Implementing Reparations in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville passed its historic reparation resolution in July 2020, but there has been a lack of progress and consensus in designing and implementing the reparation initiatives. As part of the PDIA in Action course, students at HKS and HGSE - Bethany Dill, Isabel Mejia Fontanot, Kent Shi, and Kerianne DiBattista worked with William Keith Young, former Asheville City Councilor to better understand this problem and to help identify ideas and entry points. Students learned the importance of building capacity before scaling, the power of iteration in tackling complex problems, and the value of taking small, incremental steps forward.

Watch the video and view the slides of the PDIA in Action event. Read the learning journey blog written by the student team.