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
- The department of African and African Diaspora Studies present a webinar and Q&A with Dr. Marc Levine on Friday, October 23 @ 12:30pm (CST).
Metro-wide Racial Disparities
- The Center for Economic Development has released a new study authored by Professor Emeritus of History, Urban Studies, and Economic Development, Marc Levine on racial disparities in Milwaukee and the nation’s largest metro areas.
Covid-19 and Racial Disparities
- New UWM Center for Economic Development report on Milwaukee’s racial divide and the impact of Covid 19 just released
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
- Climates of Inequality: Environmental Justice Lab, (USP affiliate Prof. Arijit Sen and students/community members)
Milwaukee Neighborhood/Community-Led Action Research and Community Engagement Projects
- BLC Field School—Picturing Milwaukee (a participatory, action-research project led by USP affiliate Prof. Arijit Sen that explores the history and heritage of local neighborhoods. http://thefieldschool.weebly.com/
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:
- A Frank Conversation about Race
- Immigration and the City in the Trump Era
- Far from the American Dream: Milwaukee’s Fair and Affordable Housing Crisis
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