Funds from the UNCC Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund paid for 12 students and faculty to attend the Dismantling Racism workshop sponsored by Race Matters for Juvenile Justice. The entire CHARP team attended and we invited colleagues from an assortment of disciplines to attend. The feedback from attendees was awesome and we hope to secure funds for more people to attend in the future.
Jamese Pinkston of CHARP led a group of 12 youth through a discussion about the importance of health in community planning. Youth worked with facilitators from Stratford Richardson YMCA as well as CHARP members and associates. Carolina Health System's Department of Family Medicine also acted as a partner and faciliatators of the workshop. Youth discussed different types of health and how to define those types of health. The students learned about how certain types of health issues can impact their quality of life.
The following report is our submission to CES4Health detailing the Neighborhood Safety Audit conducted in the Enderly Park neighborhood of Charlotte, NC. Our extensive partnership with this neighborhood resulted in a process of understanding safe and unsafe spaces in this community and building the capacity to address safety issues in the Enderly Park area.
The full report is available below.
The Media Mobilizing Project presented Groundwork: Justice in the Birthplace of America at the opening of the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability Conference in Charlotte. The event was a huge success that invited UNC Charlotte faculty and students, community organization representatives, and neighborhood residents to explore how people are standing up for social justice in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.
Activists in Greater Enderly Park have taken a stand and action against real estate speculators in their community. Drawing on tactical urbanism and resistance, they have altered the signs placed along Tuckaseegee to send a message to speculators that they are not welcome.
Dr. Janni Sorensen took part in the 2016 Women + Girls Research Alliance at UNC Charlotte's Center City Campus. She spoke in one of the conference conversations about Bridging Divides, Building Solutions.
Photo courtesy of the Niner Times
Joe Howarth presented "Oral Histories as a Strategy for Developing Relationships in a Community-University Partnership" at the Urban Affairs Conference in San Diego. The session was very strong and we received good feedback from attendees and other presenters.
Residents of Druid Hills, Washington Heights, and Optimist Park attended a presentation of work conducted by UNC Charlotte students related to oral histories. The event was a well-received success and sparked much interest and feedback on the websites created by students.
Liz Morrell presented ongoing research related to Habitat for Humanity at this year's Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in Houston, TX. The presentation was called BUILDING HOPE OR CONCENTRATING POVERTY: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’S IMPACT ON URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS. The presentation was well received and documented some of our quantitative work around the impact of Habitat for Humanity on neighborhoods.
The students of the Neighborhood Planning class spent a morning volunteering in the Druid Hills Neighborhood community garden. Druid Hills hosted a volunteer day on October 14, 2015 to get a few small projects done in the garden. The students helped to spread compost and top soil, pull weeds, spread materials, and light clean up. The students were able to engage in meaningful work for the community but also interact with different community partners.