HCD Fellowship Program Interim Report 2011-12


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  2. 2. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012January 24, 2012The progress made by our HCD fellows in the fall of 2011 hasbeen impressive. The twelve graduate students from theDepartments of Anthropology, City and Regional Planning, andPublic Administration are making major strides in achievingthe goals of the program to integrate theoretical, classroom-based learning and applied, practice-based learning. Eachstudent began their experience with a learning contract thatdefined activities and responsibilities as well as competenciesthat they are seeking to develop. Their work for agenciessuch as United Housing Inc., the Vance Avenue Collaborative,and the City of Memphis Chief Administration Office, has resultedin stronger partnerships between the university and the community.Each year we seek to improve the HCD Fellows Program at the University of Memphis.During the fall, we began significant changes in how the program is carried out at theclassroom level by developing a more dynamic website to promote fellows’ activities,an internal class blog and secure social media connections to encourage dialogue, andwe have added a specific focus on teaching about the integration methods of Web 2.0communications tools for community development. Please visit the SUAPP web site atwww.memphis.edu/suapp.In the coming term, Spring 2012, the fellows will be expected to further hone theirskills in 21st century documentation and collaboration online. Each fellow will berequired to keep and share an online Field Journal, as well as participate in severalassignments to assess and map their and their placement organizations’ technologycapabilities. Toward the end of the term, they will produce a poster presentation on“New Use of Technology to Improve Community Outreach through your InternshipExperience.” This information will be shared on the HCD Fellowship Website and theUrban Affairs Spotlight website.Building upon the successful program in place, we expect that the additional focus ontechnology will help to better prepare these future leaders for productive internshipexperiences and future careers. Sincerely, Stan Hyland, PhD Head, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy University of Memphishttp://hcdfellows.posterous.com 1
  3. 3. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 PROGRAM INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEWThe Housing and Community Development (HCD) Research Fellowship was initiated severalyears ago by the senior administrators in the City of Memphis’ Department of Housing andCommunity Development and faculty in the newly formed School of Urban Affairs and PublicPolicy (SUAPP). The purpose of the program is to encourage professional students to engage incommunity based research, public policy, program development, project management, andprogram evaluation efforts in the field of economic and community development. Funded bythe Department of Housing and Community Development, the program was initiallyestablished to enhance the outcomes of professional education in, public administration, cityplanning, social work, criminal justice studies and applied anthropology and to increase thenumber of graduates choosing to join community development organizations within theMemphis region upon graduation.What is Community Development?Our working definition of community development is any systematic effort to enhance theorganizing, planning, development, andmanagement capacity of community-basedorganization and public agencies seeking to List of Current & Formerimprove the overall quality of life in poor andworking-class neighborhoods within the City of Partner AgenciesMemphis. Advance Memphis Binghampton Community DevelopmentProgram Goals Corporation City of Memphis Department of Housing and  Introduce students to the critical Community Development environmental, economic, and social City of Memphis Chief Administrative Office problems confronting the region’s most Community Development Corporation Council of Greater Memphis economically challenged neighborhoods. Cooper-Young CDC  Expose students to innovative policies, Frayser CDC programs, and practices that address the Goodwill Homes Community Services structural causes of uneven patterns of Habitat for Humanity development, and persistent and Keep Tennessee Beautiful concentrated poverty. Lead Hazard Control Program Memphis Center for Independent Living  Facilitate service-learning, volunteerism, Memphis City Schools and applied research projects to promote Memphis Landmarks Commission innovative policy solutions to critical issues. Office of Planning and Development Saint Patrick’s Learning Center  Use reflective strategies to improve Saint Peter’s Manor professional practice and connect to School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy emerging organizational challenges and The Works, Inc. policy issues. United Housing, Inc. United Way of the Mid-South  Integrate theoretical, classroom-based University District learning and engaged, experiential learning University Neighborhood Development through a weekly seminar. Corporation Vance Avenue Collaborativehttp://hcdfellows.posterous.com 2
