Thursday, February 21, 2019
8:45 AM - 2:30 PM
UW Tacoma, William W. Philip Hall
“Learning From Other Cities,” the theme for the 2019 Urban Studies Forum, is a chance to take best practice used elsewhere and create our own local adaptations.
This year's Forum includes leadership, planners and researchers from four cities:
- Bristol, U.K. (inclusive governance)
- Leeds, U.K. (child-centered city)
- New York, NY (coalition building and community development)
All presentations will focus on the role of inclusivity and coalition building in shaping policy, planning, and governance environments that advance urban conditions and create a more participatory decision-making process.
Keynote speaker Dr. Michael J. Rich will present "Collaborative Governance and Urban Revitalization: City Strategies for Reducing Poverty and Inequality."
Livestream from the event
Registration 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast Available
Welcome 8:45 - 9 a.m.
Session 1: Bristol’s One City Approach: of the city, by the city, for the city 9 - 9:40 a.m.
Councilor Asher Craig (Bristol, UK)
Many forces are shaping Bristol’s path as a city, including national government policy, migration, trade, markets, conflict, climate change, and the rise of polarising ideologies. Meanwhile specific challenges such as an ageing population, social inequality, and unsustainable resource consumption demand a rapid response. The One City Approach is Bristol’s response.
Q&A 9:40 - 10 a.m.
Break 10 - 10:15 a.m.
Session 2: Lessons From New York City: Community Development in Brooklyn - Bushwick Community Plan 10:15 - 11 a.m.
Transformative Community Building. Rosa stands for advocating for those without a voice and creating sacred spaces to create a culture where people are empowered to thrive.
The Bushwick Community Plan was created using a new model in community planning, whereby local residents, community groups, elected officials, City agencies, and other stakeholders co-developed a plan that reflected the community’s priorities. This plan is the Bushwick community’s vision for the neighborhood’s future, which includes strategies for protecting existing affordable housing, increasing opportunities for new deeply affordable housing, improving open spaces, infrastructure and community health and increasing neighborhood resources and economic opportunities . It is intended to communicate local priorities to decision makers, while also aiding community organizations in their work, and educating local residents on ways in which they can become engaged in local issues.
This plan will be discussed by Ron Shiffman, Luis Munive, and Rosa Scott. Ron has spent more than fifty years working to promote community-based activism and to empower local groups to participate directly in the development of their neighborhoods. Luis and Rosa served on the steering committee that produced this plan, representing El Puente, a community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through engagement of members in arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action.
Ron Shiffman, FAICP, Hon. AIA; Urban Planner and Community Development Specialist; Professor Emeritus, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Enviornment
Luis Munive, Co-director, El Puente Bushwick Leadership Center
Rosa Scott, Senior Certified Trainer and Consultant, Global Justice Institute, El Puente
Q&A 11 - 11:20 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Session 3: Keynote 12:15 - 1 p.m.
Collaborative Governance and Urban Revitalization: City Strategies for Reducing Poverty and Inequality
Dr. Michael J. Rich, Emory University, Professor of Political Science and Environmental Sciences
Q&A 1 - 1:20 p.m.
Session 4: Becoming a Child Friendly City 1:20 - 2 p.m.
Andy Lloyd, Head of Children's Workforce Development in Leeds Children's Services, UK
Q&A 2 - 2:20 p.m.
Closing 2:20 - 2:30 p.m.
Ali Modarres, Director of Urban Studies
About the Keynote Speaker
Dr. Michael J. Rich
Emory University, Professor of Political Science and Environmental Sciences
Over the past three decades many cities have launched a variety of collaborative, cross-sector initiatives to address a range of persistent urban problems such as concentrated poverty and related issues that include the lack of affordable housing, improving academic achievement in the public schools, and enhancing access to economic opportunities through workforce and economic development strategies, among others. Recent research has shown that one of the most important determinants of successful collaborative initiatives is the quality of local governance. In this session, Dr. Rich will review the evolution of community engagement in place-based initiatives, from the Johnson administration’s War on Poverty to present-day efforts being support by philanthropies and local governments, among others, in the nation’s largest cities. This session will identify many of the key factors associated with effective local collaborative governance as well as highlight some of the more innovative collaborative governance structures and processes that have guided contemporary city collaborative initiatives to reduce poverty and promote economic mobility.
