Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture

On Sunday, 26 January 2013 Chancellor Debra Friedman succumbed to a battle with lung cancer.  Debra Friedman was not only our chancellor, but she also was a valued member of the Urban Studies faculty.  She taught regularly in the program and mentored many of our students in classes and office hours.  She did this in addition to transforming our campus from a place that was in the city to a campus that understood itself more clearly as an urban-serving university.  As our leader she inspired us to strive for excellence in everything from daily student success to community engaged research; and as a colleague she modeled commitment to the transformative nature of higher education.  We will miss her in many ways and will honor her memory with an annual lecture, focused on community engagement and the role of urban serving universities.


2018 Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Featuring: Carl C. Anthony Co-Founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project, and Visiting Professor at The Center for Regional Change, UC Davis
University of Washington Tacoma, William Philip Hall 1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma

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2017 Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Judith Bell, Vice President of Programs, The San Francisco Foundation
6:00pm - 7:30pm
University of Washington Tacoma, William Philip Hall 1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
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As communities face economic and demographic changes - and new forms of work and education, and policies that don't always consider all of us - they seek positive reforms and to understand the impact of advancing equity and greater inclusion.  What successes and struggles can we learn from? How are communities addressing new levels of prosperity that are widening inequality and impeding upward mobility?  The San Francsico Foundation, under Bell's leadership, sees equity as both a "moral imperactive, and an economic necessity."

JUDITH BELL is the Vice President of Programs at the San Francisco Foundation. Judith brings extensive experience in strategic planning and policy development, with a focus on economic and social equity to the Foundation.  Previous to joining the Foundation, Judith was the President of PolicyLink where she had been since its inception, becoming President in 2004. As President, Judith worked to develop the organization into a national leader on a range of equity issues, with her particular focus being policy development and campaign strategy at the local, state, and national levels. Her leadership helped ignite a new national narrative around access and opportunity for all people with a focus on improving health and infrastructure, including increasing access to healthy foods.

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"Co-Producing the City: UW Tacoma as an Anchor Institution"
Presented by Dr. Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University

Thursday, January 15, 2015
William W. Philip Hall, UW Tacoma

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"The University and the City: Place-Based Anchor Institutions and Community Development"
Presentation by Dr. David Perry, University of Chicago at Illinios (UIC)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
6:00-7:30 PM
William W. Philip Hall, UW Tacoma

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About the Presentation

Place based institutions in general, and universities in particular, are not going anywhere. The question is whether these institutions will simply be mired in their urban context or be foundational and instrumental to urban change—transforming and/or stimulating new rounds of urban development? For universities, it is not if they will be anchor institutions for urban change, but how they will do this and in what ways will the state and the region act to help them be foundational developmental institutions.

David Perry will address this question and report on the movement of the university from its pastoral roots as a ‘contemplative site of knowledge creation’ to a new role of ‘fully-vested urban institution.’ In such a role, the modern urban university may not be the “engine” of urban and global development (as some would rhetorically claim) but it certainly has acceded to a position of a key place-based institution in the urban and global economy.

About David Perry

DAVID PERRY is Senior Fellow of the Great Cities Institute and Professor of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the UIC.  He served for almost 12 years as Director of the Great Cities Institute and as the Associate Chancellor for the UIC's Great Cities Commitment.  Perry is the author/editor of 12 books, including Here for Good: Community Foundations as the Challenges of the 21st Centrury and University Developers: Case Studies and Analysis

Perry has worked with numerous international, national and local public boards and commissions, including Chicago's Zoning Reform Commission and the Urban Land Institute's national Public Infrastructure Committee.