  4. 4. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 Student Placement Students are placed at nonprofit organizations, community development corporations, and public agencies (city, county, state, and federal) that are working on initiatives that fit into our working description of community development and, where possible, link to the priorities areas/neighborhoods of the Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development. Fellowship Length Students accepted into the program will participate in the program throughout the length of their professional degree program (typically two years) provided theyreceive positive evaluations for their internship and related coursework performance. While astudent may stay at a participating placement agency for more than one semester, theprogram encourages them to be engaged in a different mix of professional activities eachsemester to maximize the professional development outcomes of the program.Student CompensationAll students will receive a tuition and fee waiver from the UofM Graduate School. In addition,they will receive an $800 a month stipend for the 20 hours of work each week. Students willalso receive academic credit for the weekly seminar course.FundingThe Housing and Community Development Research Fellowship is jointly funded by the City ofMemphis Department of Housing and Community Development and the Graduate School at theUniversity of Memphis.Program ManagementIn collaboration with Stan Hyland, Head of the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, theChairs/Directors (or their representatives) of the graduate programs in public administration,city and regional planning, social work, criminal justice studies, and anthropology serve asthe point of overall decision making on student recruitment and acceptance into the program,making placement with agencies, serving as liaisons with the Graduate School, and raisingfunds to expand the program. Individual faculty members are assigned direct mentoring andsupervision of each student.Advisory BoardAdvisory Board Members meet twice a year to review and comment on the program’s overallstructure, course syllabi, and to assist with unique placement requests, and include:  Emily Trenholm, Greater Memphis Community Development Council  Eric Robertson, Leveraging Investment For  Mari Albertson, City of Memphis Department of Housing and Community Developmenthttp://hcdfellows.posterous.com 3
  5. 5. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 2011-12 PROGRAM SPECIFICSFall 2011 Semester OverviewDescription and ObjectivesThe weekly seminars are intended to focus on studentintegration of theoretical, classroom-based learning andapplied, practice-based learning. Focused topic areas andspeakers are supplemented by weekly round table discussions,social media instruction, and information sharing. A programwebsite, blog, and two closed online group discussion areas 2011-12were created in Fall 2011 to further information exchange and Neighborhoodtechnical skills building. Priority AreasCoursework Objectives SOUTH MEMPHIS  Introduce students to the critical environmental, economic, and social problems confronting the region’s FRAYSER most economically challenged neighborhoods.  Expose students to innovative policies, programs, and BINGHAMPTON practices that address the structural causes of uneven patterns of development, and persistent and concentrated poverty. 2011-12  Facilitate service learning, volunteerism, and applied research projects to promote innovative policy Fellows solutions to critical issues confronting the region’s most distressed communities. Marissa (Genevie) Aaker  Use reflective strategies to improve professional Andrea Barbour practice and connect to emerging organizational challenges and policy issues. Allison EddinsRequired Assignments Cecell HiteProgram Orientation: Students are introduced to the Zachary Hunterfundamental theories, methods, practices, and issues related Aury Kangelosto experiential education; the use of learning plans as alifelong learning tool; and the structure of the UofM’s HCD Laura MeyerFellowship Program. Gabrielle MondieProfessional Fellowship: Each student will devote twenty Gayle Ozannehours each week (16 weeks per semester) to professional Alexandria Satterfieldactivities at participating agencies working under thesupervision of accomplished urban affairs professionals. Josh Shumaker Lacy WardWeekly Reflective Seminar: Participating students arerequired to enroll in a one credit Planning Internship Seminar(PLAN 7890) to learn what other students are doing in theirwork, compare and contrast creative problem solving ideas,and assist in integrating the learning outcomes.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 4
