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Leading Social Justice Collective
The Leading Social Justice Collective (LSJC) is a cross-sectoral leadership development program for individuals engaged in social justice transformation in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), co-hosted by United Way of… Read more
Zahra Ebrahim and Kofi Hope in Toronto Star | How a new business incubator is breaking down barriers in the powerful world of GTA real estate development
Helen Ketema in TVO Online | Meet a group with big plans to build Toronto’s own Somali community centre
Revealing the Invisible: Countering Land Theft to Create Inclusive Cities
As a part of a panel discussion at the 3rd Urban Economy Forum in 2021, Prof. Karen Chapple proposed three ways to address land theft in the face of rising houselessness and displacement by borrowing from the Indigenous ways of knowing to redefine the modern concept of land ownership.
City Visions | Race Brokers: Housing Markets and Segregation in 21st Century Urban America
Elizabeth Korver-Glenn, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico, examines how housing market professionals construct contemporary urban housing markets in ways that contribute to neighbourhood inequality and racial segregation.
City Visions | University City: History, Race, and Community in the Era of the Innovation District
Laura Wolf-Powers, Associate Professor of Urban Policy & Planning at Hunter College (CUNY), examines who benefits and who sacrifices when universities expand into low-income areas – and how planners & policy makers should act to repair historical and recent harm.
The “Other” City | 70 Acres in Chicago
70 Acres in Chicago is a looming reminder of inequality, Cabrini’s high-rises were demolished and an African-American community cleared to make room for another social experiment: mixed-income neighbourhoods.
Knowledge Café | The Changing Stories of Boston’s Chinatown Library Branch
Overdue, Returned, and Missing: The Changing Stories of Boston’s Chinatown Library Branch Public branch libraries are hyperlocal institutions that produce and disseminate local knowledge and play important roles in immigrant… Read more
Knowledge Café | Nurturing Indigenous Community Partnerships
This session is aimed at non-Indigenous people who seek to build relationships and/or community partnerships with Indigenous people for university-related projects. Topics will include how to approach Indigenous people respectfully;… Read more
School of Cities announces projects funded by the Anti-Black Racism/Black Lives and Anti-Indigenous Racism/Indigenous Lives Funding Initiative
The School of Cities is pleased to support thirteen projects as part of the inaugural Anti-Black Racism/Black Lives and Anti-Indigenous Racism/Indigenous Lives Funding Initiative