The MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship is a program of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design in partnership with the Just City Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. This unique and highly interactive program brings together a small group of mayors and their staff to directly tackle injustices in each of their cities through planning and design interventions.
The 2024 Fellowship will introduce mayors and their staff to the concepts of social impact and justice-centered design, equity framework measurement tools, and innovative design practices that increase just and equitable outcomes. Each mayor will also explore conditions of injustice in their own community, culminating in a manifesto of action.
The Fellowship begins with an opening workshop for mayors that lays a strong foundation for defining urban justice and injustice through design and public policy (in-person at the Harvard GSD). Over a series of biweekly virtual classes, mayors and their staff will hear from experts in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, art activism, housing, and public policy as each team builds their manifesto. The Fellowship concludes with a closing workshop in the format of MICD Institute Sessions, with mayors receiving feedback and guidance from design experts in the field.
The program will follow a hybrid in-person and virtual format between February and April of 2024. Interested mayors may submit an expression of interest form through Wednesday, November 15, 2023 to be considered for this program.
The expression of interest form is designed to be an easy lift for mayors: simply fill out your contact info and answer two open-ended questions about your administration’s values, goals, and relevant ongoing projects. More guidelines and details can be found at micd.org/jcmf.