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Thursday, April 5 • 9:10am - 10:35am
TH9.10.07 Civic/Public Engagement Strategies for Social Justice across Urban Policy Domains: Urban Resilience, Youth-Adult Partnerships, and School Nutrition

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This comparative panel examines the use of civic/public engagement strategies in various urban policy domains in order to improve social justice and policy reform outcomes: enhancing disaster urban resilience, creating age-friendly cities, disseminating a social justice curriculum though youth-adult partnerships, and expanding community-driven urban school nutrition. It draws evidence from case-studies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Worcester (MA). All panelists, from and academia and the public sector, are informed by an engaged scholarship approach with direct participation in the policy efforts. The use of civic/public engagement strategies seems to be an asset in social justice policy reform, yet the challenges to sustain such strategies are strong.

Moderator: Ramon Borges-Mendez, Clark University

Public Engagement Methods and Outcomes: Case Evidence from the San Francisco Bay Area 
Jennifer Shea, San Francisco State University

Youth Civic Engagement through a Social Justice Approach to Youth-Adult Partnership 
Laurie Ross, Clark University

The Worcester (MA) Public Schools Nutrition Program: Cooking Civic Engagement and Policy Reform 
Ramon Borges-Mendez, Clark University; Donna Lombardi, Worcester Public Schools

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Laurie Ross, Clark University

Project Director, Worcester ACTs/Clark University
Laurie Ross, PhD, is an associate professor at Clark University and engages in community-based action research projects in Worcester on topics such as youth and gang violence, youth and young adult homelessness, and youth worker professional education. For the past twelve years, Ross... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 9:10am - 10:35am EDT
Simcoe (2nd Floor)