Anna Bierbrauer, Claire Bulik, Jazmyn Dennard, Isra Fakhruddin, Alex Hardesty, Emma Hundsdorfer, & Adison Petti
Jody Beck, Julee Herdt, Joern Langhorst, Jenny Steffel Johnson, & Adam Wagoner
Rachel Brown, Jesse Kuroiwa, Roxy New, & Terri Robles
CAP will begin hosting open forums for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Spring 2021. The first open forum will take place during the 3rd week of classes (Feb.1-5). It will begin with a brief progress overview from the JEDI leadership team, which is currently comprised of students, faculty, and staff in CAP. The remaining majority of the forum will be moderated to facilitate questions, comments, and ideas for JEDI initiatives, priorities, and goals in CAP. Your input is desired on topics ranging from retention to curriculum overview and more.
Please contact us via email for any accessibility requests related to these forums. Stay tuned for an announcement of dates and your invitation to shape the future of JEDI in CAP!
1. Over the last two months, we have raised more than $525,000 for a new CAP JEDI Fund thanks to generous contributions from our CAP community. This fund will be applied to scholarships, Visiting Faculty, and more.
We are extremely grateful to Penni Hudis, PhD whose gift of $250,000 in memory of her late husband, CAP alumnus Ira Fink, PhD will support the JEDI initiative.
We also extend our deep appreciation to distinguished alumnus and CAP Advisory Board Chair David Tryba who has committed $25,000 on behalf of Tryba Associates and has challenged 10 other Denver architecture firms to contribute as well.
2. Staff: We are hiring a new Recruiter to focus specifically on reaching out to middle and high school students, pending approval. Many thanks to Jo Vandenburg, Stephanie Kelly, and Jodi Stock for serving on the Search Committee. Distinguished CAP alumnus Terry Ware has graciously volunteered to serve on this committee as well, and to provide outreach assistance to the new recruiter once on board.
3. Faculty: For the 2020-21 academic year, a number of stellar new faculty members in the Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture Departments will significantly enhance the diversity of our faculty. We are also launching searches for three new tenure-track positions – two for Architecture and one for Planning – pending approval. In addition, a new Visiting Faculty position will bring to the college professors whose work advances justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
4. CAP Advisory Board: Five esteemed new members are adding greater diversity to our board: Flory Hamstra (co-founder of NOMA5280, CAP M Arch alumna) Joey Carasquillo (AMD, Architect) Eugene Howard (City of Denver, CAP Master of Planning alumnus) Sue Powers (Urban Ventures CEO, Planner) Dominic Weilminster (Stantec, CAP M Arch alumnus).
5. Sharing and Listening to develop the ACTION Plan: We’ve had a number of important conversations for sharing and listening, and these conversations are continuing. We greatly appreciate the feedback received on the JEDI Worksheet that was distributed to everyone and is informing the CAP JEDI ACTION Plan.
6. John Henderson Exhibition: In partnership with History Colorado, the college will be hosting an exhibition on the work of John Henderson, the first licensed Black architect in Colorado. One student will be selected to receive a History Colorado Fellowship for the Fall 2020 semester to assist (remotely) with cataloging the Henderson Collection and curating the exhibition. The application for this Fellowship will be distributed shortly.