Newsletter -
December 2014
Best of Luck Colleen

It is with great pride and some sadness that we announce that Colleen Dawicki, the PPC's Director of Urban & Community Development, will be leaving us to become the Senior Community Development Analyst with the Regional and Community Outreach team at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In her new position, Colleen will be supporting the implementation and future development of the  Working Cities Challenge, an initiative designed to improve the lives of low-income residents of smaller cities in Massachusetts and New England through the advancement of collaborative leadership. 


In recent years, Colleen led the way as the Urban Initiative (UI) became the Commonwealth's go-to organization for community-based research and technical assistance related to Massachusetts' Gateway Cities, with a special focus on Fall River and New Bedford. Since assuming leadership in 2011, Colleen has spearheaded the development of the  Southcoast Urban Indicators Project (SCUIP), which promotes informed decision-making through a user friendly website containing timely and relevant data and resources on a wide variety of topics.  She has also shaped the PPC's urban and community development research agenda which has included in-depth reports on topics such as education, public transit, housing, veterans affairs, and economic development. Throughout her time at UMass Dartmouth, Colleen's efforts have been aimed at helping local organizations build capacity and empowering community members to become actively engaged in improving outcomes for themselves, their neighbors, and their communities.

But Colleen's most lasting achievement may be the cadre of past and current graduate students, undergraduate research assistants, and high school interns all of whom benefited greatly from her collegiality and mentorship while gaining valuable real-world experience working on various projects. Whether it was traipsing up and down Acushnet Avenue conducting surveys in the rain, meeting with clients, presenting results at various forums, or morning chats at our 128 Chase Road offices, her insight, leadership, and good humor were always present.  She will be sorely missed by her colleagues and our students.


And so we bid Colleen farewell and wish her the greatest success in her exciting new role.  We remain committed to continuing the great work that she started and look forward to future opportunities to work with you to help continue the wonderful tradition of excellent urban and community development work that she has been such an important part of creating.


PPC in the news
  • 11/21/14: PPC Executive Director Mike Goodman discusses the likely regional labor market impacts of President Obama's recent Executive Order with Boston NPR affiliate, WBUR.
  • 11/19/14: Goodman's recent speech before the members of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board is covered by Banker and Tradesman.
  • 12/12/14: The Herald News reports on the Public Policy Center's technical assistance efforts with the Fall River Public Schools.

From the blog
  • Mike McCarthy provides an update on the Acushnet Avenue study in a blog post this month.
  • Jason Wright, who is analyzing the arguments around minimum wage for his Microeconomics course, summarized his findings in this post.

Grant opportunities

Rauschenberg Foundation to fund cross-disciplinary projects to address climate change - deadline: 12/22 (LOI)
Grants available for nonprofits developing collaborative projects that engage leaders and communities in efforts to address climate change; special consideration for projects integrating arts and culture. More information and RFP here.

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers mini-grants for schools and libraries - deadline: 3/15/15
Grants of up to $500 available for public schools and libraries to develop extracurricular projects. Details here.

Job opportunities

Multiple opportunities, People Incorporated, Fall River
Fall River's People Incorporated has a number of opportunities available for those interested in supporting their mission to address the education and health needs of youth and adults in the region. All postings can be viewed here

Director of Operations & Finance, Alma del Mar Charter School, New Bedford

"The Director of Operations and Finance is responsible for ensuring that our school team has the resources and support that it needs to be successful in providing our scholars with the best education possible." Areas of responsibility include budgeting, management, school operations, facilities, student data, technology, and communications. More information here.    

Hiring? Let us know and we'll spread the word.


The Public Policy Center (PPC) is UMass Dartmouth's applied social science research, technical assistance, and public service unit. The PPC's primary goal is to inform public policy discussions by providing policymakers with university quality research, technical assistance, and analytical services designed to help make our state, region, and communities better places to live, work, and do business. We do this by leveraging the substantial skills of our students and faculty partners, and enhancing the connections between the University and the communities it serves.


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Executive Director
Michael Goodman, Ph.D.
Director of Research & Administration
David Borges, MPA
Director of Urban & Community Development
Colleen Dawicki, MPP
Assistant to Director
Nancy Trudel
Graduate research assistants:

Michael P. McCarthy
Trevor Mattos
Jason Wright

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