Student Organization Lecture Presented by Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali and Bryan C. Lee, Jr.
The Georgia Tech chapters of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMAS), American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Equity in Architecture (EQiA), and ECO have come together to bring Mustafa Santiago Ali and Bryan Lee, Jr. to lead "A Conversation on Justice within Design and the Environment."
This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to attend.
About Mustafa Santiago Ali
A renowned thought leader, international speaker, policymaker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator, Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali wears many hats, he is the Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate & Community Revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and also the Founder & CEO of Revitalization Strategies. Before joining the NWF Mustafa was the Senior Vice President for the Hip Hop Caucus, a national, non-profit, and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change. As HHC Senior Vice President, he led the strategic direction, expansion, and operation of the Hip Hop Caucus’ portfolio on Climate, Environmental Justice, and Community Revitalization.
Prior to joining the Hip Hop Caucus, Mustafa worked 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He began working on Social Justice issues at the age of 16 and joined the EPA as a student, becoming a founding member of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ). He most recently served as Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator working to elevate environmental justice issues and strengthening environmental justice policies, programs, and initiatives. Mustafa worked for EPA Administrators beginning with William Riley and ending with Scott Pruitt.
Throughout his career, Mustafa has conducted more than 1,000 presentations across the country, including speeches, guest lectures, and training. He has also worked with more than 500 domestic and international communities to secure environmental, health, and economic justice. Mustafa uses a holistic approach to revitalizing vulnerable communities helping them to move from Surviving to Thriving.
About Bryan Lee, Jr.
Bryan C. Lee Jr. is the founder and director of Colloqate Design, a nonprofit collective based in New Orleans that tackles social justice projects through a community lens. Lee got his start in architecture at the New Orleans firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and worked as the Place+Civic design director for the Arts Council of New Orleans before starting Colloqate in 2017.
In 2015, Lee created Design As Protest, an educational program that uses the design process to think about problems like racism, immigration, and food justice. After the 2016 election, Lee took the program nationally and has hosted 32 workshops around the country that empower groups of designers, advocates, and community members to take an active role in building a better, fairer society.
In September 2018, Lee is partnering with the American Institute of Architects to hold the first Design Justice Summit, which will educate 24 young people with design tactics they can use to improve their communities. Lee is also partnering with the city of New Orleans to figure out what should replace the city’s Confederate monuments as they’re removed. So far, he’s worked with dozens of artists to create posters that express the identity and history of New Orleans for the project Paper Monuments and will work with the city's citizens to determine who should represent them in bronze in the future.