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Neighborhoo

d Of
Opportunity
‘09-’10
Our Challenges
Intensifying Inequality within our nation.

Families of color,
together, own 16 cents
to the white family’s
dollar.

Wealth disparities mean


we are squandering our
nation’s most important
resource: its people.

These disparities stymie


economic mobility, the
freedom to innovate,
and the reinvigoration
of our economy.

Challenge Exodus Regions


Our Challenges
Declining Opportunity within our regions.
Opportunity is key to
building wealth.
Unfortunately,
opportunity is not
evenly accessible within
our region.

Uneven opportunity
means that inequities
in wealth, health, job
access, education, and
neighborhood quality will
intensify.

As a result, all
Americans suffer due
to our linked fates.
The Urban Exodus
Becoming a Nation of Suburbs

Housing
Tax Policy Transit Policy
Policy
The Urban Exodus
But, opportunity for who?
USC’s Development History
USC is no exception
USC’s Good Neighbor Campaign
USC has positive tradition of giving back
to the community
Business as usual?
What kind of campus can we be?

Build
upon Status
USC’s Quo of
tradition City
of service Decline?
&
innovatio
n?
Regional Equity
Close Gaps, Increase Opportunities

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind


of thinking we used when we created them.” –Einstein
NEXT STEPS
BECOME the nation’s first campus to apply regional
thinking.
FULFILL USC’s mission to “meet pressing social needs.”
GAIN new heights and attract students and professors.
FORM genuine partnerships, connect opportunity, and help
build and dream up a better society.
CC Trust Fund
Promoting Housing & Economic
Opportunity
The Campus and Community Trust Fund Examples:
holds, appreciates, and responsibly invests in •University of South
community development opportunities for Florida & Tampa CDC,
green, mixed-use affordable housing and Nehemiah Project
economic development. •Yale Dwight Fund
•Harvard 20/20/2000
•SINA/Trinity
Potential Partners: Neighborhood
USC, FCCLT, Esperanza Revitalization Initiative
Housing Corporation, •Kenyon College
Genesis Korea Campus and
Community
Opportunity: Development Fund
CRA RFP Bethune •Report Growth, not loss
Site & FCCLT

Trust Fund
Urban Opportunity
Center
Fostering Progressive Urban Education
And Action
The Urban Opportunity Center is a nexus for Examples:
critical campus and community education •Connecticut College,
about the root causes of urban inequality, a Holleran Center for
resource to connect action and solutions to Community Action and
address these causes by business, Public Policy
internship, and research opportunities, and a •University of Ohio’s
connector to key community issues, such as Innovation Center
housing and jobs.

Potential Partners:
USC Office for Civic and
Community Relations, USC
Community Computing Center, JEP,
CBLC, Volunteer Center, Minority
Business Center, Work Source
Center,
Trust Fund UOC
Student Voice
Committee
Integrating progressive policy goals in new
USC developments
The Student Voice Committee is a team of Examples:
student representatives whose role is to •UCLA and UC
integrate concerns and solutions into the Berkeley Student
USC Master Plan, affecting housing, retail, Committee Systems
and supplier contracts, and closely tying a
triple bottom line of meeting to campus and
community needs, upholding
environmental sustainability, and
expanding socioeconomic opportunity.

Potential Partners:
USC, student organizations,
University Student Government

Trust Fund UOC SVC


Community Mapping
Tracking and Sharing Neighborhood-level
Data to Inform and Evaluate policy
Community Mapping involves (1) creating an Examples:
open-source digital community mapping tool, •UCLA Center for
(2) applying the tool to track and share Neighborhood
neighborhood level data relevant to the Knowledge
community, such as residential •Center for Community
displacement, quality of housing, and open Mapping
space,
(3) creating data and infrastructure
that can increase community-serving
research opportunities.
Potential Partners:
USC, student
organizations, CBLC,
Professors, Grad Studnets

Trust Fund UOC SVC CM


Visions for Vermont
Creating a Bottom-up & Neighborhood
Focused Community Plan
Visions for Vermont Community Plan is an Examples:
innovative, resident-focused engagement in •NYC Community Plans
order to create a plan focused on the
Vermont Corridor. The ultimate goal is to
create a developmental framework
supporting opportunity, such as quality
businesses, housing, and jobs, and
community needs and assets.

Potential Partners:
USC Grad Students, USC
Professors, Bilingual Students, USC
CCR, Neighborhood Council

Trust Fund UOC SVC CM V4V


HOW CAN YOU GET
INVOLVED?

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CCU BASIC STRUCTURE
Holistic Campus Organizing On Campus
Impacts
Administ
Parents/ Media,
ration/ Coalition-Building
Alumni Research,
BOT
Advocacy, Grants,
O/L Innovation
Resolutions, &
Students Faculty/ Commitments to
/Orgs Orgs affect policy

Researc
h
Off- Advocac
Campus y
Figueroa People’s
Organizing Corridor Planning LA’s First bottom-up
& Strategy Coalition Community Plan
Fundraisi
(FCCEJ) towards
ng
neighborhood
Commun opportunity
ications
BOILING IT DOWN
Teams based on:
Campus
•Coalition-building CCU PRINCIPLES
Organizing
•Events
•Advocacy
•Strategy
•Team Based
•Grants/Innovation
•Leadership, Knowledge,
& Skill Development
Teams based on: •Rotation/Flexibility
Community •Mentorship & Shared
•Research
Organizing
•Advocacy Learning
•People’s Planning •New Ideas welcomed
Lab
•Fundraising
•Communications
•Strategy
TAKE ACTION

NEXT MEETING

•Weekly Strategy Team, 4:00 PM, VKC 201


•Monthly Coalition Meeting, 6 PM, VKC 201
•Biweekly Goal Team Meetings, Ad-hoc based on interest

EASY ACTIONS
CONTACT US
Email: campusandcommunity@gmail.com
Phone: 213-537-5CCU
Website: campusandcommunity.wordpress.com

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