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.
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.