Author Archives: Anne Schwieger

Boston Olympic Bid Event

On Thursday, July 16, URBAN Boston, in conjunction with the NAACP, hosted an event called “The Boston Olympic Bid, Communities of Color, and the Future of Our City.”  The event was held at Freedom House in Dorchester, MA.

Planning for and hosting the Olympic games in Boston will have huge implications for the future of the city. The NAACP and URBAN Boston want to ensure that all of the city’s residents have the opportunity to meaningfully influence the planning process and ensure that the Olympic bid benefits all Bostonians.  Event participants shared their perspectives on what they think has been missing from the public conversation about a potential Boston Olympics, learned about an opportunity to participate in community-based research about the Boston bid in partnership with researchers, community groups, and residents, and explored how community groups in other cities have organized to influence the Olympic bid process. Continue reading

Cultivating the Next Generation of Public Sociologists

Mentorship is a critical need for graduate students and early career sociologists who very often lack access to resources and guidance in their home departments to support their community-based research interests.  Toward addressing this need, the Sociology Node will hold its second annual Junior Community Scholars Mentorship Event in conjunction with the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) annual meetings in Chicago this August.

More details and registration instructions coming soon!  

“State of the Research” on School Closure

A collaboration of local scholars will convene a conference on school closures on June 19 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA from 8:30am-6:00pm in Stiteler Hall.  Registration is open to the public and is a $15 suggested donation to be collected at the event (nobody will be turned away for lack of funds).  The conference is entitled The “State of the Research” on School Closure: A Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference and will bring together researchers who are working across this range of inquiry in the mid-Atlantic region. The goal of this conference is to share findings and approaches, articulate commonalities and divergences across place, and set an agenda for ongoing research and engagement with this and other issues of urban and educational equity. Continue reading

New Book on Social Justice Education and PAR

Active Learning: Social Justice Education and Participatory Action Research examines a participatory action research (PAR) project led by young people as a teaching and learning approach with implications for pedagogy, schools, educational policy and education reform and transformation.  This book was written by Dana E. Wright and published by Routledge in March 2015. Continue reading

Highlights from National URBAN Conference

On April 30th and May 1st, the first national URBAN gathering took place at UMASS Boston. Forty-five scholars from across the country gathered for a 2-day working conference on “Collaborative Research for Equity and Action in Education.” Funded by a grant from the American Educational Research Association, the conference was designed to bring together scholars who practice different forms of action research to share lessons, identify commonalities and clarify differences in this diverse research tradition. According to Mark Warren, “the URBAN conference came at the right time. Scholars are increasingly looking for ways for their research to be more relevant to addressing pressing needs facing urban communities. Participants left with a stronger understanding of the ways that research can work together with community change agents in support of equity and social justice goals.” Continue reading

Collaborative Research Seed Grants

With the generous support of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation (a private foundation which is committed to supporting organizing and leadership of young people and communities of color in dismantling structural inequity based on race and class), URBAN.Boston is pleased to announce the availability of seed funding to help incubate an education-related collaborative research project spanning July 2015 to November 2015. Specifically, the seed grant award is to be used for (1) the development of a new collaborative research proposal or (2) the development of a new phase of an existing collaborative research project.  The award will be up to $1,000 and must be used for the planning of a collaborative research project (that may or may not be submitted elsewhere for funding); funds are not intended for the execution of collaborative research.  Funding can be used for meeting expenses, consultant fees (e.g., grant writer, facilitator), transportation, stipends for community volunteers, data collection for pilot studies, and/or other non-personnel expenses.  The funding may not be used for salaries or fringe benefits.

Proposals are due by 5pm on May 29, 2015.  Click here to download full application instructions.

Civic Engagement, Civic Development, and Higher Education

How can colleges and universities build capacity for civic engagement and civic development? Previous monographs in the Civic Series have examined various ways of achieving this purpose—strengthening student learning, involving the faculty, and establishing campus-community partnerships. Civic Engagement, Civic Development, and Higher Education, the fourth in the series, focuses on the instrumental role of leadership and highlights the importance of individuals who are integral to the building process. Continue reading

Apply to Host an URBAN Roundtable at ASA 2015

URBAN is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a set of roundtables on collaborative, community-based research at the 2015 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Chicago.  These roundtables will be in conjunction with the Section of Sociological Practice and Public Sociology.

The roundtables are intended to serve as working sessions in which scholars/practitioners will discuss ongoing work, identify common areas of interest, establish ongoing communication, and hopefully set an agenda for ongoing collaboration. Continue reading