barragán of Al Borde; J. Phillip Thompson; Ziad Jamaleddine and Makram el Kadi of L.E.FT; Majora Carter; Tatiana Bilbao; and Toshiko Mori.
The School has assembled a collection of resources and past programming that explore the direct relationship between the built environment—its disciplines, practices, and pedagogies—and the inequities that it constructs on the new Equity page.
April 23, 2021
A Message from GSAPP’s Anti-Racism Task Force
February 17, 2021
Update on GSAPP’s Anti-Racism Action Plan
December 2, 2020
GSAPP Anti-Racism Plan Response Framework
June 2, 2020
A Message of Solidarity