Collaborative of Asian American, Native American, Latino and African American Institutes

April 20, 2017

A Dream imagined: Race, Ethnicity and the Struggle for Boston’s Future

Cover Photo: Höweler + Yoon Architecture © Audi Urban Future Initiative

Photo: Höweler + Yoon Architecture © Audi Urban Future Initiative

UMass Boston’s CANALA Institutes invite you to a day-long conference of leaders and advocates from Greater Boston’s diverse communities of color. We will explore ways for communities and organizations to enhance their individual and collective capacities through collaboration.

How and in what areas can collaboration across racial and ethnic lines address more effectively persistent problems of inequality and neglect? How can we strategize and organize to realize a vision where resources, opportunities, and power are shared more equitably?

There will be panels, breakout sessions, networking, and chances to reflect on current data about Boston’s evolving sociodemographic landscape and on plans to move forward.


8:30 — Registration, breakfast & networking
9:00 — Welcome — Institute Directors
— About CANALA
— Summary of socioeconomic and demographic data by Phil Granberry, Trevor Mattos and Cedric Woods
9:45 — Panel on housing, land use and transportation
11:00 — Break
11:15 — Panel on civil, economic and immigrant rights
12:30 — Lunch & networking
1:30 — Breakout sessions
3:00 — Break
3:15 — Reporting & next steps

Panel on housing, land use and transportation

James Jennings (Tufts University), Juan Leyton (Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative), Lydia Lowe (Chinese Progressive Association) and Raquel Halsey (North American Indian Center of Boston).

Panel on civil, economic and immigrant rights

Allentza Michel (Fairmount Indigo Network), Cairo Mendes (Student Immigrant Movement), Frank Ramirez (East Boston Ecumenical Community Center) and Lissette Le (Mass Voter Table)

Breakout sessions

Charles Desmond (Inversant), Natalicia Tracy (Brazilian Workers Center), Chioma Nnaji (Multicultural AIDS Coalition), Kathleen Bitetti (Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition), Bridgette Wallace (SkyLab Boston), Yvette Modestin (Encuentro Diaspora Afro), Jackie Lageson, Michael Liu, Lorna Rivera, Liliana Mickle, Barbara Lewis, Ken Cooper and Robyn Hannigan (UMass Boston)

Saturday, May 20, 2017
UMass Boston Campus Center
100 Morrissey Boulevard, Ballroom A, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02125

Initiative funded by the UMass Boston Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives, and sponsored by Eastern Bank.

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