Founding COC Principal Elaine Cogan received rave reviews for a recent workshop on public speaking she conducted for the Center for Women, Politics and Policy at Portland State’s Hatfield School of Government. Forty women from around the state attended the weeklong conference focused on helping them meet the challenges in their communities. Many of them said this National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership Oregon 2013 was a life-changing experience. In Elaine’s three-hour workshop, she emphasized the tools they can use to express themselves more effectively in a variety of circumstances.2013, Hatfiel School of Government, National Education for Women, NEW Leadership Oregon, Policy, Politics, Portland State University, Public Speaking, Women, Workshop
So excited to see the new Not in Cully: Anti-Displacement Strategies for the Cully Neighborhood released. This is great work by a team of graduate students at PSU. Among a great group of peers, former COC graduate intern Cary Watters helped research and prepare this important work. Please read on, check out the report and learn more about what we can all do to better understand gentification and avoid displacement.
From the leadership at Verde NW:
Just a month ago, a team of Masters in Urban & Regional Planning students from Portland State University released Not In Cully: Anti-Displacement Strategies for the Cully Neighborhood. The students (Ricardo Bañuelos, Brooke Jordan, Rebecca Kennedy, Danell Norby, Erik Olson, Cary Watters) worked with Verde, Native American Youth & Family Center, Hacienda CDC, and many other Cully stakeholders to develop a set of strategies for preventing the displacement of low-income Cully residents as new investment comes in to the neighborhood. Please click here to read the Student’s Report, please click here to read the Report’s Background Documents (e.g., Demographic Profile, Economic Profile, Research and Case Study Bibliography, &c).
The Not In Cully campaign is a part of Living Cully: A Cully Ecodistrict, a long-term, collaborative effort by Verde, NAYA and Hacienda CDC to drive environmental investments into the Cully Neighborhood in response to existing community needs. Time after time, public and private institutions have made investments in Portland’s low-income and people of color neighborhoods. Time after time, these investments did not meaningfully benefit existing residents; instead, new residents enjoyed the results: safer and better lit streets, thriving small businesses, lightrail connections, bike lanes, parks and greenspaces.
I was honored to be able to assist Anita Yap with a Safe Access to Cully Park study recently and had a great conversation with PSU researches regarding engagement strategies for this initiative. Kudos, Cary and Team!Tags:Best Practices, community engagement, displacement, diversity, Gentrification, Portland State University, Sustainability
COC Climate Economy graduate intern Derek Dauphin was recently featured in the Portland State University (PSU) Vanguard newspaper for work he and a group of fellow graduate students are doing to improve access to affordable transportation at PSU. TriMet is set to increase fares and eliminate the Free Rail Zone at the same time that PSU’s subsidy for the current student transit pass is being redirected to parking structure maintenance. This will lead to much more expensive transportation costs for students.
The group was awarded a Solutions Generator Grant from the Institute for Sustainable Solutions in February, and has since worked with TriMet, PSU administration, and student groups to develop a new transportation program. They also are establishing a student transportation committee that will redefine how the university addresses this vital component of life at PSU. With the student senate picking up the project, further funding is being sought to ensure the success of the program. Read the article here.Tags:grant, Portland State University, Transportation
Associate Ellen Wyoming was invited to speak at Portland State University (PSU) twice this fall. First, she was asked to present to visiting scholars and planning professionals in the Atlantis Workshop. Participants of the Atlantis Workshop visited PSU from October 24 – 27, 2011 on a grant to learn more about equity and social justice in planning and community development. These scholars and academics came from Germany, England, China, and other universities in the United States. Ellen presented to the visitors on the impact and implications of her graduate work as an Urban and Regional Planning graduate student at PSU with the Portland Mercado project. The group was very interested in the public involvement measures taken to work directly with the Latino Community, the model for economic development, and the on-going support that the project has garnered today. Hacienda Community Development Corporation hosted the presentation at their offices in the Cully neighborhood and Micro Mercantes tamale vendors catered the lunch. Many people sampled tamales for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed them.
The following week Ellen guest lectured with former graduate student and colleague Abigail Cermak (currently with Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services) for PSU’s graduate Public Involvement in Planning class. They were asked to focus on best practices in public involvement with diverse communities. Ellen and Abigail presented a framework of their personal experiences with their work in the Latino community and made recommendations for approaches working in other diverse communities. The overall emphasis to the students was that as a planner you do not walk into a community as the “expert” but instead an ally. This is the framework from which to start all public involvement work. At Cogan Owens Cogan, Ellen looks forward to continuing to work with clients on developing frameworks for their own best practice public involvement efforts with diverse communities. Each city, community and place is different, but there are key fundamental approaches toward ensuring successful outcomes in terms of effective and adequate participation and outreach.Tags:Latino community, Outreach, Planning, Portland State University, Public Involvement