Two Master’s Theses Completed in Collaboration with Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

Luisa Santos and Molly Kaviar completed their Tufts UEP Master’s theses this spring 2021, working with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI). Both served as Research Assistants on a community action research project between UEP and DSNI that started in 2018. [For more on this project, go to this website.] DSNI has been working forContinue reading Two Master’s Theses Completed in Collaboration with Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

Reflecting on UEP’s Community-University Partnership Practices

On May 21st, students, alumni, and faculty in the Tufts UEP program gathered online to reflect on their involvement with the Co-Research/Co-Education (CORE) community-university partnership. CORE is a multi-year, community-based collaboration that integrates teaching, research, and practice. The goal of this event was to provide graduating students an opportunity to share their experiences and lessonsContinue reading Reflecting on UEP’s Community-University Partnership Practices

Seeing Solidarity Economy in Action in Montreal

By Allie Wainer and Melissa Gordon In May 2019, a group of 18 students and faculty with Tufts New Economy and community members from the Solidarity Economy Initiative traveled to Montreal for a weekend to exchange ideas with organizations putting solidarity economy values into practice. Instead of traveling to an academic-style conference, we explored MontrealContinue reading Seeing Solidarity Economy in Action in Montreal

Mutual Banks: an old model for a new economy?

Not all banks are created equal. Most are owned by Wall Street investors, while some are owned by their own customers (such as credit unions). The mutual bank, governed like a trust by a small group of “corporators,” occupies a position somewhere in between. Not beholden to stockholders, these mutuals are more free to act in ways that contribute to their communities, employees, and environmental sustainability. They can be critical catalysts for building community wealth and solidarity economies. Continue reading Mutual Banks: an old model for a new economy?

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

Filling the Food Processing Gap Between Local Farms and Institutions

Laura Flagg’s 2018 UEP Thesis (“Small-Scale Food Processing’s Role in Farm to Institution: Filling Market Gaps and Moving Toward a Regional Supply Chain”) explores small-scale food processing with a case study of Commonwealth Kitchen and three other processors. Read Laura’s full thesis here. By Laura Flagg Farm-to-institution initiatives are trying to grow the local economyContinue reading Filling the Food Processing Gap Between Local Farms and Institutions

Tufts UEP and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Awarded 2-year Federal Community Action Research Grant

How does community participation influence community development and the residents who engage? How can civic participation be strengthened so that communities gain more control over their destinies? These are the questions that Tufts UEP and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) will be pursuing over the next two years. The participatory research project is entitled FromContinue reading Tufts UEP and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Awarded 2-year Federal Community Action Research Grant

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