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Friday, May 6th, 2022

Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center Ballroom (with Zoom options)

Conference Mission: Civic Research Agendas

BARI’s annual conference is a unique forum for members of greater Boston’s civic data community to show how they are advancing equitable, data-driven research and policy in our region. This year we have taken a new approach: to practice what we preach—and preach what we practice—we replaced the traditional panel (i.e., 3-4 “expert” talks) with a format and focus that brings all stakeholders in focus.

Each session will center on developing a civic research agenda, or a set of objectives identified by community leaders that can be advanced with research. Sessions will consist of (1) a short panel presentation to instigate conversation on a topic and a pressing question (e.g., Climate Resilience: How do we center communities in the pursuit of radical change?) and (2) a brainstorm among all attendees on how to grapple with the associated challenges and opportunities. Our hope is to produce insights and practices that will guide collaborative work in the region in the coming year.

Schedule

9 am – 10 am

Location: Curry Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Tiffany Chu, Chief of Staff to City of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu

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Welcoming Remarks by: Provost David Madigan, Northeastern University

Dean Uta Poiger, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University

Dan O’Brien, Director, Boston Area Research Initiative, Northeastern University

10:15 am – 11:45 am

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Location: Curry Ballroom

Hosted with: King Boston

Moderator: Ted Landsmark, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University

April Khadijah Inniss, MD, MSc, Director of Community Engaged Research, King Boston

Margaret Burnham University Distinguished Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of Africana Studies, Northeastern University

Chrystal Kornegay Executive Director, MassHousing

Maria Latimore, Consultant, Homes for Equity

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Location: McLeod Suites 318-320

Moderator: Nayeli Rodriguez, Program Director, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

Priyanka Rangadass, Development Coordinator, GreenRoots

Scott Hersey, Olin College of Engineering

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Location: McLeod Suites 322

An interactive session for developing a civic research agenda.

Hosted with: Strategies for Children

Facilitator: Kim Lucas, Professor of Practice, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Associate Director of Civic Research, Boston Research Initiative, Northeastern University

 

11:45 am – 1 pm: Lunch (w/ Optional Table Discussions)

Becca Berkey, Director, Community-Engaged Teaching & Research, Northeastern University – “Aligning Research with Society: Community-Engaged Scholarship”

Eric Gordon, Professor, Assistant Dean, and Director of the Engagement Lab, Emerson College

Nigel Jacob, Senior Fellow, Burnes Center for Social Change, Northeastern University – “Collaborate to Innovate: Building Better Civic Collaborations across Institutions”

Michael Johnson, Professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, UMass Boston

Jennifer Lawrence, Executive Director, Sasaki Foundation – “Using Data to Create Effective Community Engagement”

Giordana Mecagni, Head of Special Collections and University Archivist, Northeastern University Libraries – “Boston History as Data: Public Memory and Archival Sources”

Clemens Noelke, Research Director, diversitydatakids.org, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University – “How to use the Child Opportunity Index”

Rebecca Riccio, Khaled and Olfat Juffali Director of the Social Impact Lab, Northeastern University – “Principles of Anti-Oppressive Community Engagement”

Luc Schuster, Director, Boston Indicators at the Boston Foundation – “MBTA Upzoning: The Intersection of Transportation and Housing”

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Location: McLeod Suites 322

An inaugural discussion on the creation of the BARI Student Committee and how it can contribute to BARI activities in the coming years.

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Location: McLeod Suites 318-320

Hosted with: Boston Public Health Commission & Institute for Health, Equity, and Social Justice at Northeastern University

Moderator: Kathryn Hall PhD, MPH, Deputy Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission

Lightning Talks

Danielle Crookes, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences and Sociology, Northeastern University – “Sociopolitical Drivers of Immigrant’s Health in the U.S.”

Dan Dooley, Director, Research and Evaluation Office, Boston Public Health Commission – “BOLTS: Identifying Factors Impacting Racial Differences In SUD Treatment Access”

Adam Haber, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health & Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – “Unequal Housing Conditions And Code Enforcement Contribute To Asthma Disparities In Boston”

Collette Ncube, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Boston University – “A systems science perspective on racial/ethnic disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes”

Tiana Yom, Program Director, Northeastern University Public Evaluation Lab – “Social Connections and Well-Being Among Older Adults Living With HIV (OALWH) during COVID-19 Pandemic”

Panelists

Sarah Jalbert, Executive Director, Institute for Community Health

Keyla Kelly, Program Director for Fields Corner Crossroads Collaborative, Dot House Health

