UO sponsors and participates in Neighborhoods, USA Conference

The University of Oregon is a sponsor of the 2014 Neighborhoods, USA Conference in Eugene, Oregon. NUSA’s 39th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns, titled “Growing Community – Hand in Hand,” highlights what Eugene is all about – a growing and vibrant downtown, active neighborhood groups on the move to reduce carbon footprints and be green, and a city that cares about human rights for all.

Conference participants will be welcomed to Eugene at a reception at the UO’s Ford Alumni Center, at which School of Architecture and Allied Arts Dean Frances Bronet will provide welcoming remarks. Participants will be offered tours of UO facilities. In addition, 14 UO presenters will present in 8 of the conference’s 50 workshops:

  • Krista Dillon from Emergency Management will join a panel titled, “Innovations in Disaster Preparedness: Building Community Strengths.”
  • Director of the Labor Education and Research Center Bob Bussel and Public Policy, Planning, and Management Professor Gerardo Sandoval will participate in a panel titled, “Welcoming Immigrants: The Integration Network for Immigrants in Lane County.”
  • Shelley Bowerman, Lauren Bilbao, and Jenny Wunder of the UO Urban Farm will serve on a panel titled, “Giant Gardens or Small Urban Farms? Options for Building Community and Improving Access to Good Food.”
  • Joel Grogan, a UO graduate student studying landscape architecture, will present on a panel titled, “Stewards of the Urban forest: Friends of Trees, Jefferson Westside Neighbors, and the City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Division.”
  • Professor and director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative Marc Schlossberg will serve on a panel titled, “Connecting to Higher Quality of Life.”
  • Schlossberg will join Community Service Center co-directors Robert Parker and Megan Smith and Community Planning Workshop director Bethany Steiner on a panel titled, “Bridging the Gap: Universities as a Technical Resource.”
  • Assistant director of government and community relations/neighborhood liaison Karen Hyatt will join a panel titled, “Maintaining Neighborhood Livability in University Neighborhoods.”
  • Caitlan Hendrickson and Tom Ross from Conflict and Resolutions Services in the Office of the Dean of Students will present on a panel titled “Restorative Justice Community Circles – Reintegrating party Hosts into Respectful Community.”

For more information about Neighborhoods, USA and the conference visit the Neighborhoods, USA website.