Conference Recordings

SCUP Fellow Presentation | Peripheral Vision

Planning and Designing Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Learning Environments
Published July 13, 2021
Presented by Shannon Dowling, 2020–21 SCUP Fellow, Ayers Saint Gross | Eve Klein, CUNY Graduate School and University Center
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Gain an early view of a yearlong study into creating a set of metrics for campus planners and facility designers to assess physical space on campus in support of the strategic planning values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We'll review common themes found in strategic plans across institutional typologies and contributing research and studies on the topic. Student input on belonging, including a student design competition, provide thought starters to institutions in the form of scalable vignettes. The vignettes, alongside a developing list of criteria and metrics around campus environments, including outdoor space, building entries, public study and lounge space, formal instructional environments, research labs, and residence halls, will provide a roadmap for translating diversity, equity, and inclusion from core values and strategic themes to impactful, informed, and authentic physical projects.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain the common goals and current metrics around diversity, equity, and inclusion found in strategic plans across institution types—from HBCU to small liberal arts to large public research.
  2. Define how physical space can contribute to belonging from the perspective of students.
  3. Assess your campus spaces from a DEI lens with specific criteria and metrics as outlined.
  4. Implement physical planning and design projects in support of institutional-wide DEI goals.


Shannon Dowling, 2020-21 SCUP Fellow
Learning Environments Planner, Ayers Saint Gross
Eve Klein, Co-Founder, User Design Information Group, CUNY Graduate School and University Center

Continuing Education Units: AIA HSW 1 Unit (SCUP56C010) | AICP CM 1 Unit

Recorded 7/13/21.

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