New Webinar: Walkability for All- Putting Equity into Practice (February 12, 2020)


Webinar Title: Walkability for All- Putting Equity into Practice

Webinar Date/Time: February 12, 2020 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific



About the Webinar

How do we move beyond talking about equity to building equitable communities? Join us for this month’s webinar where we’ll explore ways individuals and organizations are taking action to create walkable and movable communities for all people. This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Learn about strategies, resources, and data to help implement equity into your own work
  • Hear from those working to develop and implement strategies to improve engagement and participation
  • Explore how we take equity from a buzzword to an action item
About the Panel

As a senior planner at ChangeLab Solutions, Erik Calloway focuses on the links between the built environment and health. He conducts research, prepares strategies, and develops tools to help transform communities to support healthy living, equity, and sustainability.

He has over 17 years of experience in the field. He has lead a wide range of neighborhood and city-wide planning processes as part of streetscape and public space design, district and corridor restructuring, city planning, neighborhood development, and downtown revitalization projects. Recently, Erik has led ChangeLab Solutions’ work developing frameworks and resources to help local government plan for health and equity in their communities and he has used this thinking to lead trainings and provide technical assistance about planning for health and equity to communities across the country.

Erik received a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Yale University, with a focus on urban design and sustainability.

Jenna Gaarde, MPH, Program Director, the Praxis Project: Jenna is from the Central Valley of California, and has spent most of her adult life in the Bay Area. Prior to joining Praxis, she was the Senior Planner for Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health at San Francisco Department of Public Health. Jenna has a strong foundation in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities that address the social determinants of health. She strives to integrate a social justice lens throughout her professional and personal life, and is on a personal journey to recognize and positively leverage her own racial privilege. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley. In her free time, she loves to run, bike, craft, and advocate for reproductive, racial and social justice.

Xavier Morales, Ph.D., MRP, Executive Director, the Praxis Project: Xavier is a longtime advocate for community-driven initiatives to achieve health equity and environmental justice. Taking an expansive view of what constitutes good health and community wellness, he works in partnership to enable opportunities across the social determinants of health.

Xavier currently serves on the board of the Urban Peace Initiative, and was until recently, the Chair of City of Berkeley sugar sweetened beverage tax expert panel. Xavier often provides testimony in legislative arenas and is a frequent speaker at health conferences and health justice gatherings. Xavier, a former Peace Corps volunteer (Hungary), is originally from Sanger, California and studied environmental sciences at the University of California, Berkeley and city and regional planning at Cornell University.

James Rojas is an urban planner, and artist. He is one of the few nationally recognized urban planners to examine U.S. Latino cultural influences on urban design.  He holds a Master of City Planning and a Master of Science of Architecture Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  His influential thesis on the Latino built environment has been widely cited.

Mr. Rojas founded the Latino Urban Forum (LUF), a volunteer advocacy group, dedicated to understanding and improving the built environment of Los Angeles’ Latino communities through walking.

Mr. Rojas developed a new method of community engagement that uses sensory props as way to facilitate urban planning meetings that targets youth, immigrants, and women. It has been highly successful and replicated.  He has facilitate over 1000 interactive workshops and created over 150 interactive urban diorama across the country.  He has collaborated with municipalities, non-profits, heath and educational institutions, museums and galleries to educate the public on urban planning.