Stories of Solidarity: A COVID Project at Cornell
Neema Kudva is an associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and Faculty Lead of the Nilgiris Field Learning Center, a collaborative project of Keystone Foundation, India, and Cornell University.
Alekhya Mukkavilli (M.R.P. '21) is a second-year Master's student in the Department of City and Regional Planning and is broadly interested in climate transitions and economic development.
Rewa Phansalkar (M.R.P. '21) is a second-year Master's student in the Department of City and Regional Planning and is interested in historic preservation, natural resource planning, and the impact of climate change on cultural landscapes.
Anna Shats (M.P.S. '21) is a Master's of Professional Studies student finishing up her studies in the Department of Information Science with a focus on interactive technologies and user experience.
We will present an ongoing project, Stories of Solidarity, one response, among many, to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project seeks to archive and make visible the ways in which people and communities, particularly those who live and work in spaces of marginality and exclusion, leverage existing social institutions and create new ones by tending and building practices of care, mutual aid, and solidarity. The ways in which we plan and continue to carry out the project through missteps and challenges are rooted in a larger vision of collaboration and solidarity, and core to planning practice and scholarship. The team's collective work since July 2020 will be framed through these ideas that Associate Professor Kudva has concurrently been exploring through other projects.
Stories of Solidarity is funded by an Engaged Cornell Opportunity Grant 2020-21.
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