Environmental, racial justice advocate to kick off Hyde Lecture series

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Environmental, racial justice advocate to kick off Hyde Lecture series

Tamika L. Butler
Tamika L. Butler

Renowned equity, environmental and racial justice advocate Tamika L. Butler will deliver first Hyde Lecture of the season via Zoom at 4 p.m. Oct. 2.

Butler, who is founder and principal of Tamika L. Butler Consulting, will discuss “What Now? Transportation and What it Means Today.” The talk will explore how the transportation industry has contributed to systemic oppression, using personal stories and recent data to highlight related fears in the Black community. She will provide concrete tips on taking action towards being anti-racist and call for change at the personal and institutional level.

Butler is a national expert and speaker on issues related to the built environment, equity, anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, organizational behavior and change management. Most recently, she was the California planning director and director of equity and inclusion at Toole Design. Previously, Butler served as the executive director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a non-profit organization that addresses social and racial equity and wellness issues by building parks and gardens in park-poor communities across greater Los Angeles. Butler has a diverse background in law, community organizing and nonprofit leadership.

Butler received a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School and received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Bachelor of Science in sociology from Creighton University.

This presentation is part of the College of Architecture’s 2020-2021 Hyde Lecture Series featuring speakers from across disciplines that are united under the common theme of “Building Justice- Design and Planning for a Just Society.”

The Hyde Lecture Series is a long-standing, endowed, public program. Each year the college hosts compelling speakers in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning that enrich the ongoing dialog around agendas which are paramount to the design disciplines and our graduates.

For questions, email Kerry McCullough-Vondrak at kerry.vondrak@unl.edu.

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