Scott  Valentine, MDes 2016 (Art, Design and the Public Domain)
Summer 2015
Organization: LGBT Aging Project, Boston, MA, USA
Sponsor: Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellowship

ring of resilience

“As the summer is quickly coming to a close, I have been very fortunate to work closely with several Boston community based organizations.  One in particular has been the LGBT Elders of Color.  This group has been blazing their own path and becoming very vocal about how they A) hope to age and B) express concerns about the inherent patterns of discrimination in the system they have been exposed to as LGBT citizens as well as citizens of Color in America.

While I continue to research and reflect on housing issues, it has been through the experiences at Fenway that my understanding of housing has broadened in needing to understand how interwoven social health determinate of our aging populations are in America.  I’ve begun working on a diagram (here very rudimentary) that visualizes and address the patterns, connections and areas which work in concert to support a community.  They are very much works in progress, but for me and the team I have been working with are our starting point.”