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Skill Building for the Intercultural Planner

posted Mar 10, 2012, 9:31 AM by Molly McCullagh   [ updated Apr 2, 2012, 7:43 AM ]
Skill Building for the Intercultural Planner: A 
Cultural Competency Workshop for Planning and Policy Students

Friday, April 6th
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
location: room 114, Sackler Building, Tufts University, 145 Harrison Avenue, Boston 02111 (1 block from Orange Line Tufts Medical Center stop)

We welcome city planning and policy students from the Boston-area to join us for this day of interactive workshops!

The day's events include:
Cultural Competency in Urban Planning Curriculum (Tufts’s Dr. Julian Agyeman)
Spatial Justice workshop (Design Studio 4 Social Intervention)
Bystander Awareness workshop (UMass’s Dr. Maureen Scully)
Positions of Knowing, Trajectories of Experience, and the Challenge of Global Urban Practice (Tufts’s Dr. Ryan Centner)

For more information, e-mail

Registration required; $5, includes lunch (vegetarian friendly)
Please register by April 1st.

Hosted by the Tufts Intercultural Practice Group, with funding support from the Tufts Graduate Student Council

Registration has closed.  Please email if you would like to attend.  Space may be available but is not guaranteed.

More about the workshop topics

Spatial Justice:  "What practices and policies create spaces that promote equity, access, health, and justice?” Space is currently functioning as one the most important resources for the expression of disapproval and outrage in this political moment.  Spatial justice, most simply, is the intersection of space and social justice.  This workshop will exercise spatial justice principles by having participants inspect spaces closely and see how justice and injustice are played out in the visible and invisible structural arrangements of space.  

Bystander Awareness: Bystander awareness training encourages “active bystanders” who appropriately assess situations to understand “just what is happening, and how do I feel about it?” and who evaluate options and choose a strategy for responding.  Active bystanders can play a pivotal role in showing that the norms of valuing diversity and creating an inclusive environment in the workplace or community setting are critical to the work of planning and policy professionals.

More about the presenters
Julian Agyeman: Julian is the chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.  He is an environmental social scientist with degrees in botany, geography, conservation policy and environmental education whose expertise and current research interests are in four broad areas, each of which critically explores some aspect(s) of the complex and embedded relations between humans and the environment, whether mediated by institutions or social movement organizations, and the effects of this on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity.

Ryan Centner: Ryan is an urban sociologist at Tufts University's Department of Sociology.  He is currently completing a book manuscript about neighborhood redevelopment amid IMF-inspired reforms in Buenos Aires, where he completed more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork. Ryan is also working on several articles and other projects that address urban social change and its connections to larger political struggles and the remaking of material space – from Latin America to the Middle East and Southern Europe. He has taught courses on Sociology of the Built Environment, Sociology of Development & Globalization, and Sociology of Leadership.

Design Studio 4 Social Intervention: We are an artistic research and development outfit for the improvement of civil society and everyday life. We are situated at the intersections of design thinking and practice, social justice and activism, public art and social practice and civic / popular engagement. We design and test social interventions with and on behalf of marginalized populations, controversies and ways of life.

Maureen Scully: Maureen is a faculty member in the College of Management at UMass Boston, where she also serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. She studies how the ideology of meritocracy is invoked to legitimate inequality in the United States and thereby impedes efforts to address poverty. She also examines how “tempered radicals,” working from inside traditional corporate and workplace locations, can engage in change efforts that make a difference and improve social justice. Working with the Emerging Leaders Program at UMass Boston, she supports teams of mid-career professionals from the corporate, non-profit, and government sectors who undertake projects to address affordable housing, economic development, and racial integration of communities. She works with the Center for Social Policy to facilitate inclusive change processes that involve multiple stakeholders from the community.