A Voice at the Table


Affirmative Spaces in Roxbury Collage

A Voice at the Table is a research initiative that explores the role that affirmative spaces play in promoting community building, empowerment, and resilience for Black womxn in Roxbury, MA.

Recognizing the intersectional framework that Black womxn hold in our current society, this research seeks to empower the Black womxn’s narrative in the realm of urban planning and design both in Roxbury and the design practice at large. The intentions of this exploration aim to unpack how planning and design for communities on the margins of society helps us better tackle the deep-seated challenges we must address to create more inclusive design outcomes.

The research is built on collecting personal narratives through surveying, personal interviews, and group discussion. Research outputs leverage photography, collage, illustration, mapping, and writing to produce a graphic booklet and interactive website.

This research and report were sponsored by Sasaki through an internal research grant program. This development of the website was funded through support from the MIT Office of Minority Education and PKG Center.


Completed 2020
Roxbury; Boston, MA
Research, Urban Planning/Design, Photo Collage, Graphic Design, Web Design
Full project leadership and coordination from conceptualization through final deliverables; including research, data collecting, interviewing, workshop facilitation, mapping, photo collage, graphic design, report development, and website development
Core Team: Mel Isidor, Elaine Limmer, Nayeli Rodriguez, Breeze Outlaw
Advisors: Mary Anne Ocampo, Kai Grant, Courtney Sharpe, Sabrina Dorsainvil, Brandi Blessett
Illustrations: Zulay Holland
*Work completed while at Sasaki.

Interactive Website

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Graphic Report

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