Beyond CRP: Careers that Impact Diverse Communities

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Panelist Lena P. Afridi (M.R.P. '12), third from left, speaking during the Beyond CRP: Careers that Impact Diverse Communities panel, in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP
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Ulysses J. Smith (B.A./B.S. URS '14), responds to audience questions during the Careers that Impact Diverse Communities panel. William Staffeld / AAP
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Alia Fierro (M.R.P. '16), right, presenting during the panel in the Abby and Howard Mistein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP
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Panelist Antoine Bryant (B.S. URS '95), second from left, leads the discussion during the reception in B1 Sibley Hall. William Staffeld / AAP

This panel discussion will feature URS and M.R.P. graduates at various career stages working to create more inclusive and equitable communities.


Lena AfridiLena P. Afridi (M.R.P. '12) is the policy coordinator for equitable economic development at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD) in New York City. ANHD is a coalition of 100 community groups across the city that is working for affordable housing and vibrant, just communities. Afridi holds a B.A. in politics from Mount Holyoke College and an M.R.P. from Cornell University.


Antoine BryantAntoine Bryant (B.S. URS '95), NOMA, associate AIA, APA, is a thought leader and community engagement expert with 20 years of experience in the design, development, engagement, and empowerment of underserved communities across the U.S. He is the principal of The Bryant Design Group based in Houston, Texas and a member of Houston's Planning Commission. Bryant earned a B.S. in urban and regional studies from Cornell, with architectural training at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture.


Alia FierroAlia Fierro (M.R.P. '16) earned a B.A. in Latin-American studies with a minor in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and an M.R.P. from Cornell. After graduating from CRP, Fierro worked with the Department of Housing and Urban Development as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 2016-17 Housing Policy Graduate Fellow. In January 2017, she began working on the housing policy portfolio with the U.S. House Financial Services Committee.


Ulysses Smith Ulysses J. Smith (B.A./B.S. URS '14) is the lead diversity and inclusion strategist and Title IX coordinator for Analytics and Reporting at Cornell University. He is responsible for overseeing the university's diversity and inclusion strategy, including the university's Toward New Destinations initiative; leading the bias reporting system; and determining and implementing other programs in support of creating a more diverse and inclusive campus. Smith holds a B.S. in urban and regional studies and a B.A. in government, with minors in education, and law and society.

Cosponsored by AAP Connect and The Graduate School.