Professional Development


The Community Development Society
the Heartland Center for Leadership Development
Urban Revitalization: Community Empowerment, Measuring Neighborhood Distress and Public Housing


The Community Development Society (CDS), in collaboration with the Heartland Center for Leadership Development and the Community Change Network, is offering the 2013 Professional Development Webinar Series "Urban Revitalization: Community Empowerment, Measuring Neighborhood Distress and Public Housing"

Webinar No. 1:  Wednesday January 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Central)

Private Foundations and Community Development: Differing Approaches to Community Empowerment

Maria Martinez-Cosio, University of Texas, Arlington

Comprehensive community change through focused, place-based is gaining traction among private foundations and public partners frustrated with the lack of systemic change in poor neighborhoods. As they work to engage low-income residents, private foundations often describe their work as "bottom-up" participation. However, "bottom-up" approaches to empowering communities vary in their strategies, implementation and outcomes. We use an "outcome-based" and a "process-based" approach to explain the tension of two private foundations engaged in revitalizing two Southern California neighborhoods. Our findings suggest that the variation between approaches to community engagement is centered in the response of strategies to the political, organizational, programmatic, political, and cultural context of communities, as well as the foundation's mission and values.

Maria Martinez-Cosio is an Associate Professor at the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Arlington. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC San Diego. Her research interests include private foundations' role in community development, civic participation by immigrants in urban redevelopment, Latino parent involvement in urban education, and qualitative research methods. Dr. Cosio recently completed an NSF-funded project with two colleagues from UT Arlington on the role of schools in the adjustment of children relocated to the Dallas-Forth Worth area as a result of Hurricane Katrina. She has published articles in Education and Urban Society, the Journal of Civil Society, Journal of Leadership Studies, and Population Research and Policy Review.

She serves as the chair of UT Arlington's Institutional Review Board (IRB) and is also the advisor for the Ph.D. program in Urban and Public Administration.


Webinar No. 2:  Wednesday February 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Central)

Measuring Neighborhood Distress: A Tool for Place-Based Urban Revitalization Strategies

James Jennings, Tufts University

The United States federal administration's recent Promise Neighborhood and Choice Neighborhood initiatives are part of increasing calls for place- based strategies in the delivery of education and human services in inner cities.  Within this new policy context, measures of community-level inequality emerge as a key tool for identifying places which manifest relatively high levels of social and economic distress.  Measuring and spatially showing levels of neighborhood social and economic distress can enhance our understandings of the needs associated with low-income communities and facilitate civic engagement in the development of neighborhood-based responses.  A 'neighborhood distress score' can be generated and used to target services into urban areas but can also encourage greater resident civic participation.  In Boston, Massachusetts, the author generated a neighborhood distress score based on variables identified in the literature and input from community and civic leaders.

Dr. James Jennings is Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning at Tufts University.  He teaches graduate courses in the areas of community development, and social policy.   He has published a number of books and journal articles on a range of urban issues associated with Black and Latino neighborhoods.   Two recent anthologies, Urban Spaces: Planning and Struggles for Land and Community (Rowman and Littlefield), and Race, Neighborhoods, and the Misuse of Social Capital (Palgrave MacMillan) explore ongoing grassroots activism over control and definition of land and space in inner cities.


Webinar No. 3:  Wednesday March 13,

12:00-1:00 p.m. (Central)

Political and Social Incorporation of Public Housing Residents: Challenges in HOPE IV Community Development

Joanna Lucio, Arizona State University

The purpose of this webinar is to examine the HOPE VI implementation process for two developments in the Southwest and explore the impact of the process on the rights of dispersed residents.  Drawing on the concept, "right to the city," the paper describes the participation of residents and their right to appropriate space and the role of Community and Supportive Services (CSS) in facilitating those rights. As a measure of residents' right to participation, the paper examines whether residents played a significant role during the redevelopment phases.  Next, the paper looks at residents' potential for place making.  The paper finds that residents' right to participation and place making were not inherent in HOPE VI implementation, but finds that CSS could enhance both rights in future programs.


ALL WEBINARS will be conducted on Wednesday's from 12:00 noon. to 1:00 p.m. (Central)
Registration for non-CDS members is $69.99/webinar or all 3 for $189.00 (a 10% savings);  or join CDS to qualify for member rate savings!*

Student Registration - $10.00/webinar, or register for all 3 for $24.99.

* CDS Member Rates are - $34.99 /webinar or $94.98 for all 3 in the series (a 10% savings).

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