  6. 6. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 2011-12 Partner Learning Contract: Students, agency supervisors, and faculty mentors will identify learning objectives, core Agencies knowledge and competencies, as well as placement activities and evaluation criteria for the agency placement Landmarks experience. The contract will be negotiated each semester. The student, agency supervisor, and faculty mentor must Commission approve the Learning Contract. The Contract will be used to monitor and evaluate student progress throughout the City of Memphis fellowship. Vance Avenue Field Journal/Blog: Students will submit the field journal to faculty mentors and agency supervisors prior to each site Collaborative visit and as appropriate. Notations should be made several times a week with your observations, reflective thoughts, Adopt-A-Street questions, and feelings about the placement learning experience. The Field Journal should capture: The Works CDC  What the fellow is doing  What the fellow is learning Habitat for Humanity  How it connects to coursework  Questions and concerns Frayser CDC Critical Incident Reports: As part of the field journal, students must complete two critical incidents that frame Choice Neighborhood transformative learning experiences throughout the agency placement experience. Each report should include: Binghampton CDC  Identification of the event Advance Memphis  Relevant details  The people involved. Use job titles, not names. United Housing  Personal role  Incident analysisSite Visits: The faculty advisor will visit each student twice during the semester, at the 3rdand 12th weeks of placement. During the visits, the faculty advisor will meet with the studentand the agency supervisor to discuss any issues that are affecting the quality of the fellowshipexperience.Public Issues Forums, Public Board meetings, and/or Professional Workshops: Eachstudent must attend at least two of the above and write a reflective journal entry thatincludes details about the event, issue, participants, and potential for future engagement.Reflective Essay: Students will write a 5-7 page reflective essay describing and evaluatingthe progress they have made towards achieving goals and objectives. During this essay,students also have the chance to evaluate the overall program and placement experience.Student Evaluation: Each student will be evaluated by the agency supervisor and facultymentor based on the fieldwork, journals, assignments, and reflective essays to determine theprogress made during the fellowship based upon the learning contract.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 5
  7. 7. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012Student Responsibilities Contact placement agency supervisor to arrange the work schedule Research placement agency before first day of work Participate in weekly seminar Set weekly meeting time with agency supervisor Submit weekly timesheets Keep field journal Facilitate site visits during 3rd and 12th weeks Meet with faculty mentor as needed Present project during spring semester Aug 29 Orientation Lunch Sept 5 No session: Labor Day Sept 12 National Policy Issues and Research, Guest: Professor Ed Goetz – Director of the Hubert Humphrey’s School of Public Policy, University of Minnesota Sept 19 The Engaged Metropolitan University. Sept 26 Community Engagement Online: Utilizing Web 2.0 tools for community development and organizing. Speaker: Gayla Schaefer, HCD Assistant Oct 3 Theories of Neighborhood Revitalization and Memphis Nbrhd Activism Oct10 Methods for Community Building, Participatory Action Research & Engaged Scholarship Oct 17-18 Fall Break Oct 31 Professionalism and Ethics, Guest: Professor Joy Clay Nov 7 Volunteer and Service Learning Opportunities Nov 14 Division of Housing and Community Development Planning Initiatives Nov 21 Internship Site Presentations Nov 28 Internship Site Presentations Dec 5 Evaluation of Learning Objectiveshttp://hcdfellows.posterous.com 6
  8. 8. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 www.memphis.edu/suapp Research Fellow Reports Fall 2011In the following section, reports from each of the current 2011-12 HCDResearch Fellows are presented for review.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 7
  9. 9. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 Marissa (Genevie) Aaker Graduate Program: Public Administration Expected Graduation: May, 2013 Education: B.S., Neuroscience, Baylor Univ. HCD Placement: United Housing, Inc. (UHI) Supervisors: Tim Bolding, Amy Schaftlein Rednour Faculty Mentor: Laura HarrisGoals:As an HCD fellow, Aaker hopes to engage in scholarship,service learning, and community outreach. Her goal isto provide a holistic approach to literacy, health,lifelong learning, and to promote change by enhancingdiversity initiatives. She is interested in improving www.uhinc.orgorganizations through strategic planning, publicrelations, and volunteer management. Heraccomplishments for Fall 2011 include becoming aNextGen Leader of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance,receiving the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Diversity Scholarship, and becoming the VPof Fundraising Nonprofit Leaders Student Association (NLSA).Semester Overview:During the Fall 2011 term, Aaker learned through a diverse range of experiences at UHI. Aakercompleted a NeighborWorks training textbook and supplemental course materials. This courseincluded case study reviews and information on neighborhood stabilization and REO propertydevelopment.Her work also included assistance