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CCA@CCA Belonging Symposium

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Sat, Mar 4 2023, 1PM - 4PM

Nave Presentation Space | 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107 View map

Part of event series: Creative Citizens Series Spring 2023


Organized by

Creative Citizens in Action (CCA@CCA)

Event description

"After an individual’s basic needs are met, the door is opened to experience a sense of belonging. Belonging cultivates feelings that the individual matters, they are valued, they feel safety, and it is conveyed that they are indispensable to the group. A sense of belonging is relational, reciprocal, and dynamic." —Tricia Brand, VP of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at CCA

The CCA@CCA Belonging Symposium is an afternoon of participatory workshops, conversations and activations that explore the various dimensions of Belonging, unpacking its manyfold perspectives, premises and tensions. The goal of this symposium is to set in motion a reciprocal and generative dialogue among the members of CCA community about the conditions for belonging as a space of safety, care and virtuous mutualism.

The symposium is a compendium of faculty and student-led activities that reflect a diversity of creative practices and critical pedagogies, highlighting those who are already doing deep work on Belonging among the CCA faculty, students and staff. Seeing Belonging as a foundational pillar for the community's wellbeing, this symposium seeks to build common ground for Belonging as an inherently embodied experience moving between comfort and discomfort. Belonging is not about consensus but about holding space and embracing the spectrum of perspectives. 

Featuring a conversation about Belonging with Vice President of DEIB Tricia Brand and 2022 Creative Citizenship Fellow Christine Wong Yap, workshops led by faculty Faith Adiele, Genevieve Hyacinthe, Steve Jones, and Michael Washington, and interactive installations curated by CCA@CCA Student Fellows Shreya Shankar (MArch ‘23) and Layla Namak (MArch ‘25). Tea, coffee, and cookies will be available.

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Entry details

Free and open to the public

Organized by the Creative Citizens in Action initiative, in collaboration with CCA faculty, students, and staff, the symposium serves as an anchor point for the Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series, a year-long conversation series that spans the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and writing. The symposium is organized by 2023 CCA@CCA Faculty Coordinator Julia Grinkrug (Adjunct II, Architecture) in partnership with Shalini Agrawal (Associate Professor, Critical Ethnic Studies). The premise and content of the program was co-created by CCA@CCA staff, student Fellows Shreya Shankar (MArch ‘23) and Layla Namak (MArch ‘25) and the faculty facilitators, in coordination with Tricia Brand, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and the Center for Art and Public Life.