Tools for Diversity in the Charlotte Community:
UrbanPlan – UrbanPlan is an academically challenging classroom-based curriculum that gives high school and university students an opportunity to discover how market and non-market forces in their community affect what can be approved, financed, built and tenanted. Students learn the essence of development: how the forces of our market economy clash and collaborate with the non-market forces of our representative democracy to create the built environment – providing the foundation required for any informed land use discussion.
Hip Hop Architecture Camp – Targeting middle and high school students, the camp is designed to introduce underrepresented youth to architecture, urban planning, creative place making and economic development through the lens of hip-hop culture. During the camp, the students create unique visions for their communities which include the creation of physical models, digital models and the creation of a Hip-Hop Architecture track and music video summarizing their designs.
Project Destined – Project Destined is a paid Virtual Internship Program in Real Estate for diverse, high school and undergraduate students. The 8-week program will explore real estate, the importance of ownership and the power of technology to tell authentic, compelling stories about communities. The 2021 spring internship includes students from Johnson C. Smith University, Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte.
Diversity and Equity Workshops – With ULI Atlanta, ULI Charlotte launched a set of three workshops on Equity at the end of 2020 where more than 200 attendees have built the tools and participated in conversation about creating more equity to in our community.