Angel Hjarding took part in the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS) held in Charlotte and organized by UNCC faculty including Robby Boyer (Geography) and Nicole Peterson (Anthropology). She led a group of conference attendees on a tour of Enderly Park in an effort to count butterflies and explain the importance of biodiversity in support of pollinator populations.
The Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund event on March 26th was a big success. The event began with a presentation by Cache Owens explaining the Women's Safety Audit process and partnership with Greater Enderly Park.
The Mobile Arts & Community Experience (MAX) is the product of a $350,000 Knight Foundation grant and the work of the UNCC College of Arts and Architecture, City.Building.Lab and the Charlotte Action Research Project. The MAX is a mobile space for neighborhoods to hold meetings and integrate the arts into community events and organizing.
The following articles talk more about the project and we hope that MAX will provide a vital resource to our partner neighborhoods and beyond.
PlanCharlotte has conducted an incredible, in-depth history of Charlotte's creek and waterway system as part of their Keeping Watch series. The site discusses each important creek in Charlotte and its complex history filled with good memories and abuse that have shaped how we see and enjoy the creeks today.
The visit of the Executive Director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) was a big success. Al Richmond enjoyed meeting with our neighborhood partners and shared with us his deep knowledge of the City of Charlotte. Mr. Richmond spoke to a number of UNC Charlotte faculty and students as well as health care representatives in Charlotte. We appreciate him spending time with us and hope to work with him and the CCPH in the future.
Al Richmond, the new Executive Director of the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH), will be visiting UNC Charlotte March 23-24 and will be sitting down with members of CHARP and MAPPr to discuss ways to collaborate with these organization at UNC Charlotte. He will also be speaking on March 24th at 3pm. His topic will be "Principles of Partnership: A Framework for Building Authentic Partnerships." The presentation will be in Cone 210. We are thrilled to have Mr.
Cache Owens of CHARP is hosting a planner's panel as part of her NCAPA Fellowship on February 24th at 11am in McEniry 117 at UNC Charlotte. The panel will be part of Dr. Robby Boyer's Intro to Urban & Regional Planning course. The panel will include 4 planners, 3 from the public sector and one from the private sector. The planners will talk about their experiences in the planning field and be available for questions about a planning career. The panel is open to all students.
Dr. Sorensen co-authored a paper that was recently voted "the most influential research related to health care disparities for 2014." The poll was conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The research engaged Hispanic youth and paired them with Dr. Sorensen's undergraduate seminar students to perform a Photovoice project. The youth photographed aspects of their neighborhood that would impact community health and exacerbate health disparities in Hispanic immigrant populations.
CHARP welcomes new and returning students to UNCC for a new semester. We also welcome our neighborhood and campus partners back from the holiday season. We have a lot of exciting projects to work on this semester and summer. We continue to work on the Enderly Park Women's Safety Audit. The Butterfly Highway Project is gaining more support on campus and our department. Members of CHARP will be attending academic conferences such as Urban Affairs and AAG.