Join us June 6-9, 2018, for the 2018 EDRA49 Annual Conference in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! Walk along the streets of Oklahoma City, home to an attractive variety of historic buildings. Eye-catching religious buildings, and magnificent structures of great architectural and historic significance. Check out what OKC has to offer, click here.
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Can't make the full conference? Join us for lunch on Thursday or Friday to hear from local speakers on the work being done in Oklahoma to foster greater social equity in our communities.
Economic Diversification: What it means for Indian Country – Dan Boren from the Chicksaw Nation
As President of Corporate Development for the Chickasaw Nation, Dan serves on numerous boards within the Nation that cut across the technology, health, financial services and energy sectors.
Parks as the Basis for Equitable Urban Redevelopment – Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa Mayor G. T. Bynum
Cornett and Bynum will discuss the development of two new "generation changing" parks: The Gathering Place (Tulsa) and Scissortail Park (Oklahoma City).
Cancellation requests must be submitted through the online form. Requests received by May 4, 2018, will receive a refund of the registration fee, less a $50 administrative charge. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after the deadline. No-shows are NOT refundable under any circumstances. There are no exceptions to this policy.
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Friday Networking Breakfast Sponsor
Mobile Session Sponsors
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Ball State University
Oklahoma State University
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What is Social Equity?
What is social equity? And how do EDRA members promote social equity through their daily engagement with built environment research and practice? Community Shares of Cincinnati defines it as making sure everyone has equal access to community resources and opportunities such as housing, medical treatment, education, policing and transportation.
A simple way to assess social equity in our communities and institutions is to ask these three questions:
- Is there fairness and equal treatment?
- Is there equal distribution of resources to reduce inequalities?
- Are we creating equal opportunity through targeted initiatives, programs or services?
Organizations that work for social equity strive to help level the playing field for those who are at a disadvantage for any number of reasons such as poverty, discrimination or disability. While not guaranteeing equality of outcome, helping mitigate the effects of inequality through targeted social equity efforts can help us strive to ensure equality of opportunity.
Social equity is the least defined and understood part of the sustainable development agenda. In 2016, the United Nations recognized among the 17 most important goals for the next 15 years the need to promote greater peace, reduce hunger, improve inclusiveness and reduce inequalities across all sectors of society in addition to balancing economic and environmental costs and promoting smart, eco-friendly environments (UN, 2016).
Social equality is a multifaceted concept that deals with the idea of “biological equality” of all human beings regardless of race or gender, and supports the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Social equity includes universal fulfillment of the most fundamental human needs along with broad access to meaningful work, while respecting the enormous range of life circumstances and personal goals which may drive people to seek different kinds of livelihood.”
Social equity is also the cornerstone of healthy and successful social capital, i.e., the construction of communities whose well-being cannot be maintained for the few at the expense of the many. Yet the road toward a socially equitable city is fraught with conflicts between stakeholders and the values they embrace. What kinds of equitable environments do we want to create together in the end?
EDRA Oklahoma City
Every year, for almost 50 years, socially-motivated professionals and researchers in the environmental design fields have come together during the EDRA conference with a shared belief in the importance of creating environments that are supportive of all people. Through paper presentations, symposia, workshops, intensives, site visits and open discussions, we seek to investigate how to design environments that make communities safer and more enjoyable — more equitable.
The 49th Annual EDRA Conference (EDRA49) will be held in Oklahoma City — the cultural, educational and economic capital of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City is located just 20 minutes from the University of Oklahoma, the state’s flagship university. OU is home to the College of Architecture, a center of excellence grounded in Oklahoma architect Bruce Goff’s American School legacy of contextual, resourceful and experimental design.
Oklahoma City is strategically positioned in the center of the state, at the crossroads of two important national shipping highways: I-40, which extends coast to coast, and I-35, which connects north and south. Originally an agricultural center, the city is now a thriving hub of business, education, and culture, and is home to more than half a million people, with nearly a million more in the greater Oklahoma City metro area.
This location provides a complex foundation for exploring issues of social equity that can be addressed, in part, through environmental design and research. In the past, it’s been ranked among the least healthy cities in the United States — coming in last in walkability, but first in obesity. Over the past five years, however, it has been consistently ranked among the top five most livable cities in the country, supported by innovative city planning and economic programs that have brought about a dramatic urban transformation. This has led to the creation of newly livable, walkable neighborhoods and a renaissance of its downtown, where young professionals are flocking because of its sense of community and vitality.
Even so, areas of poverty and under-served populations remain, with some feeling that they have been left behind during this transformation. This dichotomy highlights the complexity of negotiating issues of equity on a daily basis and ensuring that the benefits of redevelopment efforts are shared by all.
EDRA49 invites you to join us June 6-9 at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel in Oklahoma City to connect with other professionals working to address these challenges. Hear from leading researchers and practitioners as they share their knowledge of and best practices for promoting greater social equity in our world today and in the future. We look forward to a lively event that fosters diverse perspectives from the environmental design fields and their allied professions.