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
We want to send out a big congratulations to Melissa Currie for completing her dissertation. The title of her dissertation is Assessing community resilience at the neighborhood level in new construction starter-homes in Charlotte, North Carolina. Melissa has been an integral part of our CHARP team, bringing a number of unique perspectives to the issues we have faced alongside our neighborhood partners. She has been crucial to CHARP's success and has helped CHARP evolve into a stronger organization in pursuit of social justice.
Cache Owens and Tara Bengle presented their research at the 2015 Urban Affairs Conference in Miami. The presentations were well-received and garnered excellent feedback that we can incorporate to upcoming research articles and organizing efforts to support our partner neighborhoods.
Cache presented Neighborhood Safety Interventions: Treating Symptoms or Transforming Community? Tara presented Participatory Action Research: Transitioning from service recipient to service provider. The abstracts are in the document below.