About the Panelists
Counsilor Asher Craig
Deputy Mayor, Communities
Asher has over 30 years’ experience as a community activist, leader, management consultant and now politician. She has championed the needs of the voiceless, with a particular emphasis on the social-economic development of BME and under-represented communities. She has led and chaired a number of major partnerships and organisations at local, regional and national level and has worked in the field of employment & training, education & skills, recruitment, advocacy, equality & diversity within local government and third sector.
Ron Shiffman has spent more than fifty years working to promote community-based activism and to empower local groups to participate directly in the development of their neighborhoods. Trained as an architect and urban planner, he is an expert in community-based planning, housing, and sustainable development. In addition to his work with communities and as an academician, Shiffman has served on the New York City Planning Commission (1990-1996) and on a number of gubernatorial, mayoral, and civic task forces. He has also served as a consultant on numerous national and global community-based planning, design, and development initiatives. Shiffman was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation's 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership and the American Planning Association's 2013 National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Pioneer.
Co-Director, El Puente Bushwick Leadership Center
Luis Munive is currently a co-director at the El Puente Bushwick Leadership Center. El Puente is a community-based organization which provides the communities of Williamsburg and Bushwick with much needed support in the areas of academic support, arts and culture, college prep, leadership development, community organizing, immigration support.
His journey with El Puente began 12 years ago when he joined the program as a teen during the Summer Youth Employment Program. His first job as a youth organizer set in motion a cascade of events that led him to work in the neighborhood that he was born and raised in. His first project service project ever worked on was one that involved a community health assessment on the access to healthy food in Bushwick and its surrounding communities. Since then he has been a part of numerous El Puente initiatives including; SUENA (Students United for Education and Neighborhood Action), To Hope With Love; a park beautification project, Tracing Our Roots; a project focused on exploring the Latino culture and coming to America, and the WEPA Bushwick Project.
He has served as a Participatory Budgeting delegate for Councilmember Antonio Reynoso (District 34), for the last four years and has advocated for the improvement of access to resources in neighborhood schools and open spaces. Luis graduated in 2014 from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, with a B.A in Forensic Psychology. Luis hopes to continue leading and inspiring youth into action for Bushwick.
Senior Certified Trainer and Consultant, Global Justice Institute, El Puente
Rosa Scott is a leader in the areas of executive coaching and training, curriculum development and programming, and empowerment for liberation. Her passion for this work began at El Puente where she started as a member and grew to be a Program Director. There she built up multiple programs and traveled internationally to do organizing around environmental injustice, wellness and human rights education. Rosa has managed over 10 programs across multiple sites, and she has overseen outstanding and award-winning programming for thousands of young people in her tenure. In addition, she co-developed El Puente’s ground-breaking framework, Transformative Community Building. Rosa stands for advocating for those without a voice and creating sacred spaces to create a culture where people are empowered to thrive.
Head of Children’s Workforce Development in Leeds Children’s Services, UK
Andy Lloyd is Head of Children’s Workforce Development in Leeds Children’s Services, UK. He is a qualified Social Worker and began his career working in the residential child care sector before moving to work in the fields of child protection and youth justice. After working in state services for 8 years, he moved into the not-for-profit sector to manage a large family support service. He then moved to work at two of the three Universities in Leeds, latterly as Head of Department. Nearly seven years ago, he took up the post of Head of Children’s Workforce Development in Leeds Children’s Services. In his role, Andy is responsible, amongst other things, for ensuring that the voice of children is heard in Leeds and that their voice has influence. He is a strong advocate of the Child Friendly Leeds ambition.