“What difference does difference make?” – School of Architecture + Cities Equity Forum Launch | Monday, November 29, 18:00 (GMT)

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When: Monday, 29th of November at 6pm (GMT)

Where: In-person in M416 (Robin Evans Room), University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS + Online

Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.

The launch of the School of Architecture + Cities Equity Forum will introduce its members, explain its values, and its place within the School’s wider EDI-related strategic planning.

Although the intention is to stream the session online as well as hold the face-to-face event, we would encourage participants to attend in person to engage more directly in discussion, as well as join us for refreshments and networking after. In addition to celebrating the launch of the Forum and providing updates, the event aims to provide Tutors, Course and Module Leaders with more context to help inform their own EDI-related thinking and planning at course and module level. Our response to the challenge of making our school more equitable will require ongoing discussion, reflection, and – crucially – action. External friends, stakeholders, and supporters will also be in attendance.

Tickets are broken down into in-person attendance (Student, Staff or External), or virtual (via Zoom as a webcast). Please ensure you register prior to attending, so we can ensure we have an accurate record of attendees.


18.00 Introduction: EDI in Architecture and Cities (Harry Charrington, Head of School)

18.15 The Equity Forum: Context and Aspiration (Samir Pandya, School EDI Lead)

18.45 Introduction to newly appointed Student EDI Champion (Andy Pitchford, Director of CETI, introduces Lucy Banbury)

18.55 Panel Discussion – What difference does Difference make? (Chaired by Linda Tighlit, Westminster Architecture Society), followed by Q&A.

19.30 Drinks and networking

Panel Members:

• Alison Carrillo Culqui (BA Interior Architecture)

• Amjad Butt (BSc Architectural Technology)

• Derin Fadina (School Alumnus)

• Lucy Banbury (School Student EDI Champion)

• Marie Kaune (BA Designing Cities)

• Shaun Ihejetoh (School EDI Practice Advocate, West Port Architects)

• Sude Yilmaz (BA Architecture)

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