What can we learn from the evolution of historically women’s colleges to inform the design and planning of inclusive spaces? How can these spaces support the advancement of underrepresented communities? This workshop will share lessons learned from recent planning projects at US-based women’s colleges to facilitate a discussion around how spaces for higher education can impact women’s learning and eventual advancement in fields of their choice. The workshop encourages participants to share their educational experiences and reflect upon how different pedagogies, spaces, and systems have impacted their current roles.
Describe the evolution of higher education for women in the United States, from the origins of historically-women’s colleges.
Identify physical spaces and/or characteristics that create inclusive environments in educational contexts.
Identify policies that create inclusive environments in educational contexts.
Describe key challenges and opportunities for tackling intersectional issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and class in educational contexts.