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

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Friday, April 21 • 11:10am - 12:35pm
FR11.10.17 Activist Scholarship Special Session: Grassroots Efforts at Racial Equality

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This panel explores the groundswell of social activism with a close look at several specific examples: participatory budgeting in Chicago with many Latino participants; Black empowerment in Oakland; movement-oriented groups in Tennessee; and the role of heritage in hyper-local neighborhood contexts.

Equitable Development (In)action: Lessons from Downtown Redevelopment in the Washington, DC Suburbs
Willow Lung-Amam, University of Maryland, College Park

Neighborhood Story Streams: A Theory of Sustainability, Culture and Place

George C. Homsy, Binghamton University; Siobhan Hart, Binghamton University 

The Role of Scholar-Activism: How Social Scientists Can Bolster Resistance Movements
Sekou Franklin, Middle Tennessee State University

The Prospects and Dilemmas of Fusing Progressive Grassroots Activism With Electoral Politics In Oakland, California, 2013-2016
Stan Oden, California State University Sacramento

Identifying Collective and System Level Learning: Approaching a Participatory Budgeting Process as a Learning Environment that can be Designed for Agentic Learning
Jose W. Melendez, University of Illinois Chicago



Sekou Franklin

Middle Tennessee State University
Associate Professor of Political Science Coordinator of Urban Studies Minor
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Jose W. Melendez

Postdoc in Teaching and Mentoring, University of Illinois, Chicago
José W. Meléndez received his doctorate from the Learning Sciences program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), with a co-discipline in Urban Planning and Policy. His research focuses on the interrelation between the environment, participants, and language and how each... Read More →

Stan Oden

California State University, Sacramento
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Willow Lung-Amam, University of Maryland College Park

Director of Community Development, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education
Willow Lung-Amam, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Urban Studies and Planning Program and Director of Community Development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her scholarship focuses on the link between social... 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 →

Friday April 21, 2017 11:10am - 12:35pm CDT
Greenway Ballroom-J (2nd Floor)