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This week is the start of a weekly series dedicated to highlighting one of our staff members and their hard work. Starti...
03/24/2021

This week is the start of a weekly series dedicated to highlighting one of our staff members and their hard work. Starting off this series, we’d like to take the time to highlight one of our staff members, Evan Dash.

He is our Project Assistant (GIS). Thank you, Evan, for all the hard work that you do at the Center!

Wednesday night, at 6:00PM!
03/22/2021

Wednesday night, at 6:00PM!

Join us for a talk Wednesday, March 24 @ 6 pm with Pascale Sablan, FAIA, an associate with Adjaye Associates and founder and executive director of Beyond the Build Environment. Her lecture, "I Was Asked to Stand," educates and empowers us to understand the cause and possible solutions to the disparity in the lack of representation, documentation, and acknowledgement of the great works of women and bipoc designers. (Register via link in bio).
We also celebrate Pascal’s recent elevation to the prestigious AIA College of Fellows. She was also recently voted President-Elect of the National Organization of Minority Architects, the 5th woman to hold this position of leadership.
This lecture is presented by the UB chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students and the American Institute of Architecture Students. Sponsored by Kelly Hayes McAlonie and the UB Department of Architecture. #towardracialjustice #lectureseries #racialjustice #womenshistorymonth #womendesigners #womenarchitects #ubuffalo #ubuffaloarchplan @beyondthebuilt

Mark your calendars! Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a Community Dialogue with the UB President's Advi...
03/18/2021
Stories

Mark your calendars! Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a Community Dialogue with the UB President's Advisory Council on Race on March 22 at 10:30AM. For more information, including Zoom registration, follow the link! http://www.buffalo.edu/ubnow/stories/2021/03/community-dialogue.html

The President’s Advisory Council on Race will hold a Community Dialogue with UB faculty, staff and students on March 22 to discuss its recommendations to strengthen a culture at UB that thrives on the ideals of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice.

"In Louisville, Black women stepped up to lead the fight, organizing rallies, applying pressure to officials and draftin...
03/17/2021
NBCBLK

"In Louisville, Black women stepped up to lead the fight, organizing rallies, applying pressure to officials and drafting legislation. But above all, they emphasized the message that Black women are not an afterthought."

"To see so many women become part of something and stand up and not feel ashamed or powerless because they're women — that's a blessing, and Breonna would've loved to see it,” said Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer

Tomorrow evening University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning will be hosting "Engendering Equity in Archit...
03/16/2021
Engendering Equity in Architecture and Planning

Tomorrow evening University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning will be hosting "Engendering Equity in Architecture and Planning: A panel conversation with School of Architecture and Planning womxn faculty." Get information and register for the event by following the link below! http://ap.buffalo.edu/events/2021/engenderingequity.html

March 17, 2021 Join us for a panel conversation with women faculty of the School of Architecture and Planning on opportunities for advancing gender equity and future feminist directions for the planning and design disciplines.  

A big congratulations to Petreen Thomas, the layout design specialist here at the Center, on this outstanding achievemen...
03/11/2021
2021 Watts Scholar Petreen Thomas activates design for social and racial justice

A big congratulations to Petreen Thomas, the layout design specialist here at the Center, on this outstanding achievement!

"Racial injustice is one of the issues Thomas hopes she can address as a practitioner in the future by asserting 'input on the designs in our environment by being able to tackle issues, such as race, from multiple perspectives.' Her deep conviction and thoughtful aspirations earned her selection as the 2021 recipient of the Watts Scholarship."
http://ap.buffalo.edu/news/2021/taylor-racialjustice1.html

For Petreen Thomas, a great deal of power exists in design – a concept that is shaping her future aspirations as an architect and urban designer, with an eye toward public interest design.

"[Karole Collier] is not afraid to push boundaries in pursuit of the health equity that remains elusive long after a 198...
03/11/2021
Rod Watson: Dynamic student + committed med school = real progress on equity

"[Karole Collier] is not afraid to push boundaries in pursuit of the health equity that remains elusive long after a 1985 federal Health and Human Services report spotlighted the problem. Four decades after that warning, the pandemic is the most dramatic illustration of the triple whammy Black, Hispanic and other patients of color still face."
https://buffalonews.com/news/local/education/rod-watson-dynamic-student-committed-med-school-real-progress-on-equity/article_5ae6b5a6-8153-11eb-86af-2b07fe8fd476.html

Blacks, Hispanics and others of color need all of the genuine allies they can find to combat the disparities in health and health care, where the stakes literally are life

“In New York, white residents have received a disproportionate share of vaccines in each of the state’s 10 regions and i...
03/10/2021
The Buffalo News

“In New York, white residents have received a disproportionate share of vaccines in each of the state’s 10 regions and in all five counties of Western New York. That disparity is especially dramatic in Erie County…"

In Western New York, where more than 10% of the population is Black, African Americans represent fewer than 5% of the people getting shots.

