Connecting through Place: 3-Minute Speed Research Presentation and Brainstorming

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Obermann Center
111 Church Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

The Place-based Inclusion Obermann Working Group was founded in 2015, with the broad mission of understanding local issues of inequality. In particular, we have focused on the growing income and racial/ethnic segregation in Iowa City and Johnson County. We have been exploring how the University of Iowa can and does respond to housing inequality in its backyard.


Our group has organized two university-community events and begun a collaborative research project around these issues. Our first event, in the spring of 2016, "Are U a Good Neighbor?" brought two experts in campus-community partnerships, David C. Perry from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Craig Taylor from the University of Minnesota to Iowa to speak about their research and experience with universities endeavoring to ameliorate local inequality. Last spring, we brought Robin Bachin, the University of Miami's Assistant Provost for Civic and Community Engagement, to meet with local leaders and share her work fostering connections among grassroots organizations, government agencies, and a university's research and teaching in "Scholarship, Service, and Affordable Housing."


This year, we are excited to take the pulse of work currently underway on our campus that directly or indirectly addresses local housing inequality.



On Friday April 20th, 2018, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Obermann Center Library, we are holding "Connecting through Place: 3-Minute Speed Research Presentation and Brainstorming" to build a network of people interested in local housing issues, to learn from each other, and to move toward new collaborations.


If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Megan Gilster (