47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

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Thursday, April 20 • 1:20pm - 2:45pm
TH1.20.13 Activist Scholarship Special Session: Grassroots Struggles for Employment and Agency in Urban Rehabilitation

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Successful campaigns on issues of race, gentrification, and equity are explored in this panel.

Organizers described in the first paper simply reject the common excuses made for African-American unemployment and find success demanding that the proportions of African-Americans employed in various industries resemble the numbers of Black folk present in the population. Other themes include how histories of racial and economic segregation have exacerbated negative life outcomes in neighborhoods, both urban and rural, and why these histories are important to note before considering policy change. 

Significant Victories in the Struggle for African-American Employment in Education and Construction
Kitty Kelly Epstein, Holy Names University and Fielding Graduate University

A ’Third Reconstruction’ for the Third Sector’s "Right to Work” on Rights-of- Way
Fallon Samuels Aidoo, Harvard University 

Parque Minhocão, São Paulo – Brazil: A Case Study on Urban Rehabilitation, Placemaking and Gentrification 
Deboro Sotto, Grupo de Pesquisa Meio Ambiente Urbano São Paulo - Brazil

Beautiful Walls: Mural Making and Precarity in the City 
Bethany Welch, Aquinas Center


Fallon Samuels Aidoo

Harvard University
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Bethany Welch, Aquinas Center

Executive Director, Aquinas Center
Bethany J. Welch, Ph.D. is the founding director of Aquinas Center. Her research on the Catholic Church and urban revitalization prompted Philadelphia’s St. Thomas Aquinas parish to invite her to help them repurpose a former convent to create a space that builds unity in diversity... Read More →
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Kitty Kelly Epstein

Professor, Holy Names University and Fielding Graduate University
In 2013 Kitty Kelly Epstein was honored with the Activist Scholar Award at the national conference of the Urban Affairs Association.  This was based on her work in Oakland, California where she led an innovation in democracy that consisted of 41 groups comprised of 800 people whose... Read More →


Louise Simmons, University of Connecticut

Professor of Social Work & Director, UConn Urban Semester Program, University of Connecticut
Social and economic justice

Thursday April 20, 2017 1:20pm - 2:45pm CDT
Greenway Ballroom-J (2nd Floor)