Facilities Planning for Community Colleges: Practicing Equity for Educational Inclusion & Belonging

February 1, 2023
Webinar (Free for Members) 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

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The planning team for Portland Community College will discuss lessons learned while practicing equity to create an inclusive Facilities Plan for Oregon’s largest higher education institution on thresholds of global, local, and institutional shifts. Portland Community College, a multi-campus institution constantly navigating academic, workforce, and social change, offers critical and timely lessons for effective and inclusive integrated planning. Attendees will be encouraged to consider relationships between educational equity, campus planning, and institution-wide shifts. They will feel empowered to balance uncertainty, flexibility, and specificity in planning equitable futures.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Use data to integrate facilities planning with institution-wide values, goals, and shifts.
  2. Examine policies and practices in physical planning and design with a Critical Race Spatial Lens.
  3. Elevate BIPOC student voices into long-term guidance for facilities that will support a diverse student body within an emerging future of hybrid education.
  4. Develop campus plans that translate complex community college priorities into flexible and equitable adaptations of space.


Amara H. Pérez, PhD Picture
Critical Race Spatial Educator, Researcher, and Strategist
Saumya Kini Headshot
Associate, Urban DesignerWalker Macy
Interim Director of Planning and Capital ConstructionPortland Community College