Local Nodes

Guidelines for New URBAN Nodes

Starting an Urban Research Based Action Network (URBAN) node gives you the opportunity to bring academics and community leaders together locally and be part of a national network where you can learn, share resources, and work together on the basis of common values. URBAN is building a new and exciting field of collaborative research committed to equity and social justice and you will have the opportunity to support and influence its development.

In advance of submitting an application, prospective nodes will learn about the work of URBAN and its existing nodes. Prospective node leaders work closely with local university and community stakeholders to determine if there is an interest in creating a node, what local challenges there are, and how node members might benefit from a joint research partnership.

Please see the full guidelines and application process.

Assistant/Associate Professor, Leadership in Education

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor of Urban Education, Leadership, and Policy Studies in the Leadership in Education Department to begin September 1, 2016. The successful candidate’s research and teaching expertise will be in pre-K to 12 urban education in leadership or policy studies, with a specialization in the ways race, class, gender, ability, and language intersect with leadership and/or policy related to urban schools. Continue reading

URBAN website survey

As announced in the last newsletter, National URBAN is in the process of moving to CUNY this fall. As part of this transition, we are reaching out to local and disciplinary nodes and members in a number of ways.
One of our first goals is to find out more about how you currently use (or don’t use) the URBAN website, how to make the website more responsive to members’ goals and needs, and how to best facilitate digital space for collaboration across the URBAN network.
We would greatly appreciate your input, which will help us to stay connected to similarly minded scholars and activists through URBAN. We ask that you respond by Monday, November 30th, 2015.

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Youth Hub and URBAN Boston Event

Join us to learn about how Youth Hub is engaging youth to improve local youth employment outcomes!

URBAN Boston and Youth Hub in Dorchester invite you to learn more about participatory action research in Boston communities!

Youth Hub utilizes a youth-led participatory action research and innovation model in Codman Square, Dorchester, to identify challenges and opportunities, implement interventions, and measure results related to youth employment. Come for an interactive evening of learning, discussing, and experiencing the work of Youth Hub in Codman Square and its potential application to other neighborhoods. Continue reading

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

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 charlotte_ryan@uml.edu.

Check out the relevant documents below!

Executive Summary

Full Guidelines

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!

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.