Dominic T. Moulden - Senior Fellow for Community Organizing & the Democratic Economy in the African and Latinx Diaspora
Dominic T. Moulden is a longtime resource organizer at Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE DC), a collectively-led organization that builds people power and economic and racial equity in Washington, DC. He is a frequent lecturer at various universities and conferences regarding equitable revitalization, cooperative economics, affordable housing, workplace democracy, community development, and public policy. At the 2017 DC Ideas Fest Moulden co-presented about the Making the Just City project, which brings together researchers and community organizers in neighborhoods facing displacement in DC to understand and generate community-level responses to reduce health disparities. Also in 2017 Moulden participated in the Racial Equity Research Project with Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership to help illumine how nonprofits are promoting racial equity in their leadership development, staff dynamics, and civic engagement. More recently he has presented at Georgetown University Law Center; Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; and at the “Pursuing Justice in the Global City” Roundtable (and other events) at Queen Mary University of London, UK. In May he spoke at Impact Now! 2018, a conference addressing the growing wealth divide, as well as planning case-study projects at Portland State University’s Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Center for Urban Studies. His writing was featured in Shelterforce’s “What Does Community Control of Land Mean To You?” essay series in its State of Permanent Affordability issue. Inequitable development and racism are also his foci as an Interdisciplinary Research Leader Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). A frequent participant in solidarity tours to Nicaragua and Ethiopia, Moulden was tapped to join RWJF’s 2018 Global Learning Exchange to Cuba.
He taught “Housing Organizing in DC: The Right to the City” at the University of the District of Columbia. As 2018 Urbanist in Residence at the University of Orange (UofO), Moulden incorporates ONE DC’s People’s Platform in his political and popular education sessions for UofO’s “400 Years of Inequality: Observing the Anniversary of Jamestown, Disrupting the Ecology of Inequality” project. At the Maryland Institute College of Art he recently co-teaches “Making Art in Community,” which focused on art-making, critical theory, and community organizing strategies.
Moulden is also a community-accountable photographer and social justice documentarian. His work has been exhibited most recently in MICA Place’s “Portraits Of People We Love” exhibition curated by Sarah McCann. Moulden’s work is in private collections and has been exhibited in Artspace (Washington, DC) and Studio 21 Gallery (Washington, DC) as well as shortlisted for the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Interactive Exhibition Gallery. He was a collaborator in Nora Howell’s and Holly Bass’ Spotless, an exhibition on whitewashing and gentrification in the nation’s capital (Hamiltonian Gallery). A native of east Baltimore, his images celebrate Black love and resilience while providing uncompromising witness to the ongoing displacement of Afrodiasporic people in Baltimore and elsewhere in the Americas. His creative practice and organizing work are both dedicated to fostering a culture of health that includes art, joy, and radical resource redistribution.