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The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Social Impact Lab has kicked off this semester’s Open Classroom series: Power to the People: Community Voices in Urban Decision-Making. This semester’s Open Classroom will explore a variety of community-centered research initiatives grounded in racial and social justice values and a commitment to working with community members as co-equals. This Open Classroom series would be held every Wednesday from 6 pm-7 pm EST during the Spring 2022 Semester.

On March 9th, the series would be showcasing, “Participatory Modeling and Collaborative Decision-Making for Climate and Social Justice: From Potential to Realization ” Participatory modeling is a collaborative stakeholder-driven approach to formalize shared representations of a problem and, through the joint modeling process, design, and test solutions to that problem. This promising approach has become increasingly established as a field of scholarship and practice within the broader umbrella of knowledge co-generation and participatory action research, but not without its challenges.

This panel will explore the various aspects that shape this field: past and future trajectories, ethical stakeholder engagement, training and literacy, technological innovation, assessment, and funding.

  • Moira Zellner, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director of Participatory Modeling and Data Science
  • Leilah Lyons, Program Director, National Science Foundation
  • Dan C. Milz, Assistant Professor, U Hawai’i Manoa
  • Miles McNall, Director for Community-Engaged Research, Michigan State University
  • Renee Wallace, Executive Director, Doers Edge