Racial Justice and Equity

Urban Studies Programs at UWM has long been, and remains, firmly committed to racial justice and equity in all our programs, curricula, teaching, research, and the wider societal public policy changes we strongly advocate for. Below we have compiled some useful links and information. A working group of faculty and students was recently convened to further examine and discuss additional efforts that can be developed to further racial justice and equity in Urban Studies, at UWM, and across Milwaukee and beyond.

Research Studies and Projects

Recent studies from our affiliated research center: The Center for Economic Development

The State of Black Milwaukee by Marc Levine

Metro-wide Racial Disparities

Covid-19 and Racial Disparities

Transit and Racial Divides in Access to Jobs

See other CED studies:

Action Research on Mass Incarceration from USP-affiliated faculty and other scholars, professionals, and community members

Research/Projects on Environmental Justice

Milwaukee Neighborhood/Community-Led Action Research and Community Engagement Projects

Speakers, Summits, and Workshops

Speakers, Colloquia, and Roundtables

“Mapping Racism and Resistance in Milwaukee County: Struggles Over Racism and Real Estate in the Urban North,”
USP faculty affiliates, Associate Professor Anne Bonds and Assistant Professor Derek Handley, Nov. 4, 2021, 4pm

USP faculty affiliate, Assoc. Prof. Anne Bonds – Rethinking White Supremacy in Precarious Times (Havens Wright Center)

  • “Unsettling White Supremacy: Questions of Gender, Reproduction, and Privatized Mutuality”
    Tuesday, March 9, 12:30pm CT (recording of talk available at link below)
  • “Possessive Whiteness: Racism, Property, and Power and the Making of Milwaukee, Wisconsin”Wednesday, March 10, 12:30pm. Recording of talk

“UN-PLANNING CITIES: Reparative Design and Atonement in the Built Environment,” the 2021 Charles Causier Memorial Lecture, Dr. Destiny Thomas, Founder and CEO of Thrivance Group, March 5. Recording of talk.

Urban Studies State of Milwaukee Summits:

Incorporating equity in planning

During the final Social Equity Taskforce meeting, the American Planning Association (APA) videotaped task force members sharing their perspectives related to equity in the planning profession. Here is the link to the  presentation of those video segments (including USP faculty affiliate, Assoc. Professor Kirk Harris).

Undergraduate and Graduate Racial Justice

Racial Justice Community Projects

Master’s student and Racial Justice Community Project grantee, Nateya Taylor documented different community members’ work on a variety of wellness initiatives