Philadelphia

URBAN Philadelphia will bring together academics, policymakers, community organizers, and representatives from nonprofit and advocacy organizations to exchange ideas and work together to develop projects that seek to improve Philadelphia. These research-based projects will address the everyday needs of Philadelphians for access to high-quality schooling, decent jobs, healthcare, healthy food, and affordable housing in safe, vibrant neighborhoods.

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  • URBAN Philadelphia – community conversation about public education in our city

    The recent election and subsequent cabinet level nominations, especially in education, are cause for alarm on many levels. As members of URBAN Philadelphia, we want to provide the space for educators, parents, and concerned residents to engage in conversation about how we can collectively address the challenges that are in store for public education in ...

  • URBAN Newsletter – Summer 2016

    The URBAN newsletter is now available here, and it includes updates about national URBAN events and node activities during the 2015 – 2016 academic year.

  • URBAN Gathers for Third National Meeting: “Critical Solidarities and Multi-Scalar Powers”

    Urban Research-Based Action Network (URBAN) Gathers for Third National Meeting at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York On Thursday, March 31st and Friday, April 1st, nearly one hundred scholars, activists, and artists gathered for the third national URBAN conference at the CUNY Graduate Center: Critical Solidarities and Multi-Scalar Powers. The convening began with ...

  • Open Letter to Philadelphia School Reform Commission Highlights Concern over School Privatization

    In an open letter to the School Reform Commission (SRC) of the School District of Philadelphia, several Philadelphia-area faculty members raise concerns over the plans to privatize three elementary schools.  The letter questions the process by which the SRC decided on privatization, as it excluded parents and communities who prefer neighborhood schools, and the rationale that poor ...

  • Reflections on the Second National URBAN Conference

    On Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th, over fifty scholars and activists from the Urban Research-Based Action Network (URBAN) gathered for their second national conference at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Gilda Ochoa, Professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies and Sociology at Pomona College, reflects on the conference: Learning from the Contradictions: A Critical Reflection on Collaborative Action-Research.

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