End of Year Fellowship Panel
End of Year Fellowship Panel
Wednesday, December 6th at 9am ET on zoom
You’re invited to join the 2023 Maintainers Movement Fellows for a presentation and panel discussion as we celebrate the culmination of their Fellowship. This event brings together our esteemed fellows who have dedicated a large portion of the last year to advance the maintenance movement for thinking and action.
The Maintainers Movement Fellowship advances the movement for maintenance thinking and action by bringing together individuals who are interested in identifying where this work is already happening. This year, the fellows partnered with The Maintainers to advance our vision for a more caring and well-maintained world by participation in four distinct pathways: Maintaining Localities, Maintaining Public Health, Maintenance Cultures, and Maintainers in the Workforce.
You’ll hear from each fellow, learn about the research they’ve done in their fellowship tracks! Join us in celebrating the impact of this interdisciplinary fellowship, what it’s meant to the 2023 fellows. The panel will delve into the challenges faced, the lessons learned, and the potential impact of their work at The Maintainers and beyond.
This is an excellent opportunity to engage with the fellows, ask questions, and gain insights and inspiration. We are inviting people to submit questions for the fellows by using this form. Whether you’ve been a part of the Maintainers Network, or simply curious about the work happening in this space, join us for an inspiring and informative event!
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR 2023 MAINTAINERS MOVEMENT FELLOWS:
Jennah Jones – “Maintaining Localities”
Jennah Jones (she/her) is a New York-based designer pursuing a Masters in Architecture at Columbia GSAPP (‘24). Her approach to architecture is deeply informed by her background in product design, where her curriculum stressed human-centered design and community partnerships rooted in reciprocity. In her academic and professional work, Jennah investigates how we can change our relationship with waste and waste management through prioritizing environmental justice and the circular economy. She currently works as a waste consultant at the Center for Zero Waste Design. Previously, she has held design research positions at Julia Watson LLC, the Natural Materials Lab at Columbia GSAPP, BlocPower, and Tesla.
Jennah hosted the event Dreaming of Circular Futures
Himani Kulkarni – “Maintaining Public Health”
Himani Kulkarni (she/her) is a Delhi-based mental health professional with experience in training, content creation, and psychotherapy. Her areas of interest are gender and sexuality, emotional regulation, self-care, and body image concerns. She holds an MA in Applied Psychology and is trained in community mental health, trauma-focused therapy, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Himani recognizes the importance of repair and maintenance in public mental health, more so since the global crisis posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. She understands that mental health is not only about individual well-being but also about the collective health of communities. Himani believes in a bio-psycho-social understanding of mental health and is dedicated to promoting a rights-based perspective of mental health and well-being.
Himani hosted the event Sustaining Mental Health Repair
Mathew Lubari – “Maintenance Cultures”
Mathew Lubari (he/him) is a Co-Founder & Executive Director of Community Creativity for Development(CC4D), He is a South Sudanese, self-driven and thought repairer and activist, maker, mentor and advocate for Open-Technology. At the age of 12, he watched his Dad (Alison) repair his radios and wristwatch and got inspired and pursued a career in ICT to help teach people how to repair, care and maintain their electronic items .
In 2016, Mathew fled his country with a zip lock of repair tools(screwdriver, cutter and a toothbrush) and co-founded CC4D in 2019, providing repair services to the Refugees in Rhino Camp, Uganda but never knew repair protects the planet from global warming until 2021 when he joined the Restarters, #ASKnet and the Global Innovation Gathering(GIG).
Mathew hosted the event The Essence of Repair Culture
Terra Graziani – “Maintainers in the Workforce”
Terra Graziani (she/they) is a researcher, educator, and tenant organizer. For the past ten years, Terra has worked in the tenant movement in California in various roles, building tenant power through public education, community-based research, and organizing. She helps run The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP), a digital storytelling documenting dispossession and resistance in gentrifying landscapes, and she founded the Los Angeles chapter. Terra is now a PhD student in Geography at the CUNY Graduate Center and a researcher at UCLA’s Institute on Inequality and Democracy (IID). She for the past three years has been part of the team that built The Tenant Power Toolkit, a collaboration between The Debt Collective, The Los Angeles Tenants Union, AEMP, and IID that helps tenants fight for their homes. Terra’s work for the Maintainers Fellowship will look at how rental debt affects tenants’ ability to maintain their lives and communities.
Terra is a Fellowship in the pathway that highlights our collaboration with ALICE.