When: Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: The Hyatt Place - Garland
A big thank you to everyone who braved the rain on Saturday, Oct. 24 to attend the 2015 Neighborhood Summit! We had a great conference with residents, exhibitors, breakout sessions, a keynote and more. This year's theme, Connecting Neighborhoods: Partners for Change helped our neighbors to learn how to connect both with their neighbors and with the City.
We were thrilled to welcome Maria Martinez-Cosio, Ph.D, Assistant Vice-Provost for Faculty Affairs at UT Arlington as this year's Keynote. She delivered a fantastic, interactive session presenting case studies of two neighborhoods in California. The first neighborhood had an abundance of money and resources, however there was little community involvement in what projects or programs would take place. The other neighborhood made no decisions unless the entire community was in agreement but had limited money and resources. The session provoked "out of the box" discussions and ideas to enhance Garland neighborhoods.
Cosio is a sociologist, interested in the intersection of structure, culture and agency in the urban context. As a first -generation college graduate, her interested gravitate towards understanding the experience of immigrants in the urban environment. Her research includes an analysis of the relationships between private foundations engaged in community development and the under-served communities targeted for change. As a qualitative researcher, she teaches graduate courses in qualitative methods, urban theory and social policy formation.
Neighborhood Leader Recognition: The following neighborhood leaders were also recognized for their exemplary neighborhood and community involvement: