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VIRTUAL: The City Panel—Mental Health and the Right to the City

The spatial inequities embedded within cities have cascading effects on an individual’s access to mental health care. Racist urban malpractices such as redlining and housing discrimination are examples of generational exclusion and denial of opportunity to individuals based on race. These practices have lasting effects on the economic, social, and health disparities across discriminated communities.

VIRTUAL: Architectures of Mental Health

For centuries, state mental hospitals were designed to control patients stigmatized as outcasts and signal government power over populations labeled unwell. The architecture of these buildings occupies a position of great importance in the history of mental health care. The transition, more recently, towards community-based mental health care requires a deep understanding of the spatial configurations of state psychiatric institutions and the relationships they conjured. Architects, designers and mental-health practitioners must learn from the past to avoid historical mistakes.

VIRTUAL: The Home Panel—After the Asylum: Housing & Mental Health

The home is an important place in which to address mental health. The decline of both institutional asylums and in-patient mental health care has given way to a transition towards community-based home care. As underserved populations with mental illness continue to face barriers to good, affordable, or sheltered housing, designers and design professionals must consider how to make good housing accessible. In recent months, the home has become the frontline defense against the coronavirus, amplifying the need to ensure equitable access to safe, affordable housing.

VIRTUAL: The Hospital Panel—Deconstructing ‘Otherness'

The built form of the psychiatric hospital signals how society responds to mental health. These buildings have the ability to create positive reflections or conjure images of the mental health institution as a figure of ‘Otherness.‘ Among BIPOC communities, mental health care is frequently limited and commonly linked to detention orders requiring hospital stays. The Hospital Panel will imagine progressive models that dismantle prevalent perceptions of mental health and improve equitable access and experiences of clients inhabiting these architectures.


This fall, the M.E.D. Working Group for Anti-Racism is organizing a series of roundtable conversations with spatial practitioners, activists, and scholars whose work contends with the complex relationship between race, space, and social justice.

2020 Making Strides of Greater New Haven

This years drive thru event begins at at Lighthouse Point Park at 10:30 a.m. on October 18th, and will end at 11:30 a.m. We encourage all teams, participants, and survivors attending to decorate their car on October 18th and drive a symbolic pre-determined lap throughout the park. Pictures next to the start and finish line will be taken via event staff and posted to the events Facebook page. Exiting the vehicles will be prohibited.

2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The world may look a little different right now, but one thing hasn’t changed: the commitment to ending Alzheimer’s. This year, Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is everywhere — on every sidewalk, track, and trail. Support the Yale Affinity Group team for the 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. This year’s event won’t be a large in-person gathering — instead, we invite you to walk in small teams of friends and family while others in your community do the same.

Family Background, Appointment and Promotion in the Qing (1644-1911) Civil Service: New Perspectives from Historical Big Data

We examine the influence of family background on appointment, promotion, and career length in the Qing civil service for officials who held provincial juren and national jinshi examination degrees and served between 1830 and 1912. For the analysis, we link three generations of family background information on exam degree holders to detailed and complete data on the appointment and career trajectories of officeholders in the China Government Employee Database-Qing (CGED-Q), which currently contains 4.1 million records of 345,071 officials.

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