Our Programs

In-Person P2E Fellowship

January - August 2020

in the SF Bay Area

Virtual P2E Fellowship

September 29 - December 8, 2020

In-Person Fellowship

As a Pathways to Equity Fellow, you will gain:

  • Hands on, real world experience with a community partner

  • A self reflective practice

  • A network of practitioners with your shared values (your tribe)

  • A launchpad for your leadership

We will accomplish this through:​

  • Workshops from local subject matter experts and national industry leaders

  • Funds to implement community-based projects

  • Your commitment of 2-4 hours a week to build relationships with community partners

  • Peer to peer support and learning

  • Leadership from mentors and ongoing support


Workshop topics include: 

Building our Community, Language setting, Empathy techniques, Allyship, Community Agreements, Self-Reflective Practices, Trauma-Informed Design, Historical Context, Understanding Organizational Capacity, Community Organizing and Power Dynamics, Engagement Strategies, Community Partner Presentations, Team Building and Collaboration, Metrics and Evaluation.


Your Firm Paying? 

Sliding scale from $2,000 - $4,000 and receive recognition on all materials 


Paying as an Individual? 

Sliding scale from $450 - $1000. In kind contributions will also be considered. 

*We acknowledge that we live on and benefit from Ohlone land. A portion of tuition will be contributed to the Sogorea Te' Land Trust.

What we ask of our fellows:


  • To devote up to 20 hours of workday time over the duration of the 6 months with the additional time being on nights and weekends. 

  • To be present for in-person gatherings on:

    • January 26th and 27th

    • February 8th and 9th

    • March 14 or 15 (TBD)

    • April 11 or 12 (TBD)

    • May 16 or 17 (TBD)

    • June 14th

Qualifications and Eligibility:

This program is open to professionals who want to learn more equitable design practices in any field. We welcome a broad range of perspectives in our cohort: architects, urban planners, designers, community development experts, artists, and social workers. 

Watch this space! Applications open in August
Applications for our Fall Virtual Cohort opening soon!  Sessions are on Tuesdays, 4:30 - 6 PCT,  from 9/29 - 12/8 (excluding Nov 24th).

The P2E Virtual Program

Pathways to Equity Virtual is a series of interactive online courses and presentations guiding participants through various processes and best practices of community design including curated readings, baseline definitions, resources, and exercises.

Learning Modules of P2E Virtual










Pathways to Equity Virtual will be 20 chosen practitioners, or aspiring community design practitioners committed to self reflection and prioritizing lived experiences of partners and community members within the design process. Ideal for those working in or around the design of the built environment looking for introductory level discussions about equity. 

Program Structure 

Four modules of 2 sessions each take place from June 2nd to August 4th 2020. Virtual sessions, or classes, take place once every two weeks on a Tuesday evening with a duration of 1 - 1.5 hours. 

Participant Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand what community-based practice is, its values and examples of projects

  • Learn and define language for community based practice

  • Understand personal identities and our role in this work

  • Build greater understanding/perspective of the history of our built environment 

  • Learn about a range of community engagement methods/techniques

  • Learn how to gather and tell stories with the community

  • Understand what to evaluate, how to craft an evaluation form, when to administer

  • Understand building community partnerships


Each module is valued at $55, with a discount of $20 if all four are purchased at once for a total of $200.


Send us an email at info [@] openarchcollab [dot] org


Testimonials from Previous Cohorts

"I feel more empowered to advocate very clearly for participatory and equity focused processes with the people I am talking to and consulting with. Knowing that there are many colleagues out there in the design world who share these values and are working to realize them in their work is inspiring and hopeful and also opens up a lot of resources for advice and models."


"It helped me to be true to how i'd like to work and to be as a human being, rather than feel the pressure to work a certain way because this is what others are doing in the company culture or larger culture."

"I really liked how the program was designed- well thought out, precise and transitioned smoothly from one topic to the other. The breakout sessions and partner connection were really great to connect with other participants."



Tel: 510-214-2954

2973 16th St. Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94103

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