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Urban Practice Community Partners 2018

Community Partners for the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice, 2017-2018 

Below is a list of community partners that are willing to host a fellow in summer 2018. 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 2018.

Imagina Madrid – Imagina Madrid is a program promoted by the Madrid City Council's Department of Culture.  It is committed to exploring new forms of intervention in public space that are inspired by innovative cultural production, environmental sustainability and social urbanism. Through collective and imaginative processes that include ordinary Madrilenos and artists, Imagina Madrid aims to transform the city’s public space in a way that is meaningful to all of the city's inhabitants.  Currently, Imagina is working on the recovery of nine abandoned or disused spaces. Fellows will carry out direct practice on concrete projects, putting into action not only their academic skills, but also developing their competences in teamwork, conflict resolution, communication with different stakeholders, and collective creativity.


New York, New York

African Communities Together – African Communities Together is an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for our families here in the U.S. and back in Africa. ACT empowers African immigrants to integrate socially, get ahead economically, and engage civically. We connect African immigrants to critical services, help Africans develop as leaders, and organize our communities on the issues that matter. We are seeking a fellow to work on a project about the history of our members and African immigrant communities in New York, particularly in Harlem. The project will involve a range of methods, potentially including historical research, oral history, demographic data, and participatory research/popular education. Fluency in French or African languages and experience with West African cultures is a plus.

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 2018, our fellow will assist with an updated community needs assessment in our Southern Boulevard neighborhood, particularly as New York's Department of City Planning conducts its own neighborhood study of the area, potentially readying for a massive rezoning. 

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.

The Loisaida Center – The Loisaida Center addresses the serious economic and social disenfranchisement of poor and low income Latino residents with employment and training opportunities, comprehensive youth development initiatives, and neighborhood revitalization activities that positively highlight the rich culture, heritage, and contribution of the Puerto Rican and Latin American community in this City.  The Center also offers programming that meets the demands of the times and the neighborhood’s changing demographic, celebrating the urban surroundings, grassroots invention and immigrant spirit of the Loisaida neighborhood in its dedication to celebrate Latino cultural vitality and their contributions to NYC. For summer 2018, the Urban Practice Fellow will undertake a project that advocates for a more just and holistic vision of culture in response to New York City's first-ever, and contentious, 10-year Cultural Plan, which has been proposed by Department of Cultural Affairs and is slated to become law in July of 2018 by the city council. Loisaida stands firm in its convictions that culture must be used as resource to affirm the Latino/a/x contributions to the City and operates under these convictions. This project should consider the consequences of immaterial and material investment in the community ecology of Loisaida through arts and cultural placemaking, placekeeping, resistance, and development and provide a critical alternative to the transactional default of cultural funding.


Oakland, California

The East Bay Alliance (EBASE) – The East Bay Alliance (EBASE) has an 18-year track record of advancing economic, racial and social justice by building a just economy in the East Bay based on good jobs and healthy communities. We address the root causes of economic injustice by developing strategic alliances among community members, people of faith, and workers to build power and create change with low-income workers and communities of color. The East Bay is experiencing a development boom, largely driven by the tech economy spilling over from San Francisco, that is driving up housing prices, generating low wage jobs and displacing low income communities of color We are seeking a fellow to collaborate with EBASE campaign staff to conduct research that examines how investments related to the tech economy are coming into the East Bay and to document how these are investments are affecting job growth, housing prices and development. This research may include interviews with industry experts and public officials, participatory research with affected residents and workers (i.e. focus groups, surveys, interviews), and market analysis. The fellow will also participate in UC Berkeley’s Labor Summer program, which provides additional training at the beginning of the summer, support for students in learning about labor issues, and a graduation at the end of the summer.


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. The organization has expressed a longstanding commitment to Puerto Rican self-determination and barrio autonomy. The PRCC is launching a multi-year history project. A major part of this project will involve the formation of a digital and print community archive and the collection of oral history interviews with community members, activists, and allies. 

Centro Autonomo de Albany Park – The Centro Autonomo de Albany Park is located in Albany Park, Chicago, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country. The Centro opened its doors in September of 2006 to create a space that constructs community, builds political consciousness, and unites people in and around the Latinx immigrant struggle. Through decisions made in asambleas the Centro Autonomo has initiated many programs, including ESOL, cooperatives, youth art programs, women’s groups, and, currently, anti-eviction activism. The Centro is currently organizing a community land trust initiative.