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.
We are very proud of Tara who has completed her doctoral dissertation, "Learning and Understanding Empowerment Planning: An Emergent Model That Builds Community Capacity to Affect Neighborhood Planning Outcomes." Tara has been one of the longest-serving members of the CHARP team and we look forward to working with her in the future as we shift towards a stronger popular education focus striving towards social justice with our neighborhood partners. The abstract of her dissertation is below.
Cache Owens has successfully completed her Master's Thesis in Geography. The title: Black Farms Matter: Black Farmers, Community Organizing, and Farmland Preservation.
This research contributes to a larger body of work aimed at highlighting the importance of black farmers. This project analyzed the spatial distribution of black farmers in North Carolina, and the local farmland preservation policies which impact them. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods this research concludes that community organizing is a viable tool to preserve black farms.
The Charlotte Post detailed the partnership between Angel Hjarding's Butterfly Highway and the Druid Hills Neighborhood as they work together to reintroduce vital pollinators across Charlotte. The Butterfly Highway also touched down at Moore Place as the tenants built butterfly gardens.
Elizabeth Morrell, Joe Howarth, and Dr. Janni Sorensen's article has been published in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. The article's citation and abstract are below. We are very excited to share our experiences and support the CHARP model in other higher education contexts.
Morrell, E., Sorensen, J. & Howarth, J. (2015). The Charlotte Action Research Project: A Model for Direct and Mutually Beneficial Community–University Engagement. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 19(1), 105-132.
The Honors College students under the supervision of Dr. Robert Arnold and Dr. Janni Sorensen completed and presented an impressive history project to the Washington Heights community. Residents and students gathered at the Excelsior Club to see what the students had created with the collaboration of Washington Heights. An assortment of photos and oral histories were combined into a beautiful documentary. This history project is only the beginning of a larger oral history project in Washington Heights.
The CHARP team created a poster demonstrating how Dr. Sorensen's GEOG 2000 course provides a unique experience for students. The Service Learning/Engaged Scholarship Showcase featured poster presentations from many disciplines describing the use of service learning and engaged scholarship projects across campus. Projects were diverse and featured case studies, best practices, lessons learned, and innovations in service learning and engaged scholarship. The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning and Campus Compact.
CHARP representatives presented and attended a number of conferences during the 2014-2015 school year.
Society for Conservation Biology
Imagining America Conference
ACSP Conference - Thresholds for Habitat for Humanity Houses in Low-income Neighborhoods – A Case Study of Charlotte NC
Association of American Geographers Conference
Urban Affairs Conference
Upcoming: Tara Bengle will be presenting her dissertation research at the Community Development Society Conference in Lexington, KY