Equity and Representation in Practice

Imagine...the year 2020, the globe was in the throes of a pandemic and the US was grappling with ongoing social injustices and economic stresses. Societal customs and norms were upended. Overnight, everything we once knew about school, work, community, and life changed. Fifty years later, when we reflect, we will see that amidst all the pain emerged the open door for significant systemic and social change. The virus’ lack of discrimination exposed the vast systemic inequities that had long existed. At that time America was at a cultural crossroads and COVID-19 was our unlikely nudge in the right direction. But Why? Because we know that when Diversity (of all representations) intersects with Design the outcome is INNOVATION THROUGH PROBLEM-SOLVING. Join Julia Hawkinson of LAUSD, Christina Hale-Elliott of Equity in Education Consulting, and Kistina Quintanilla of Little as they explore solutions that sit at the intersection of the Planning and Design of Learning Environments, Equity in Curriculum and Development, and Career Pathways College Connections. They will explore how educational inequities have historically, and continue to, contribute barriers to obtaining the knowledge required to enter the Design profession. They will share how exposure to design during early childhood development in combination with continued policy reform will help reshape the future of the profession and the planning and design of our learning environments. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the connection between equity, diversity, and inclusion in our education system and how that directly translates to the future of the design profession attracting and retaining a workforce that is reflective of the broader demographic profile. Panelists will also share practical ways to develop specific pipeline programs to build interest in middle school and high school-age children to ensure that we are building a society that works for all.

Learning Objectives:
1. Gain a deeper understanding of the connection between the benefits of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our Education system and how that directly translates to diversification of the Architecture and Design profession.
2. Understand Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) best practices and how to apply those within their own organization and the broader community.
3. Gain practical ways to expose Pre-K through 6 grade students to the profession of design and the practical application to design thinking.
4. Learn practical ways to develop J.E.D.I. focused programs around Architecture and Design that build interest for middle school and high school students.

Kristina Quintanilla, Assoc. AIA, Director of Studio Strategies, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Inc.
Kristina has 15-years experience working in the educational facilities design arena. Currently serving as Director of Studio Strategies in Little's Newport Beach office, she works closely with Studio Principals to build relationships and strategize new opportunities. In June of 2021 she completed A4LE's Advanced Academy and is actively seeking designation as an Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP)*. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing from Arizona State University and a Certification in Change Leadership from Cornell University. Her passion lies at the intersection of place, education and policy and how they contribute to impacting change in our education environments. *have successfully completed 4 of 6 Advanced Academy Sessions as of this submission

Christina Hale-Elliot, Ed.M, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant, Elliott Educational Services
Christina is the founder and principal consultant of Elliott Educational Services. She provides technical assistance and professional development to school districts, independent schools, nonprofits, teacher education programs, and parent advocacy groups across the country to promote equitable student outcomes using culturally responsive and sustaining education. Christina has been in the field of social justice education for over 20 years, having served as an English teacher, literacy coach, university lecturer and supervisor of teacher education.

Julia Eiko Hawkinson, AIA, ALEP, LEED BD+C, O+M, WELL AP, Senior Facilities Development Manager, Los Angeles Unified School District 

Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)

LearningSCAPES 2021

October 14-17
Hyatt Regency | Denver, CO