A design leadership experience for social equity

a design leadership

experience for
social equity


2020 Recipient of the 

NOMA, NAACP, SEED Award for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Design 

Pathways to Equity is honored to be a recipient of the Award for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for our work with West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project! Our collaboration has been acknowledged for its equity-focused process, addressing how the land use development process can create equity, where it has previously created disparity, in the most marginalized communities.

Read More and watch our presentation here.


We center equity and racial justice when learning public interest design knowledge and practices. We create transformative learning experiences through interactive workshops, relationship-building and moving at the speed of trust.

How We Work

We offer our curriculum in 3 formats, tailored to your needs.

10 Week Virtual Program

6 month In-Person Bay Area Fellowship

Customizable Courses

We believe equity* starts with belonging. With P2E, you will learn inclusionary and proactive processes such as active listening, engaged research, personal self-reflection, restorative justice, trauma-informed practices, and responsive iteration towards social impact design methods.

* We define equity as “just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.” (Policylink)

Knowledge is power! [Pathways to Equity] provides context, vocabulary and tools for designers to work more equitably with communities. - 2018 Fellow

2020 Fellowship Applications Now Open!

Thank you for showing interest in the fellowship. We hope to see your application by the deadline of Dec. 13th at 9pm PST. 

We are looking for early and mid-career professionals working in any fields that impact the built environment who are looking to learn more about equitable practices.


Curriculum at a Glance

Self Reflection

Historical and Systemic Context

Equitable Design Methods

Strategies and Processes


This program is a collaboration between the Open Architecture Collaborative and the Association for Community Design. After 16 years of experience working with volunteer architects and designers on community driven design around the globe, the Open Architecture Collaborative shares the lessons learned. ACD brings the knowledge and experience of leaders from community design centers and practitioners from around the US to inform the program content and drive the community partnerships.




Tel: 510-214-2954

2973 16th St. Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94103

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