In April of 2022, the Democratizing Northern Virginia (DNOVA) Summit was held at George Mason University. The event was this year’s culmination of the community-engaged research project of DNOVA, organized by the Center for Social Science Research and Next System Studies at George Mason University. The summit aimed to bring together community members and academics to discuss the challenges and opportunities for a more equitable and inclusive Northern Virginia region, and to discuss some of the findings of the DNOVA researchers.
The event started with a keynote address from Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard on the importance of African American Cooperatives as a form of resistance and a necessary means of building prosperity for marginalized peoples. This was followed by presenting student research, as well as a series of panel discussions featuring experts from the fields of local government, education, business, and social justice. Participants had the opportunity to delve into the issues that are affecting the region and brainstorm ways to create a more equitable and inclusive future.
The event also included a “Democratizing Northern Virginia” summit workshop, which allowed participants to get hands-on experience with research methods and tools to better understand the region’s current state of affairs. Attendees were able to take part in interactive activities, such as mapping exercises and data visualization, and gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing their community.
Throughout the day, attendees were encouraged to share their experiences and perspectives with one another, and to learn from each other’s insights. At the end of the day, the participants came together to discuss the next steps for the project and the potential for further research.
The Democratizing Northern Virginia Summit was a great opportunity for community members, academics, and other stakeholders to come together and discuss the issues facing the region. The event provided a platform for people to learn about the challenges and opportunities for a more equitable and inclusive Northern Virginia, and to develop strategies for creating a better future for the region. It is hoped that the Summit will lead to further research and dialogue that will help shape the future of Northern Virginia.
You can watch the highlight video here:
December 02, 2022