What Once Was at SXSW 2023

March 12th, 12 – 3 p.m. at the Carver Museum

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We are thrilled to be back at SXSW in 2023 with another free What Once Was community event that includes a mixed reality (augmented and virtual reality) scavenger hunt, local vendors, and a panel discussion on Fostering Equity In Gentrified Communities featuring Dr. Peniel Joseph – Founding Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and others.


12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Event Begins: Doors open, light refreshments, vendors, XR demos, and more!


1:00 PM
Acknowledgment of Sponsors & Introductions


1:15 PM
Auditorium opens for panel session


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Panel Discussion:

Fostering Equity In Gentrified Communities

Description: Gentrification is pushing People of Color out of the core of many major cities and their youth further away from culturally competent educational resources. Large tech employers are often able to afford and recruit diverse talent but have a much tougher time retaining them. When surveyed on why they leave, many cite a lacking sense of authentic community connections. We’ll explore these challenges and how organizations are addressing them via education and workforce development programs.


2:30 PM


2:45 PM
Closing remarks

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