The Community as Classroom team recently competed in the regional Future City Competition and earned the Spirit Award an...
03/09/2021
Community as Classroom: Reflection on the Future City Competition

The Community as Classroom team recently competed in the regional Future City Competition and earned the Spirit Award and a spot as an overall Finalist! Here is a reflection on the process by Community as Classroom teachers Ausra and Cameron. https://right2thecity.com/2021/03/09/community-as-classroom-reflection-on-the-future-city-competition/

By Ausra Mussett and Cameron Carver “In the midst of all things dystopian—a global pandemic, a climate crisis and an ever-amplified outcry for racial justice—what is the use of designing a ut…

Democracy Now!
03/09/2021
Democracy Now!

Democracy Now!

Fifty years ago, on March 8, 1971, a group of eight activists staged one of the most stunning acts of defiance of the Vietnam War era when they broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, and stole every document they found. The activists, calling themselves the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, began leaking shocking details about FBI abuses to the media. The documents exposed COINTELPRO, the FBI’s secret Counterintelligence Program, a global, clandestine, unconstitutional practice of surveillance, infiltration and disruption of groups engaged in protest, dissent and social change. Targets included Martin Luther King Jr., the Black Panthers, the American Indian Movement, the Young Lords, antiwar groups, Black booksellers and other organizations. The leaked documents triggered congressional investigations, increased oversight and the eventual passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The FBI never knew who was involved in the break-in until 2014, when several of the burglars made their identity public to coincide with the publication of a book about the break-in. To mark the 50th anniversary, we speak with Bonnie Raines, one of the activists involved in the heist, as well as Paul Coates, the founder and director of Black Classic Press and BCP Digital Printing, who was a target of FBI surveillance as part of COINTELPRO. “We already knew that we were being infiltrated. We knew that provocateurs were all throughout. We knew that the FBI had us under constant surveillance,” says Coates. “But I don’t think anyone at the time really knew the full extent of the program.”

03/03/2021
The Buffalo News

The Buffalo News

When it comes to getting the Covid-19 vaccine in Erie County, affluence equals access. Of the top seven ZIP codes in Erie County where more than a fifth of residents have already received the Covid-19 vaccine, six came from the Amherst, Clarence and Orchard Park, which are among the wealthiest communities in the region, according to data shared Tuesday by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

Read the full story: https://buffalonews.com/news/local/amherst-clarence-and-orchard-park-see-higher-covid-19-vaccination-rates/article_a4fabcec-7b99-11eb-a2e7-d78ac1b608db.html?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_TheBuffaloNews

An excellent piece highlighting both our founding director and the work we do here at the Center for Urban Studies. Univ...
03/01/2021
Henry Taylor is a tireless advocate for racial justice through urban planning

An excellent piece highlighting both our founding director and the work we do here at the Center for Urban Studies. University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
http://ap.buffalo.edu/news/2021/taylor-racialjustice.html

Director of UB's Center for Urban Studies and a member of the urban planning faculty for more than 30 years, Henry Taylor continues to bring his impassioned perspective on urban life and racial justice to both the university and the city he calls home. 

University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
03/01/2021

University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning

Today we celebrate Black History Month with award winning activist-scholar Henry Louis Taylor Jr., founding director of the University at Buffalo Center for Urban Studies and professor of urban and regional planning in UB’s School of Architecture and Planning. His research examines distressed urban areas and the factors behind their exploitation and underdevelopment. A member of the UB faculty for more than 30 years, Taylor continues to bring his impassioned perspective on urban life and racial justice to both the university and the city he calls home. Read the full story via http://ap.Buffalo.edu/racialjustice #blackhistorymonth #endracism #urbanplanning #urbanplanner #urbanstudies #neighborhooddevelopment #ubuffalo #ubuffaloarchplan

Here at the Center, the Community as Classroom team is gearing up for the Future City Competition this weekend. They've ...
02/25/2021

Here at the Center, the Community as Classroom team is gearing up for the Future City Competition this weekend. They've named their model "Luna Love." Watch the presentation of the model here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VSBvCQfgww