Kareem King, Community Engagement Director, We Got Us

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Location: Ballroom

Hosted with: Harvard Graduate School of Education & Boston Schools Fund

Moderator: Councilor Brian Worrell, City of Boston

Edith Bazile, Black Advocates for Educational Excellence

Claire Carney, Principal, Bradley Elementary School

Ajanee Igharo, President, Boston Student Advisory Council, Boston Public Schools

Lashaunda Watson, Parent, Boston Public Schools

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

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Location: McLeod Suites 318-320

Hosted with: Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University

Moderator: Sam Williams, Concord Prison Outreach

Supt. Eddy Chrispin, Boston Police Department

Sandra McCroom, President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Services of Roxbury

Charlene Luma, Chief, Victim Witness Assistance Program, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

 

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Location: McLeod Suites 322

An interactive session for developing a civic research agenda.

Hosted with: Mass Housing Partnership

Facilitators: Tom Hopper, Director of Research & Analytics

Kim Lucas, Professor of Practice, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Associate Director of Civic Research, Boston Research Initiative, Northeastern University

An interactive session for developing a civic research agenda.

Watch the session here

Location: Ballroom

Hosted with: Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Moderator: Tim Reardon, Data Services Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Vivian Ortiz, Coordinator, Healthy Community Champions (HCC) for Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition

Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief of Streets, City of Boston

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Reception

Join us for more (and more relaxed) conversation!

Venue Location

The conference will occur at the Curry Student Center in the heart of campus just northeast of the Ruggles train station. It is labeled CSC on this campus map. There will be signs for the venue on campus and around the building.

The keynote and one session in each part of the day will be in the Curry Ballroom, which is visible up a short staircase from the open quad at the center of the Student Center.

During each set of parallel sessions, two sessions will occur in the McLeod Suites, which are up a short staircase from the landing in front of the ballroom. Signs and members of the BARI team will be present to guide attendees to these rooms.

COVID-19 Protocols

Event protocols have been designed in accordance with guidance from public health and government authorities. Please visit Northeastern University’s COVID-19 website for more information.

Transportation

We encourage participants to travel to campus by public transit. Northeastern is served by many convenient transit stops, including Ruggles Station (via the Orange Line) and the Northeastern T-stop (via the Green Line), which serve the heart of campus.

Visitors may park in the following facilities:

  • Gainsborough Garage 24/7 (GPG on the campus map; east of the venue)
  • Renaissance Park Garage 24/7 (RPG on the campus map; adjacent to the southside of Ruggles Station)
  • Matthews Pay Lot 24/7 (across from Gainsborough Garage)

All parking is first-come, first-serve. If a facility is full, you may be redirected to another location.

Sponsors

Partners

Conference Committee

The conference committee is essential to the planning, design, and execution of the BARI conference. The committee identifies major themes of interest, evaluates proposals, determines format, and plans panels. It would not happen without them. We thank them for their generosity and effort.

  • Eric Gordon, Professor, Assistant Dean, and Director of the Engagement Lab, Emerson College
  • Nancy Hill, Charles Bigelow Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Director of Research on Education, Boston Area Research Initiative
  • April Inniss, Director of Community Engaged Research, King Boston
  • Ted Landsmark, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University
  • Elizabeth Langdon-Gray, Executive Director, Harvard Data Science Initiative, Harvard University
  • Kimberly Lucas, Professor of the Practice in Public Policy and Economic Justice; Associate Director of Civic Research, Boston Area Research Initiative, Northeastern University
  • Katharine Lusk, Co-Director, Initiative on Cities, Boston University
  • Esteban Moro, Visiting Professor, MIT Connection Science
  • Tim Reardon, Data Services Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Luc Schuster, Director, Boston Indicators at the Boston Foundation
  • Aimee Sprung, Director, Microsoft State Government Affairs

Call to Action

At this conference, we have discussed and debated many of the issues faced by Bostonians. In doing so, we’ve brainstormed, shared, listened, grown our networks, and established new connections to seed future collaboration, paved pathways to implementing meaningful solutions for our communities, and pursued equity. As you depart, we ask you to consider:

  • What is one action you will personally commit to, following your experience today?
  • Tomorrow, who is one person you will personally commit to following up with?

We hope that everyone here today, whether attending in-person or virtually, is excited and energized to support and celebrate civic research partnerships and collaborations. We encourage you to leverage the resources, services, and expertise that BARI, our partners, and the other attendees have brought to the table to seed the necessary change our communities need.