Carly Wais '16

Carly grew up in Baltimore and is passionate about this city. They majored in Earth Systems (an interdisciplinary environmental studies program) at Stanford University, eventually focusing on the concept of sustainability as one that must include social equity. TA-ing an urban sustainability course connected them with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AMP), a San Francisco based mapping/data visualization and storytelling collective. After graduating, Carly interned with AMP and spent the summer of 2014 protesting no-fault evictions, interviewing folks who faced evictions and helping curate a zine of people's stories, writings and art. Carly learned from the mapping project's tireless resistance building against the rampant displacement taking place in the Bay Area and they continue to organize for housing justice since moving back to Baltimore. Carly wants to continue using art and design to raise critical consciousness and bring people together to combat the many systems of oppression that limit us, including exploring how design can be part of giving communities a platform or resources to make decisions and demands.

Thesis: How might we support Baltimore's returning citizens in their transition home?