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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 February 16th, the series would be showcasing, “ The Power & Peril of University-Community Engagement: An Ethical Framework.” Many universities pride themselves on engaging with communities near their campuses and around the world, but are these relationships mutually beneficial?

Grounded in racial and social justice values, the Social Impact Lab’s Principles of Ethical Community-Engaged Teaching and Research call upon universities to recognize and mitigate the unintended harms that can result from well-intentioned initiatives that fail to treat community stakeholders as equals. Panelists will discuss how the principles may be applied to their work in Boston and globally. This event will be facilitated by panelists, Lisa Laguerre, Associate Director of Community Relations, Institute on Race and Justice, and Sam Vaghar, Executive Director, Millennium Campus Network.