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

CORE Assessment Report

A report assessing the Co-Research/Co-Education (CORE) partnership between Tufts UEP and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is now finalized! In the report, lead author and UEP alumni, Zoë Ackerman, highlights CORE’s accomplishments and contributions with a focus on how CORE has impacted the community. This partnership is built on a 30-year collaboration between DSNI andContinue reading CORE Assessment Report

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

Arts for Community Control: Planning an Arts and Innovation District Without Displacement

This article, written by Penn Loh and Molly Kaviar, was posted in Shelterforce magazine (Sep. 28, 2020): https://shelterforce.org/2020/09/28/planning-an-arts-district-with-art-and-fighting-displacement-with-community/. This piece shares learnings from our community action research collaboration with Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, focusing on how the arts have been used in community planning in Upham’s Corner. Jason Moreno first learned about redevelopment efforts takingContinue reading Arts for Community Control: Planning an Arts and Innovation District Without Displacement

Reflections on Radical Transformation: Moving from a Singular System Story to Pluriverse

By Penn Loh This essay is a confession of sorts, from someone who believes that other worlds are possible and has worked in grassroots movements to fight against injustices and unsustainabilities for the last three decades. While we still have plenty to fight against and now aspire to a Just Transition to a new economy,Continue reading Reflections on Radical Transformation: Moving from a Singular System Story to Pluriverse

CORE SYMPOSIUM: Deepening Community-University Partnerships

By Sarah Saydun On Tuesday, May 5th, over 60 educators, community members, and students gathered digitally for a symposium called “Deepening Community-University Partnerships.” The event provided a moment for reflection and celebration about Co-Research/Co-Education (CORE), an innovative, multi-year, community-based collaboration for teaching, research, and practice. This year, CORE completed its first three-year partnership with DudleyContinue reading CORE SYMPOSIUM: Deepening Community-University Partnerships

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?