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Urban Practice Community Partners 2017

Community Partners for the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice, 2016-2017

Below is a list of community partners that are willing to host a fellow in summer 2017. Please select the community partner that interests you most and tailor your research statement as if you were applying directly to that organization. Your statement should demonstrate that you have researched the organization, and that your skill-set and willingness to commit to the project aligns with the organization’s work and mission, as well as any additional description included below.  NOTE: You should not contact the community partner directly.


Madrid, Spain

SEDOAC – SEDOAC (Servicio Doméstico Activo) is a cooperative organization of domestic workers in Madrid.  Most members are immigrant women from Latin America.  SEDOAC advocates for the rights and protections of this population, which faces precarious living and working conditions, racism, and political invisibility.  Fellows will work with SEDOAC to build its campaigns on behalf of Spain's domestic workers and may support the organization through the following projects: web site development and training, translation (Spanish-English) and report writing, interviews with members to help build an archive, and outreach within Madrid and to other domestic workers' organizations worldwide.

Paisaje Transversal – Paisaje Transversal works to strengthen community participation in urban planning and land use decisions.  Much of its work focuses on neighborhood regeneration and design for public space; the approach to all projects is multidisciplinary and may include legal, geographic, environmental, and design perspectives simultaneously.  Fellows will work with the organization on a participatory design project TBD by summer 2017.

MediaLab Prado – MediaLab Prado supports interdisciplinary teams working on a variety of methods for promoting democratic participation.  These include community mapping projects, environmental justice activism, technological innovation, and exhibit-making.  MediaLab Prado focuses on digital media and design.  Fellows should have some background in these areas.  The social justice theme on which the Fellow will work in summer 2017 is TBD.  


Kolkata, India

Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC) – DMSC or The Durbar is a collectivization of 65,000 sex workers and functions as an exclusive forum of female, male and transgender sex workers in West Bengal, India. (The word "Durbar" in Bengali word means unbeatable or unstoppable.)  It is active in identifying and challenging the underlying socio-structural factors that help perpetuate stigma, material deprivation, and the social exclusion of sex-workers. DMSC runs different programs aimed at socio-economic and political empowerment of the sex workers and their children. Fellows will participate in and provide research assistance for Durbar's empowerment programs in Health Care, Education, Anti-Trafficking and Microcredit.


New York, New York

WHEDco -- The Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) is a non-profit community development organization in the Bronx, NY founded on the radically simple idea that all people deserve healthy, vibrant communities. We build award-winning, sustainable, affordable homes – but our work is not over when our buildings are complete. WHEDco believes that to be successful, affordable housing must be anchored in strong communities that residents can be proud of. WHEDco’s mission is to give the South Bronx access to all the resources that create thriving neighborhoods – from high-quality early education and after-school programs, to fresh, healthy food, cultural programming, and economic opportunity. In summer 2017, our fellow will conduct research in our Southern Boulevard neighborhood, informing a neighborhood plan by identifying community needs, particularly as large-sclae construction projects disrupt residents' daily activities and livelihoods.

Southside United HDFC (Los Sures) – Southside United H.D.F.C., better known as "Los Sures," is a community-based, non-profit organization that has served as an integral part in rebuilding the South Side of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1972. Los Sures has undertaken large-scale rehabilitation of many buildings, allowing families and individuals to live comfortably and creating a safe and sustainable neighborhood. Additionally, the organization provides a multitude of much-needed services, including a senior center and a food pantry. Fellows will assist the staff at Los Sures in both quantitatively and qualitatively researching the impact of displacement and gentrification on the rapidly changing community.

Bronx Music Heritage Center – The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) celebrates the rich history and creative spirit that defines Bronx music, from jazz, salsa, R&B and hip hop to new sounds coming to life across the borough. Founded by the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco), the BMHC is committed to preserving and promoting Bronx music, cultivating Bronx artists, spurring neighborhood revival, and providing free cultural programs for the community. Our fellow would conduct fieldwork in new and emerging communities in the Bronx to collect interviews and oral histories from musicians and other community members who are involved in cultural programming and traditions. The BMHC's mission is to present the music and art that reflect the Bronx's entirety, so in-depth fieldwork documenting the newly settled groups including Albanian, Yemeni, and Bangladeshi communities is strongly preferred.

City Lore – Founded in 1986, City Lore’s mission is to foster New York City – and America’s – living cultural heritage through education and public programs. We document, present, and advocate for New York City’s grassroots cultures to ensure their living legacy in stories and histories, places and traditions. We see ourselves as furthering cultural equity and modeling a better world with projects as dynamic and diverse as New York City itself. In summer 2017, our fellow will conduct a cultural resources assessment, as well as surveys and interviews to help us document the casitas of the Bronx.

Right To The City (RTTC) RTTC is a national alliance of racial, economic and environmental justice organizations headquartered in Brooklyn.  RTTC emerged in 2007 as a unified response to gentrification and a call to halt the displacement of low-income people, people of color, marginalized LGBTQ communities, and youths of color from their historic urban neighborhoods.RTTC seeks to create regional and national impacts in the fields of housing, human rights, urban land, community development, civic engagement, criminal justice, environmental justice, and more.  Fellows will collaborate with RTTC staff to conduct research on the history and impact of "mixed-income" housing and zoning strategies.  The research may consist of expert-interviews, literature review, primary and secondary data analysis, as well as community-based research.  The product of the research will be in the form of a web resource for housing advocates and activists.


Oakland, California

Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV)  – ANV is a 1/4 acre farm located in the city of Oakland's Tassafaronga Park. This low-income, Black and Latino neighborhood faces environmental denigration, food insecurity, and major economic divestment, while its residents struggle to preserve their health and well-being. By working with youth ages 5-13 from the Elmhurst neighborhood and training participants to to plan, plant, harvest, and sell what they grow on the farm, ANV elevates life in the neighborhood and challenges the oppressive dynamics and environments that have long shaped it. ANV's premier, year-round program, Camp ANV, provides a safe, green, healthy, and active space for youth to learn about sustainable agriculture. In summer 2017,we seek a fellow who will join the Camp ANV summer staff either as a camp counselor or in a specialist position (i.e Art Teacher, Cook, etc), as well as undertake a research project that involves designing a survey tool to evaluate the summer camp program and its impact on the participating youth and families. This survey will address topics of family eating habits, health and wellness, financial capability, and nutrition. The fellow should have some experience working with children and be comfortable working mostly outside. (Women and people of color are highly encouraged to apply).


Chicago, Illinois

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) – PRCC is an activist-oriented, community-based organization in the Humboldt Park area. Founded in 1973, the PRCC has grown to house numerous programs and projects, including, among others, an HIV and STD education and prevention center, a bilingual-bicultural daycare, an alternative high school, a young women’s literacy program, a community library and information center, an obesity prevention program. With the Puerto Rican Agenda, a coalition of key stakeholders, the PRCC has actively fought to preserve Humboldt Park’s longstanding, working-class Puerto Rican community. Fellows will collaborate with PRCC activists on the Anti-Gentrification Taskforce of the Puerto Rican Agenda and conduct mixed-methods research on race and housing discrimination.