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Nerd Night: Community-based Urban Planning

Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 6:00pm

Community Engagement  |  Cultural & Historical Preservation  |  Capacity Building    

As the city of El Paso grows,  urban planners have aimed to revitalize the city in ways that appeal to all of its citizens. However, in recent years it has become apparent that community-based planning is essential to the city’s vitality. People who are close to neighborhood issues can clearly identify community needs and advocate passionately for local concerns. This Nerd Night will explore ways in which planners can implement meaningful community engagement in the planning process and develop resilient communities through a bottom-up approach to urban planning.

**Purchased tickets come with a meal and drink provided by One Grub Community.


  • Fred Lopez (FAICP CTP, CNU-A), Vice President of Quantum Consultants
  • Miguel Juarez (PhD), lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Texas at El Paso
  • Adriana and Roman Wilcox, co-owners One Grub Community
  • Veronica Carbajal, fronteriza, community lawyer, and environmentalist


May 26, 2022
Dinner service begins at 5:30pm
Presentations begin at 6:00pm


One Grub Community
901 Arizona Ave
El Paso, TX 79902

Ticket Details:

Nerd Night ticket purchase includes one meal of choice from One Grub Community’s menu (totaling $13 or less), house drink and presentations. One Grub Community’s menu can be found here.

**All Nerd Night events follow current CDC guidelines.  We encourage our Nerd Night guests to keep their distant from others that are not of your party. We appreciate your help in keeping our community safe and healthy. 

How to RSVP:

FREE Tickets to Nerd Night: Community-based Urban Planning

Your ticket purchase allows us at Insights to continue to provide STEAM education programs to our El Paso Community. As a not-for-profit organization, our efforts are made possible by the generous support of people like you. We sincerely appreciate your contribution!

Nerd Nights unites our community with a celebration of Science & Humanities.

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Nerd Night: TBA


As a part of our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education mission, we have teamed up with UTEP’s Centennial Museum to bring a new event to the Border Region – Nerd Nights.  Nerd Nights is a series of informative evening events designed to bring fun scientific/humanities talks and activities to your favorite local brewery, restaurant, coffee shop, or any other community hub.  We will host a different Nerd Night at a different local establishment on a monthly basis.

Why Nerd Nights?  We launched Nerd Nights because we wanted to find an entertaining way to learn something new while sharing good food and drink with new friends.

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Night Sponsor Hall of Fame

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Nerd Night #24 sponsored by:

Wine Attitude is not your usual bar.  They feature great conversation, happy hour, live music, and select only the finest wines from around the world and bring them here for your enjoyment.   Be sure to check out Wine Attitude’s new location on Mesa.

Nerd Night #20 sponsored by:

Nerd Night #18 sponsored by:

Virgin Galactic is a spaceflight company within the Virgin Group at the vanguard of a new industry, pioneering the next generation of reusable space vehicles. Virgin aims to transform the current cost, safety and environmental impact of space-launch.  In doing so they are helping to create a basic space access infrastructure that will act as an enabler for scientists and entrepreneurs.  It will also provide the catalyst for a new age of space exploration which promises enormous positive potential for life on Earth.

Nerd Night # 16 Sponsored by

Thwaites Interdisciplinary Margin Evolution – The TIME group studies the role of shear margin dynamics in the future evolution of Thwaites Drainage Basin.  TIME is an ice-based project using state-of-the-art geophysical techniques to observe rapidly deforming parts of Thwaites Glacier (shear margins) which may have significant control over future stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). The TIME project will observe rapidly deforming parts of Thwaites Glacier which may have significant control over the future evolution of WAIS, and use these new observations to improve ice sheet models used to predict future sea level rise.

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