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The Urban Studies and Community Development program offers workshops on contemporary issues in the field. Undergraduate and graduates students can take these for credit, and we also welcome community members who are interested in a number of our specialty experiences.

Fall 2018 workshops

URBAN 494- CIVIC DESIGNS
Making Public Space Beautiful: Urban design is what makes cities beautiful, livable, and unique.  Come learn about design principles to activate public space and how public space reflects our community values. This applied class focusses on architecture, landscape architecture, and historic preservation as well as how policies encourage and discourage authentic, innovative, and sustainable design.
Saturday/ Sunday, 09/22/18-09/23/18
Cross-listed with ENVSTD, HIST, HONORS, SOC

URBAN 494- POLICY ADVOCACY
This workshop focuses on building the skills necessary to advocate for (or against) policy change, with an emphasis on the different kinds of advocacy professionals and the many different ways those professionals engage the policy system.
Saturday/ Sunday, 09/29/18-09/30/18
Cross-listed with CJ, POLS, SPS

URBAN 494- DESIGNING INTERNET SURVEYS
Internet surveys are a popular but often poorly designed research instrument used in public service.  In this workshop, students will learn about online surveys as a research method, including their pros/cons, common ethical issues that arise, and the different software options.  It will also cover the nuts and bolts of survey design, including question types; response formats; layout options, sampling, and pilot testing.
Saturday/ Sunday, 10/20/18-10/21/18
Cross-listed with CJ, HIST, POLS, SOC

URBAN 294/494- LOCAL FOOD ECONOMY
Nationwide, people are turning to local foods as a way of seeding employment and growing community pride. Local food advocates also tout the environmental benefits of better nutrition, more farmland, cleaner air, and less packaging waste. Critics point to the costs of small-scale inefficient farming. This workshop will critically examine both sides of the issues within the local food economy movement.
Saturdays, 10/27/18 and 11/03/18
Cross-listed with ECON, ENVSTD, SOC, SPS

URBAN 294/494- MAKING CIVICS REAL
Tools for Public Participation: Encouraging civic engagement in our local communities is easier said than done.  In this workshop, students will learn innovative tools and strategies for increasing public participation, including designing charrettes, organizing democracies, creating public involvement plans, identifying helpful apps, using visual storytelling: the dos and don’ts of leading civic engagement efforts.
Saturday/ Sunday, 11/03/18-11/04/18
Cross-listed with ENVSTD, HIST, HONORS, SOC