Research Fridays: Richmond Racial Equity Essays

October 22, 2021

ebony walden and meghan gough
Ebony Walden and Meghan Gough, Ph.D.

12:00 p.m. (virtual event)



The idea for the Richmond Racial Equity Essays was inspired by and modeled after "The Just City Essays: 26 Visions of Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity," an e-book of 26 essays edited by Toni L. Griffin, Ariella Cohen and David Maddox and published in 2015 by J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City. Using the "Just City Essays" as a model, urban planner and consultant Ebony Walden has worked with Meghan Gough, Ph.D., of the VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and urban farmer and activist Duron Chavis, to create a similar collection of essays along with video interviews and a virtual discussion series focused on racial equity in Richmond, Virginia. In this talk, Walden and Gough will discuss the process of capturing voices from all walks of life and sectors in Richmond for this project, share some of the visions offered by authors for an equitable Richmond and provide, and offer ideas for how others might play a role in realizing a racially equitable Richmond.

Speaker Bios

Ebony Walden is an urban planner and consultant who leverages her experience to design and facilitate racial equity training, strategy and community engagement processes that explore race, equity and inclusion in cities. Walden is the principal consultant at Ebony Walden Consulting, an urban strategy firm based in Richmond, Virginia and an adjunct professor at the VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

Meghan Z. Gough, Ph.D., is an associate professor of urban and regional studies and planning at the VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Her work emphasizes civic capacity building and planning for more livable and equitable communities. Meghan’s contributions to research help to elevate the importance of community-based decision-making and partnerships in the development of plans and policies to support sustainable community development.