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Our Goals

By participating in this program, designers will learn best practices for community engagement and equitable design. They put those lessons into direct action with the support of the cohort, facilitators and community partners. To achieve our objectives we aim to:

Fulfill a more equitable and impactful design practice

Amplify the voices of community leaders 

Create a welcoming, brave and inspiring space to grow personally and professionally. 

Establish a cohort of design professionals prepared  to support community initiatives with an equity lens. 

Support professionals to advocate for social justice within their firms

Our Values

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Our Core Team

Our Origins

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.



Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that we are located on the traditional lands of the CHOCHENYO & RAMAYTUSH OHLONE peoples past, present and future. We acknowledge the traditional owners and caretakers of these lands. Knowing these truths, especially for a profession that builds on land, are critical to understanding and connecting across heritage and difference. If you’d like to know more about what territory you are on, please visit Pathways to Equity supports Sogorea Te Land Trust

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)

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