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The 2020 BARI Conference, Reimagined

What does a conference look like in a time when in-person gatherings are impossible, but community and innovative public policy are more important than ever? We’re moving the 2020 BARI Conference online, featuring one panel every Friday throughout the summer.

We’ll be announcing the series in one-month blocks, starting today! Each panel will be presented as a live webcast, which will also be released as a podcast episode the following week. Register for the conference today, and we’ll share the access information by email before each session. Panels will be from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, with an optional BARI Video Happy Hour following each session.

Opening Keynote: The Other Impacts of Corona

Friday, April 24, 3:30 pm

Primary and Secondary Education
Nancy E. Hill, PhD, Charles Bigelow Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Director of Research on Education, Boston Area Research Initiative

Labor Market
Alicia Sasser Modestino, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University; Associate Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Mental Health and Social Services
Rebekah Gewirtz, Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter

Taylor Cain, Director, Housing Innovation Lab, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

Dan O’Brien, PhD, Director, Boston Area Research Initiative; Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University

Week 2: Co-Creation

Friday, May 1, 3:30 pm

“For the Community by the Community: Fostering Local Partnerships to Create Meaningful Forum Discussions,” Emily Hostetler, Boston Museum of Science

“Bus Amenities Allocation Decision-Assistance Tool,” Violet Lingenfelter, Northeastern University

“Youth and City Hall: Using Human-Centered Design to Support Civic Action in Boston Public Schools,” Tia Thomson, Northeastern University

“Empowering Community Based Organizations to Utilize Data for Program Monitoring and Evaluation,” Sarah Goan, University of Southern Maine

Moderator: Eric Gordon, Emerson Engagement Lab


Week 3: Collaboratively Building Climate Resilience

Friday, May 8, 3:30 pm

“Mapping climate change exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity in the metropolitan Boston region,” Caitlin Spense, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

“Wicked Hot Boston: Engaging communities in assessing and building resilience to extreme heat through science-to-civics,” David Sittenfeld, Boston Museum of Science

“Partnering PhD Students with Stakeholders to Tackle Urban Environmental Challenges,” Evan Kuras, Boston University

“Tools and Data Sets for Local Decarbonization Strategies,” Michael Walsh, Cadmus, Boston University

Moderator: Amy Longsworth, Boston Green Ribbon Commission

Week 4: Supporting the Vulnerable Few

Friday, May 15, 3:30 pm

“Typologies of Crime and Disorder at the Property level in Boston, MA,” Alina Ristea, Boston Area Research Initiative

“Patterns of emergency shelter use in Boston, 2018: Identifying different groups of individuals experiencing homelessness,” Eline van Es, Boston Public Health Commission

“Health Behaviors and Health Outcomes of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adults in Boston: Findings from the 2010-2017 Boston Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System,” Darien Mather, Boston Public Health Commission

“Helping families leave shelter with greater stability — How EMPath’s Mobility Mentoring approach meets key recommendations,” Devashri Salvi, Economic Mobility Pathways

Moderator to be announced.

Published On: April 1, 2020 |
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