Urban Update 
The monthly newsletter of the UMass Dartmouth
Urban Initiative
April 2014
Thanks to everyone who joined us on 3/28 for a terrific conversation about MassINC's Gateway Cities Education Vision and how it can be realized in our region's urban centers through policy, programming, and strategic investments.

The event featured two panels: the first discussed programs that are aligned with this vision and being implemented in Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton; the second considered how to bring those efforts to scale through policy, resources, and partnerships. Read more about the conversation in this Standard-Times piece.

So what's next? While MassINC works with Gateway Cities legislators--many of whom joined us for this event--to craft state-level policy, we are eager to work with our university and community partners to implement this vision locally. If you're interested in participating in the next steps of this conversation, please email Colleen at cdawicki@umassd.edu.

SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project
The Gateway Cities Education Vision outlines a number of indicators with which to measure progress in the areas of early education, social/emotional support, career and college readiness, and newcomers.

To help set the context for our regional conversation about these areas, the UI developed a special SCUIP page with data to show how Fall River and New Bedford are performing in those areas right now. Here's the link: http://southcoastindicators.org/education/gateway-cities-education-vision-southcoast/

From the blog
  • Mike McCarthy reflects on the experience of leading a research project--the assessment of SouthCoast Veterans' needs--for the first time in this post. Mike's just-published report is now available on our website.    
  • Katya spent last Saturday in Lawrence to learn about 'new immigration' in Gateway Cities, and came back with information and insight about Latino immigrants in New Bedford. Her data-rich post is here .  
  • While supporting the evaluation of Taunton's HOPE VI project, Bob has been taking photos of the project site over the past three years. Here's  his post on the redevelopment of DeWert Avenue.  
  • Our April project update details the status of projects like the evaluations of HOPE VI and LifeWork, as well as our new partnership with the Center for Education Innovation at Friends Academy.   

What: 'Drug Free NB' hosts a discussion on the prescription drug dilemma
When: Tomorrow! Thursday, 4/10, from 5:30-8p
Where: Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street, New Bedford. Register here.

What: 'Opening the Gates of Opportunity: Realizing the Potential of Gateway Cities in Massachusetts,' a conversation hosted by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
When: Friday, 4/18, 1-5:30p
Where: Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge
Register: Free registration at this link; event will also stream live for those unable to attend in person
What: SouthCoast Fair Housing celebrates Fair Housing Month with a free event/reception to increase awareness about fair housing issues in our region; learn more at www.southcoastfairhousing.org
When: Thursday, 4/24, 6p
Where: YWCA, 20 S. Sixth Street, New Bedford

Want your event listed here? Send us an email with the details before the first of next month and we'll include it here. 


New Bedford Education Foundation Summer Grants - Deadline: 4/25/14      

NBEF offers grants to organizations working to stem summer learning loss among New Bedford youth by providing access to enriching summer programs. Download application by clicking here


Tufts Health Plan Healthy Aging grants - Deadline: 5/9/14 (LOI) 

Funding available for programs that support adults ages 60+ in MA and RI. Learn more, check your eligibility, and apply at this link


 Job opportunities

The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR), multiple opportunities 
TTOR has a number of full-time and seasonal openings in the Southeast Region; they are listed at http://www.thetrustees.org/about-us/employment/current-openings/.
In this issue:
SouthCoast Indicators
From the blog

 About the Urban Initiative:


The UI addresses challenges and opportunities in the region's smaller industrial cities, also known as Gateway Cities, with a particular emphasis on neighboring Fall River and New Bedford.  


In addition to conducting applied research, evaluating programs and policies, facilitating collaborations, and providing technical assistance to cities and organizations therein, the Urban Initiative serves as a knowledge base for urban policy issues in the region.


Perhaps most importantly, our work to support cities supports UMass Dartmouth students. Graduate and undergraduate students enjoy the opportunity to apply their coursework in the field by serving as paid staff and interns. If you are or know of a UMass Dartmouth student who wants to work with the Urban Initiative, get in touch!

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Urban Initiative staff

Project Manager:
Colleen Dawicki

Graduate research assistants:
Robert Golder 
Katya Starostina

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