How do you engage historically underserved communities in a public engagement process?
This session will consist of a hands-on activity and discussion on mobilizing historically underserved communities. Prior to the hands-on activity, participants will learn about best practices in engaging communities that have historically lacked active transportation and basic infrastructure while tackling the perceptions of infrastructure improvements in low-income neighborhoods. Participants will then participate in their own guerilla tactical event. Participants will have the opportunity to design and install a guerilla bus stop bench and take home a copy of a Tactical Urbanism guidebook as a part of the activity. The facilitators will guide a discussion of knowledge acquired and how short term, inexpensive implementation projects can lead to lasting change.
About the Presenters:
Shavone Otero is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She moved to Austin in 2014 to attend UT Austin for a double Masters in Community & Regional Planning + Latin American Studies. She seeks to practice participatory planning in pursuit of social/environmental/cultural justice through alternative, community-based strategies, such as expressions of hip-hop culture and indigenous methodologies. She previously worked at Bike Austin as a Community Development Planner and became passionate about mobility justice for underserved communities. Shavone serves on the boards of Evolve Austin and Aura and DJs with Chulita Vinyl Club, a Latinx vinyl collective in Austin.
Jolene Holland Neve is a passionate advocate for bicycle and pedestrian transportation. She pairs her sociological background with her active transportation planning studies to develop ways of addressing issues of equity and social involvement within the profession. Her research includes barriers to bike commuting among women in the US, safest US cities to walk and bike, and bioregional planning practices.
Brianna Frey is an Urban Planner and analyst at Asakura Robinson who primarily works on mapping and data driven projects. She is passionate about the intersection of community development and placemaking. She focuses on asset-based community and economic development for small area plans. In 2016, she earned her Master’s degree in Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently serves on Bike Austin’s Membership Committee. Brianna continues to work towards embracing and enhancing the livelihood and vitality of community and public spaces by strengthening existing community relationships and programs.