Summer 2019 CORE-Tisch Fellows Work with DSNI and CLU

In summer 2019, the Co-Research/Co-Education (CORE) program at Tufts Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) placed two graduate students with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Community Labor United, with support of the Tisch Summer Fellows program, a program of the Tisch College of Civic Life. Savannah-Nicole and Luisa report on their summer experiences below.Continue reading Summer 2019 CORE-Tisch Fellows Work with DSNI and CLU

Preparing Soil, Planting Seeds: Community Land Trusts for Urban Farms

In Spring 2018, Alice Maggio, David Morgan, Nicole Huang, and Zoë Ackerman partnered with members of the Urban Farming Institute Community Land Trust to carry out a Tufts Field Project. The Urban Farming Institute (UFI) of Boston’s mission is to promote urban agriculture through education, farmer training, policy initiatives, and farm site access for farmers.Continue reading Preparing Soil, Planting Seeds: Community Land Trusts for Urban Farms

Teaching Democracy: Popular Education Training 2018

By Zoë Ackerman Teaching Democracy is a train-the-trainers program and web platform for building the capacity of Tufts and community practitioners in popular education and community-based education methods. It was co-created by Tufts Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning (UEP) with several of its community partners. These methods arise from community organizing and empowermentContinue reading Teaching Democracy: Popular Education Training 2018

CORE Fellows Summer 2018

Each summer, two Tufts UEP graduate students work with community partners for a 10-week fellowship through the CoRE (Co-learning/Co-education) partnership.  Funded by Tisch College, fellows get hands-on experience in community planning, organizing and development.  And the fellows help to deepen collaboration between  Tufts and its community partners. In summer 2018, Lydia Collins worked with DudleyContinue reading CORE Fellows Summer 2018

Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning

Environmental Justice communities across the nation are reclaiming planning and driving climate resilience. Check out the new report by Movement Strategy Center: Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning: A Framework. ************* From Buffalo to the Gulf South to Minneapolis to California to New York City, communities are reclaiming the planning processes that shape how we live, work,Continue reading Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning

Co-Learning for Environmental Justice

The New Solutions Journal recently published an article I wrote on “Community University Collaborations for Environmental Justice”. This piece lays out a model for deep, transformative, co-learning between community and university. It is based on the partnerships that I have been building at Tufts Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning over the past six yearsContinue reading Co-Learning for Environmental Justice

Development without Displacement: UEP Field Project Supports the Formation of the Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network

A team of five UEP graduate students, as a part of the 2015 UEP Field Projects, worked with a nascent network of community land trusts (CLTs) in Boston to explore the value and possibilities for CLTs in the Boston area to promote development without displacement. The four partners the team worked with are the DudleyContinue reading Development without Displacement: UEP Field Project Supports the Formation of the Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network

CORE Summer 2015 Fellows Support Community Land Trusts in Chinatown and Roxbury

Editor’s note: Danielle Ngo and Ben Baldwin, two UEP graduate students supported by Tisch College and UEP to work with UEP’s CORE (Co-Research/Co-Education) community partners, report back on their 2015 Summer Fellowship experiences. Danielle Ngo Tisch Summer Fellow at Chinese Progressive Association I was a Tisch Summer Fellow at the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) as part ofContinue reading CORE Summer 2015 Fellows Support Community Land Trusts in Chinatown and Roxbury

Land Trusts Offer Houses People With Lower Incomes Can Afford—And a Stepping Stone to Lasting Wealth

Check out this article I wrote for Yes! Magazine looking at the role that community land trusts can play in helping people to build wealth. Many thanks to Joyce Fidalgo, Ron Stokes, and Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup for sharing their stories and to Tony Hernandez and Eliza Parad of Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, John Davis ofContinue reading Land Trusts Offer Houses People With Lower Incomes Can Afford—And a Stepping Stone to Lasting Wealth

Land Banking and Community Land Trusts: Strategies for Reclaiming Philly’s Vacant Properties

Philadelphia recently established a land bank, an increasingly popular tool for Rust Belt cities to address struggles with post-industrial vacancy. While land banking can help facilitate the process by which vacant land is put back into productive use, it can also perpetuate cycles of uneven development and disinvestment if land only goes to the highestContinue reading Land Banking and Community Land Trusts: Strategies for Reclaiming Philly’s Vacant Properties