Dr. Robin Bachin (University of Miami) will discuss the University of Miami’s Affordable Housing Initiative, which links the Schools of Architecture, Law, Business, Education, and Arts and Sciences with community organizations promoting affordable housing. She recognizes that often there is a disconnect between grassroots organizations promoting affordable housing, the people who need that housing, and the government agencies overseeing housing policy.
On Thursday, April 27, Dr. Bachin will discuss how and why universities have a key role to play in fostering connections among those groups, promoting change in the community, and translating local activism into policy.
Dr. Bachin, Assistant Provost for Civic and Community Engagement and Associate Professor of History at the University of Miami, is an accomplished scholar of U.S. urban, cultural, and environmental history. She has developed numerous initiatives that link the University of Miami and its surrounding community. She is project director for the Miami Affordability Project, an online mapping tool for visualizing neighborhood-level data on housing market dynamics, community development and historic preservation. She also directs the Miami Housing Policy Timeline, an online timeline tracing the history of housing policy locally and nationally. Particularly significant to the University of Iowa is Dr. Bachin's leadership of the University of Miami’s Affordable Housing Initiative (described above).
This event is co-sponsored by the Obermann Center (via the Place-Based Inclusion Working Group), the School of Urban and Regional Planning, the School of Social Work, the Office of Outreach and Engagement, and the Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition.