Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to pause their work each year on June 19 to engage in university and community activities in recognition of Juneteenth, a celebratory day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. To guide reflection, education, and support of our Black community, our Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Joana Dos Santos and our DEI team compiled a document titled “Juneteenth and the Built Environment,” which highlights the effects and influence of slavery on our built environment and planning practices today.

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