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Building. Mission. Culture.

Infusing Social Impact and DEI into ALL Planning Projects
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Delivered April 12, 2023
Presented by Dr. Timeka Gordon, Texas Christian University | Dr. Adanna Johnson, Georgetown University | Marisa Nemcik, CannonDesign | Norm Miles, Blue Cottage of CannonDesign | Dr. Amy Kenny, Georgetown University | Annie Selak, PhD, Georgetown University

Higher education institutions realize DEI and social impact are no longer optional elements but imperatives to remain relevant. Amidst this renewed awakening around inclusion and social impact, many planning and design leaders still seek a deeper understanding of how design can directly impact these outcomes.

This presentation will provide insight and offer practical solutions for making DEI and social impact foundational and integrated into every building and planning project. It will offer clear strategies and real-world examples that empower attendees to activate more holistic campus planning efforts and more intentionally align social impact and DEI to institutional strategic and capital plans.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Make the case for evolving campus planning approaches to focus on campus-wide DEI and social impact.
  2. Articulate the important differences between designing hubs for social impact and DEI and infusing it throughout campus planning.
  3. Identify ways for Social impact and DEI be integrated into the campus ecosystem-through built solutions, operations and beyond-to encourage ever-present inclusion.
  4. Establish a process for university leaders to promote social impact and DEI as an institutional imperative for every campus planning project.


Dr. Timeka Gordon, Director of Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services, Texas Christian University
Dr. Adanna Johnson, AVP for Student Equity and Inclusion, Georgetown University
Marisa Nemcik, Architect/Higher Education Planner, CannonDesign
Norm Miles, Senior Vice President and Director of Social Impact and DEI at Cannon Design, Blue Cottage of CannonDesign
Dr. Amy Kenny, Associate Director of the Disability Cultural Initiative, Georgetown University
Annie Selak, PhD, Associate Director of the Georgetown University Women’s Center, Georgetown University

Recorded April 12, 2023.

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