University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
02/25/2021

University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning

In celebration of Black History Month and Black Excellence we recognize Byron Nicholas, MUP ’13, BAED ’11, for his work informing the conversation on racial justice in relationship to urban planning and placemaking, through his blog Black + Urban @blackandurban. The New Jersey-based transportation planner says design and planning professionals play a particularly important role in addressing the diverse experiences of the Black family, the 2021 theme of Black History Month as designated by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History: “The African Diaspora is widely diverse, and that can be seen in the ethnography of Black communities throughout the United States which also translates into the different cultural neighborhood enclaves within the Black community. Design professionals should consider individual family nuclei and communal customs when planning and designing in and for cultural enclaves.” Byron also says he hopes Black + Urban can provide a safe space for reconsidering possibilities for anti-racist practices in urban planning: “I launched Black + Urban to provide a space for people who don't usually have a platform to express their opinions, ideas, and solutions - particularly young and emerging planners hoping to inspire others to change their behavior and the physical places where they live.” Read our full Q&A with Byron . http://ap.buffalo.edu/racialjustice.html#urbanplanning #antiracism #racialjustice #justdesign #endracism #blackexcellence #blackhistorymonth #urbandesign #ubuffalo #ubuffaloarchplan #blackandurban

Watch the replay of "Beyond the Knife: Anti-Racism and Health Equity" with Dr. Cornel West here: https://www.youtube.com...
02/22/2021
UB Department of Surgery presents Beyond the Knife with Cornel West

Watch the replay of "Beyond the Knife: Anti-Racism and Health Equity" with Dr. Cornel West here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3EDHTvNi_A (Dr. Taylor asks Dr. West about the persistence of health inequities between Black and White Americans around 28:00.)

An endowed lecture series and mentorship programs are among the department’s efforts to address inclusive representation in surgery and the role of racism in...

"The Blackness Project" is now available to stream on Amazon Prime, narrated by our founding director, Henry-Louis Taylo...
02/10/2021
Buffalo-made 'The Blackness Project,' now on Amazon Prime, keeps dialogue open on race relations

"The Blackness Project" is now available to stream on Amazon Prime, narrated by our founding director, Henry-Louis Taylor, Jr.
https://buffalonews.com/entertainment/movies/buffalo-made-the-blackness-project-now-on-amazon-prime-keeps-dialogue-open-on-race-relations/article_16ab2884-6a2b-11eb-b059-bf99ddffa3e3.html

Made by Buffalo-born filmmaker Korey Green, “The Blackness Project” uses Black voices and perspectives in a frank and ongoing discussion about race in America.

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Department of Surgery is hosting Dr. Cornel West as the keynote sp...
02/09/2021
Endowed Lectureship

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Department of Surgery is hosting Dr. Cornel West as the keynote speaker at an event titled "Beyond the Knife: Anti-Racism and Health Equity." Center for Urban Studies founding direct Henry-Louis Taylor, Jr. will serve as a panelist. Find more information here: http://medicine.buffalo.edu/departments/surgery/diversity-and-inclusion/lectureship.html

The Department of Surgery’s newly endowed lecture series is a testament to our seriousness of purpose and our intention to make questions of anti-racism foundational to our mission going forward. 

Check out our blog! Updated regularly, we comment on, and provide links to, articles regarding currents events such as s...
02/09/2021
Right 2 The City

Check out our blog! Updated regularly, we comment on, and provide links to, articles regarding currents events such as social justice movements, politics, COVID-19 news, and more… www.right2thecity.com

A battle cry to remake the city in our own image

The spring schedule for the 2020-21 "Toward Racial Justice" lecture series is out. Highlights include Edward Goetz, Pasc...
02/08/2021
Toward Racial Justice

The spring schedule for the 2020-21 "Toward Racial Justice" lecture series is out. Highlights include Edward Goetz, Pascale Sablan, India Walton, and Jason Hackworth.
http://ap.buffalo.edu/events/2020/2020_21_publicprograms.html

Our 2020-21 Lecture Series focuses on racial justice in our disciplines and the broader impacts that the work of architects and urban planners have on historically disenfranchised communities, to generate dialogue and prompt real change.

LISC WNY
02/05/2021

LISC WNY

Black history is Buffalo history. Check out www.prideinplacebuffalo.com, a collaboration of the @aarplivable Community Challenge project to learn more about Buffalo's Black history and creative culture. You can design your own exploration tour, check out neighborhood art and photography, learn about healthy living program opportunities and more!
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02/03/2021
African-American Resource Center (AARC)

Watch the Center for Urban Studies founder and executive director, Henry-Louis Taylor, Jr. in a discussion, along with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, hosted by the African-American Resource Center (AARC).

Join us for this exciting discussion!

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