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On My Conference Presentation:
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“….There is plenty of anecdotal information that suggests there has been progress in building a more diverse and inclusive profession. Yet, the information is just that- anecdotal…..We need data not anecdote. We need reliable, quantifiable, and verifiable data…" (1)
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Elizabeth Chu Richter, 2016
AIA President, 2015
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As one of "the WikiConference North America 2019" conference speakers, I talked and discussed the importance of (reliable) data on underrepresented communities, migrants and foreign-born architects in multicultural US architecture, in particular in T rump’s America, within my presentation time limit at “the WikiConference North America 2019” held at MIT on 11/9. (*) The conference main theme was “reliability/credibility” of information/knowledge and it brought together speakers/experts from various disciplines to examine this main theme. My essential reference for my conference presentation/arguments was the following statement by Elizabeth Chu Richter, AIA President (2015):

“….There is plenty of anecdotal information that suggests there has been progress in building a more diverse and inclusive profession. Yet, the information is just that- anecdotal…..We need data not anecdote. We need reliable, quantifiable, and verifiable data… (1)

In my conference presentation, I defined “reliability” as accurate (conveying the true situation), complete (providing all necessary data), precise (having the required level of detail), timely (being avaliable in time to make decisions), and indicated my scholarly concern on “the lack of data” on historical documentation on “diverse” profiles of architects and architecture students (in practice, academia and education) based on my current research project on architectural archives in the US.

In architecture through my expertise field, I will also bring into focus and discuss my findings on “diversity in archives at some pioneering schools of architecture in the US” in a detailed way. (as "the first" curator/researcher of “a collection on women architects” for MIT-Archnet. in 2014-2016.).
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(1) Please see for its reference, Equity, Diversity, And Inclusion Commission Executive Summary January 25, 2017,http://content.aia.org/sites/default/files/2017-01/Diversity-EquityDiversityInclusionCommission-FINAL.pdf, accessed on October 15th, 2019. 
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My conference presentation at WikiConference North America 2019, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, November 9. (Joint conference presentation with Dr. Rapti and Dr. Ramirez-Jasso).
With Dr. Rapti and Dr. Jamirez-Rasso, WikiConference North America 2019, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, November 9.
Our Joint Conference Abstract:
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Citizen TALES* Commons: A Collaborative Multi-Disciplinary Model of Ethical, Reliable and Inclusive Production and Dissemination of Knowledge around Issues of Citizenship Today
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Dr. Vassiliki Rapti, Dr. Meral Ekincioglu and Dr. Diana Ramirez-Jasso
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WikiConference North America,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, November 8-11, 2019.
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Abstract:
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Amidst the rising tension of exclusion, discrimination, harassment, and borders of all kinds by gendered political arguments and their strong influences on today’s society and academia, especially in the United States, there is an urgency for reliable data and accurate information sources on multicultural characteristics of the concept of citizenship, to support and promote inclusive and diverse understanding in (higher) education, academia and everyday life. Objective, verifiable, accurate, complete, precise and timely data and information on migrant and foreign-born citizens have a very significant potential to analyze, criticize and re-conceptualize inclusive citizenship. Yet these types of data lag behind in today’s education, academia and society. In order to be able to reverse this problematic and traumatic landscape, collaborative and multi-disciplinary approaches and models, based on human-centered design and open communication platform and supported through partnership with relevant research and cultural institutions can provide us a fertile ground to critically examine existing information sources on citizenship issues from various perspectives and to produce new solutions to their new, reliable versions for our collective future. Citizen TALES Commons provides such a paradigm. This presentation will elaborate a collaborative and multi-disciplinary model by Citizen TALES Commons revolving around issues of citizenship in the service of the public good, then, it will discuss current problems in Citizen TALES Commons' respective field(s) by means of reliable information on an inclusive and multicultural concept of citizenship, and finally, it will offer some solutions through Citizen TALES Commons members' research findings, case studies, recent theses and collaboration. 

* TALES: Translators/Artists/Ludics Learners/Explorers/Storytellers https://citizentales.squarespace.com
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For the conference official link:
https://wikiconference.org/wiki/2019/Main_Page,accessed on 10.11.2019.

 

 
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WikiConference North America 2019, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 8-11 November.