RCHI invites you to join us at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Room 9-255) April 2,2018 for a presentation by Dr. S. Atyia Martin entitled "Seeking Equitable Resilience for Boston and Beyond."
Additional remarks will be made by RCHI Director Lawrence Vale, Ceasar McDowell, and Jonah Susskind.
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About Dr. S. Atyia Martin:
Dr. Martin is currently the CEO & Founder of All Aces, Inc. Additionally, she serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute. Dr. Martin was the first Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of 100 Resilient Cities. She led the development and implementation of Boston's first resilience strategy which was the first one in the 100 Resilient Cities network to make racial equity, social justice, and social cohesion the foundation of building resilience across the city. She engaged over 11,000 people across government, community, businesses, and nonprofits to develop Resilient Boston: An Equitable, Connected City. Smart Cities magazine selected Resilient Boston as the best resilience strategy of 2017 and the Center for American Progress featured it in its report A Framework for Local Action on Climate Change.
Prior to her role as Chief Resilience Officer, Dr. Martin was the director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). In this role, she was responsible for coordinating public health, healthcare, and community health preparedness; emergency response and recovery coordination among the public health and healthcare system; oversight of the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center to coordinate response and recovery efforts; and education and training through the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness. She led the expansion of the DelValle Institute from the greater Boston area to the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Additionally, she increased their reach and capacity by facilitating the development and implementation of a learning management system to support in-person training and expansion into online learning. During her tenure, she led the public health and healthcare response to the Boston Marathon bombings, the winter snow storms of 2015, trolley crashes, train crashes, the Long Island evacuation, and dozens of smaller scale emergencies.
About Lawrence Vale: Lawrence Vale is Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT, where he served as Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 2002 until January 2009. He has taught in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning since 1988, and he is currently the director of the Resilient Cities Housing Initiative (RCHI), a unit of the School’s Center for Advanced Urbanism. He was president of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History for 2011-2013. Vale holds degrees from Amherst College (B.A. in American Studies, summa cum laude), M.I.T. (S.M.Arch.S.), and the University of Oxford (D.Phil.), which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author or editor of ten books examining urban design, housing and planning.
About Ceasar McDowell: Professor of the Practice of Community Development, Ed.D. Harvard Ceasar L. McDowell holds an Ed.D. (88) and M.Ed. (84) from Harvard. Ceasar's current work is on the development of community knowledge systems and civic engagement. He is also expanding his critical moments reflection methodology to identify, share, and maintain grassroots knowledge. His research and teaching interests also include the use of mass media and technology in promoting democracy and community-building, the education of urban students, the development and use of empathy in community work, civil rights history, peacemaking, and conflict resolution. He is Director of the Global Civic Engagement Organization, Dropping Knowledge International, MIT's former Center for Reflective Community Practice (renamed Co-Lab), Co-founder of The Civil Rights Forum on Telecommunications Policy, and founding Board member of The Algebra Project.
About Jonah Susskind: Jonah Susskind is a lecturer at DUSP and a researcher at the Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism. His research spans an array of issues including coastal resiliency, post-industrial urban decline, and the role of live matter within regional urban frameworks. Susskind holds a masters degree in landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where, in 2016, he was awarded a Penny White Prize to support his research on industrial urban timber management. His thesis project, Forward From Woodward: Planning New Growth Along the American Rust Belt received an ASLA Certificate of Honor and he is a contributing author to the book, Wood Urbanism: From Molecular to Territorial (forthcoming Actar, 2017).
Organized by the Resilient Cities Housing Initiative (RCHI) at MIT DUSP