2020 Forward Equitable Development Conference

Over the summer, PACDC explored healing, equity, and justice across four Equitable Development Conference conversations. You can find our plenary sessions, afternoon workshops, and relevant materials here.

Check Out Our Conference Program Booklet


Wednesday, September 2nd

Morning Plenary Discussion

Is this the moment to remake philanthropy?

Nigel Charles, Laura Otten, Ph.D., and Edgar Villanueva discuss radical changes for philanthropy with PACDC’s Pam Bridgeforth.

Breakout Discussions

Partnerships between Artists and CDCs: Lessons Learned

Led by Calece Johnson (NeighborWorks America), Mark Lenn Johnson (Art Inc. Kentucky), Jake Norton (New Kensington CDC), and Paul Singh (NeighborWorks America)

Partnerships Between Artists and CDCs PowerPoint

Relationship is the Project: Decolonizing Community Engagement to Grow Community-Based Practice

Led by Lisa Jo Epstein, Ph.D (Just Act) and Micaela Robolino (Just Act)

Strengthening Connections: How Place-Based, Artistic Interventions Impact Safety and Accessibility in North Philadelphia

Led by Priscilla Bell Lamberty (Artist), Maya Curtis (Mural Arts Philadelphia), Mark Dodds (City of Philadelphia Division of Housing and Community Development), Cathy Harris (Mural Arts Philadelphia), and Tiffany White (Community Leader)


Wednesday, August 12th

Morning Plenary Discussion

How can community developers learn from and support the next generation of leaders?

Ricardo Calderon, Tamir Harper, and Stasia Monteiro (facilitator) discuss youth leadership and activism.

Breakout Discussions

Equity and the Development Process

Led by Charnelle Hicks (CHPlanning), Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, Steve Masters (JustLaws), and Jaime Phillips (CHPlanning)

Equity and the Development Process PowerPoint

Justice through Storytelling: How Practitioners Put the Humanities at the Center of Community Development

Led by Julie Donofrio (PennPraxis), Daniel Egusquiza (Barrio Alegría), Dawn Frisby Byers (PA Humanities Council), Ulysses Slaughter (Chester Made), and Lindsay Varner (Cumberland Historical Society)

National Humanities Evaluation PowerPoint

Cumberland County Historical Society PowerPoint


Wednesday, July 29th

Morning Plenary Discussion

How can we stretch our thinking and work for deeper impact on racial and social equity?

Jamira Burley, Dr. Andre Perry, Anea Moore (facilitator) join together to discuss the realities of race and equity in Philadelphia and around the country and the role we all have to play in moving racial justice forward.

Breakout Discussions

Philadelphia’s OhSoWhite Development and Construction Industry

Led by Blane F. Stoddart (BFW Group) and J’nelle Lawrence (Economy League of Greater Philadelphia)

Philadelphia OhSoWhite PowerPoint

Real Estate Strategies for Neighborhood Preservation

Led by Arthur Gimenez (PIDC), David K. Simms (Eatible Delights), and Richard Olaya (OZ Collaborative)

Commercial Mortgage PowerPoint

Community Impact Through Arts and Cultural Engagement

Led by: Cass Green and Jerry Adam Puryear of Mill Creek Community Partnerships

Community Impact Presentation


Wednesday, July 8th

Where are we now, and how can our communities heal through our work?

Dr. Mindy Fullilove, Jeremy Liu, Joe McNeely, and Tempest Carter (facilitator) participated in a frank discussion of this unique moment of our times and how neighborhood vitality is at the forefront of healing, action and social justice.

Conference Materials:

Dr. Mindy Fullilove Slideshow
Arts and Community Development Theory of Change

For past conferences, please visit: https://pacdc.org/knowledge-bank/training-materials/