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Just Cities Forums (The Myra Kraft Open Classroom)

Just Cities Forums 2018

Opening Introduction by Ted Landsmark, Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University

Last year, the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy within Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA) initiated its Just Cities Forums to increase a regional policy-making dialogue. The theme for the 2018 forums is Addressing Racial and Economic Inequalities in Greater Boston – Transportation. The forum was hosted on Friday morning, October 19th, 2018. According to Dr. Ted Landsmark, Director of the Dukakis Center, this year’s forum achieved its key goal to engage researchers, policy-makers and the public in discussions of how social equity values can be implemented to address pressing urban and regional issues.  More than a hundred attendees from diverse disciplines participated in the forum, including speakers, students, faculties, policymakers, advocates, and the public from the Great Boston Area.

Left: Mary Skelton Roberts, Barr Foundation; Right: Gov. Michael Dukakis, Northeastern University

Professor Landsmark and Professor Jennie Stephens, the Director of SPPUA at CSSH, opened the forum and were followed by speakers in three panels: Setting an Agenda for Transportation Equity; Data, Justice, and Community Impacts; and Bringing Justice Home. The speakers included both faculty and students from the CSSH, the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University. Their topics addressed inequity in public transportation and discussed data solutions to better analyze transportation networks. The event livestream is available to watch @YouTube.

Supported by members of the Northeastern University, CSSH, and SPPUA, the Just Cities Forums have been incorporated into the Myra Kraft Open Classroom, combining presentations and breakout conversation opportunities to discuss issues of equity flows from Boston’s emphasis on racial equity in addressing urban resilience.

Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Council, Congresswoman-elect

The Just Cities Forums serve as a corollary to the 2019 Spring semester Myra Kraft Open Classroom weekly sessions that are held every Wednesday focusing on equity in the Greater Boston Region. Open to the general public and students, the topics for the Spring 2019 Myra Kraft Open Classroom focus on Social Equity in a Just City: Race and Inequality. Please visit their website for more information on topics including economic equity, ending the criminalization of youth of color, using data to address race and resiliency, and more.


The Kraft Spring 2019 session highlight and livestream:

Jan. 23 Urban Resiliency and Race. Dr. S. Atyia Martin, CEO and Founder – All Access Inc.; Distinguished Senior Fellow – Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University.
-George Williams, Director of Initiatives & Partnerships – Mayor’s Office of Resilience & Equity.
Feb. 13 Race and Resilience in the Public Education System. Laura Perille, Interim Superintendent – Boston Public Schools.
Feb. 20 Crunching the Numbers on Equity – Using Data to Advance Racial and Gender Diversity in Organizations. Ivette Tapia, Director of Evaluation & Research – YW Boston.
Alisa Lincoln, Director – Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research -Northeastern University.
Laurie Dopkins, Executive Director – Northeastern University’s Public Evaluation Lab.
Su Joun, Principal and Owner – Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group.
Michael Gaskins, Diversity Recruitment Officer & Exam Administrator – Boston Police Department.
-Greg Sobczynski, Office of Diversity and Civil Rights – Massachusetts DOT.
Bernard Guinyard, Director of Diversity & Inclusion – Goodwin Procter LLP.
March 20 Ending Criminalization of Youth of Color. Kemarah Sika, Vice President of Programs – Boston YW.
Janelle Ridley, District Coordinator for System-Involved Youth – Boston Public Schools.
Adiel Pollydore, Communications Director – I Have a Future.
True-See Allah, Assistant Deputy Superintendent – Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.
Susan Maze-Rothstein, Teaching Professor – Northeastern University School of Law.
April 10 Boston’s Urban Mechanics – Applying Data to Address Race & Resiliency. Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.

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

From Left to Right: Amy Laura Cahn, Conservation Law Foundation; Peter Furth, Northeastern University; Joan Fitzgerald, Northeastern University; Angela Johnson-Rodriguez ’13, Transportation for Massachusetts