Join us and our community partners for a series of talks about building equitable cities. These talks will explore topics related to how equity, inclusion and access help us understand the establishment, growth and development of cities.

Registration is open for the first session, happening on January 31 at noon. The session will be virtual, hosted on Zoom.

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On this page:

  1. About the Speaker Series
  2. Register for a session
  3. Join the conversation

About the Speaker Series

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has amplified existing socioeconomic inequities. Nowhere has this been more clear than in our cities. Throughout 2022, we, along with our community partners, will host quarterly talks related to addressing inequities and disrupting systemic bias in the establishment and development of cities, including how we can build back differently as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This series will:

  • explore topics focused on how the use of inclusive interdisciplinary and equity best practices, and a focus on social determinants, not only highlights issues of disparity within cities, but is essential for removing barriers, increasing access and creating more equitable and sustainable spaces
  • promote the integration of equity-related considerations into research, design, policy development and the practices that influence how individuals and communities interact, impact and are impacted by city spaces
  • look at research, policy, practice and participation on, around and in city spaces through a multidisciplinary, equity, inclusion, accessibility and anti-racism/anti-oppression lens

Our goal with this series is to offer attendees the opportunity to:

  • engage with community members, advocacy groups, researchers and equity practitioners to explore and discuss equity, accessibility and sustainability related topics relevant to the planning, growth and development of city spaces
  • become better equipped to find and address issues of inequity in their areas of practice related to cities and placemaking
  • learn about research focused on access and systemic bias in cities and placemaking
  • explore frameworks to address inequities and disrupt systemic bias in the establishment and development of cities

This series is a part of our ongoing work to share diverse perspectives on issues of equity, inclusion and development. This is also an opportunity for imagining new social possibilities and new ways of thinking through the old challenges of access, sustainability and social justice.


We’re presenting the Building Equitable Cities Speaker Series in partnership with YW Kitchener-Waterloo, YWCA Cambridge and The Feminist Shift.

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Register for a session

This series will include four talks in 2022, starting with the first session on January 31: How Cities Fail Women: Towards Safety and Inclusion in a Feminist City. Registration is open now.

We will share the topics for future sessions closer to the session dates. Subscribe to this page to get an email when we add details about future sessions.

How Cities Fail Women: Towards Safety and Inclusion in a Feminist City

Date: Monday, January 31

Time: noon to 1 p.m.

Cost: free

Location: online on Zoom

In our first session, Leslie Kern, author of Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World, will examine how cities have long failed women by refusing to acknowledge gender differences in the ways people move, work, live, and play in urban environments. She contends that Women have often been excluded or sidelined in planning, policymaking, and consultation processes regarding transit, housing, jobs, and safety; and will explore best and emerging innovative practices for improving safety from gender-based violence in our cities.

Register online

If you want to send in a question before this session, please do so by January 28 on our Engage Kitchener page. Questions added to this page will be visible to the public.

Join the conversation

During each session, you will be able to ask the speaker questions using the chat in Zoom. If you have further questions or want to continue the conversation, we’ll have a discussion section available on our Engage Kitchener page. We hope to see you there!

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