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2016 Dale Prize Call for Nominations

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the 2016 Dale Prize. The Dale Prize pairs a scholar and a practitioner for dialogues on a focused planning topic, with a goal of linking theory and practice.  Awardees participate in a colloquium, visit classes, and meet with students and alumni.  A $5,000 honorarium accompanies each award.  Nominations are sought by December 4, 2015.

This topic for this year’s Dale Prize colloquium is Planning for Community Self Determination and Racial Justice.  The event will be held February 10-11, 2016 on the Cal Poly Pomona campus.  Please view the official page of the Dale Prize for more details.

Nomination procedures and background on the Dale Prize are available here


Philadelphia Convening on High Stakes Testing

On Saturday, October 24 a collaborative comprised of Philadelphia parents, teachers, and researchers will host Convening on High Stakes Testing: Envisioning Alternatives & Planning Next Steps.  The event will take place from 9:30am-4:00pm at Temple University in the Kiva Auditorium, Ritter Anex (1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue).

The event is designed to create partnerships in support of replacing high stakes testing with more meaningful forms of assessment and accountability.  Collaborating organizations include URBAN, Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools, Caucus of Working Educators, Opt Out PhillyTeacher Action Group, Temple Teacher NetworkUnited Opt Out, and University Community Collaborative .   Continue reading

New Book by Shawn Ginwright: Hope and Healing in Urban Education

Hope and Healing in Urban Education is the latest work by Shawn Ginwright, Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University.  The book proposes a new movement of healing justice to repair the damage done by structural violence in urban communities. Drawing on ethnographic case studies from around the country, this book chronicles how teacher activists employ healing strategies in stressed schools and community organizations, and work to reverse negative impacts on academic achievement and civic engagement, supporting their students to become powerful civic actors. Hope and Healing in Urban Education examines how social change can be enacted from within to restore a sense of hope to besieged communities and counteract the effects of poverty, violence, and hopelessness.

Learn more about the book and how to save 20% here!

Updated Guidelines for Peer Reviewing Community Based Research

The URBAN scholar-activist network’s publications committee has drafted guidelines to aid editors and reviewers of sociological journals and conference papers in assessing community- based research submissions. The guidelines are also intended to support community-based researchers who are presenting studies for critical reviews.  Please send your thoughts and questions to

Check out the relevant documents below!

Executive Summary

Full Guidelines

UC Davis School of Education Postdoc Position

The School of Education of the University of California, Davis seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher.  This opportunity is funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and focuses on the domain of public participation in scientific research (PPSR) as a tool to promote science learning, environmental stewardship, and civic engagement.  This is a two-year position ending June 30, 2017 and contracted on a yearly basis.  The start date is before the beginning of the fall quarter (September 21, 2015).  An August start date is preferable.

Click here for a full position description!

URBAN Sessions at ASA and SSSP

The URBAN scholar-activist network’s publications committee has drafted guidelines to aid editors and reviewers of sociological journals and conference papers in assessing community- based research submissions. The guidelines are also intended to support community-based researchers who are presenting studies for critical reviews. Members of the URBAN publications committee will present these guidelines for discussion at multiple events at the 2015 meeting of the American Sociological Association from August 22-25 as well as at the 2015 meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems from August 21-23.  Both conferences will be held in Chicago, IL.  The Chairs of the Boston and Los Angeles URBAN nodes are speakers in several of the sessions at ASA.  Stop by to learn more and get involved with URBAN at the local level!

A full schedule of sessions planned for the ASA annual meeting can be accessed here!

JCES Call for Student or Community Partner Authored Manuscripts

The editors of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) are currently working on a special issue that will feature pieces authored by students or community partners. If you are a graduate student or if you have worked with a student or community partner who might be interested in submitting a manuscript for these sections, please contact Vicky Carter, Assistant to the Editor, at

Download the calls for manuscripts below!

Call for Submissions:  Student Voices

Call for Submissions:  Community Perspectives Continue reading

Alvaro Huerta TEDx Talk on Human Migration

Throughout history, human beings, especially the global poor, have been in constant movement. In a talk delivered at a TEDxClaremontColleges event on March 7, 2015 Dr. Alvaro Huerta argues that we should view this migration as a universal human right and treat honest, hard-working immigrants with the dignity and respect that they deserve.

Dr. Alvaro Huerta is an Assistant Professor at Cal Poly Pomona with a joint appointment in Urban & Regional Planning and Ethnic & Women’s Studies. While he earned his B.A. (history) and M.A. (urban planning) from UCLA, he also earned his doctorate (city & regional planning) from UC Berkeley. His work is at the crossroads of community development, economic development, social movements, Chicana/o—Latina/o studies, and more. He is the author of the book Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm. Married to his wife Antonia, Dr. Huerta is the son of Mexican immigrants from the beautiful state of Michoacán.

Ethics Working Group Conference Video

The video below features Ethics Working Group members Ron Glass, Sheeva Sabati, and Joyce King.  It serves as a companion to the graphic visualization that was created during the Ethics working group session at the National URBAN conference held April 30-May 1, 2015.  Learn more about the conference and access the full set of working group graphic visualizations here!

Ethics Working Group Video ImageClick here to play the video!


EJOR Call for Community OR Papers

This announcement is for a special issue of the European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR), to be co-edited by Michael Johnson, member of the Boston node of URBAN, and his UK colleague Gerald Midgley. Gerald has more than 20 years research experience in community-engaged applications of operations research/management science; Michael has more recently adapted UK notions of community OR to the American OR context.  They have each edited books on Community OR that have consolidated and promoted the field on their own sides of the Atlantic (Midgley and Ochoa-Arias, 2004; Johnson, 2012). Their collaboration on editing this special issue marks a desire, not only to share learning across the USA and Europe, but also to form a truly global research community, showcasing a wide range of international innovations and applications. Continue reading