with a Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF) grant toobtain funding for Mobile Homebuyer Education Workshops. Furthering her interest in nonprofit management, Aaker helped with the UHI newsletter and event marketing. She was able to hone her social media skills learned in the HCD course “My experience at UHI helped me meetings to post information to blogs and utilize get to know and love the Memphis social media networks professionally. community.” In addition, Aaker worked to coordinate and organize -Genevie Aaker the Wolf River Bluffs project. Phase one of this project includes the development of 34 Eco-Friendly, single-family homes, including two homes for ShelbyResidential and Vocational Services (SRVS) clients. Her future goals at UHI include completingan educational brochure for the Strengthening Communities Grant Project for the Scenic HillsDam, evaluating the Homebuyer Education program, and completing a curriculum for a courseoffered by the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 8
  10. 10. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 Andrea Barbour Graduate Program: City and Regional Planning Expected Graduation: May, 2012 Education: B.A., Sociology, Xavier University HCD Placement: Greater Memphis CDC Supervisors: Emily Trenholm Faculty Mentor: Charlie Santo Goals:As a returning HCD Fellow, Andrea Barbour would like to continue participating in servicelearning while gaining practical planning skillsand experience. Barbour’s goal for herplacement experience is to have a betterunderstanding of the role of the Greater MemphisCommunity Development Council in addition tothe individual CDCs. She looks forward tolearning more about the strategy that LivableMemphis uses to enact change with variousMemphis and Shelby County policies.Semester Overview: www.livablememphis.orgBarbour handles creating maps for theCommunity Development Council and itsmembers. This semester she assisted with theplanning of a community wide workshop todevelop and advocate for issues regarding Livable Memphis and the Greater MemphisCommunity Development Council. She also provided outreach to other grassrootsorganizations to arrange presentations, discussions, study circles, etc., on issues related tourban development patterns, and their connection to neighborhood issues. Barbour was alsotasked with researching policy issues related to urban planning and assisting with social mediasuch as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Her placement also provided the opportunity forher to aid in training and special events.In evaluation of her learning objectives, Barbour notes that she provided:  assistance with administrative duties such as mass emails, flyers, pamphlets, brochures, PowerPoint projects, etc.  assistance with the data gathering of policy information for the “Complete Streets Initiative.”  creation of compare and contrast of comparable non-profit organizations to Livable Memphis.  assistance with the creation of the Twitter account for Greater Memphis Community Development Council.  attendance at “Pizza with the Planner” events at the library, movie night with TAPA, and a community development policy meeting.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 9
  11. 11. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 Allison Eddins Graduate Program: City and Regional Planning Expected Graduation: May, 2012 Education: B.B.A. Fin. & Real Est., U. of Memphis HCD Placement: Frayser CDC Supervisor: Steve Lockwood Faculty Mentor: Kenneth ReardonGoals:Eddins goals for her experience reflect her desire to gainpractical real world experience. She hopes to learn how tobest utilize programs and policies that the city already hasin place to further the efforts of community developmentand enrichment, to use a holistic approach when dealingwith poverty and housing issues, and, to improve FrayserCDC’s community outreach by working with othercommunity development corporations to further the goalsof community enhancement. www.fraysercdc.orgSemester Overview:Eddins first semester as an intern for the FrayserCommunity Development Corporation offered her manyopportunities for personal and professional growth. She came to realize that although eachproject was different, they were all the same. “They were all a part of the big picture. Theywere small steps that had to be taken in order to fulfill the overall mission.”During the term, she completed the following three large projects: 1) the NeighborhoodStabilization Program to assist in locating and purchasing homes for rental developmentwithin the target area; 2) New Homestead to catalogue all homes in Frayser that are subjectto tax foreclosure and assist in designing program to identify and monitor families to beplaced in tax foreclosed homes; and, 3) assistance with redevelopment of four commercialspaces. She was also involved with two smaller projects involving a mobile home park inFrayser that flooded last May and researching user occupancy permits for predatory lenders.Plans for the spring semester include two big projects. She will be working with the NSPneighborhood and assisting in the redevelopment and marketing of the store fronts.Eddins reflections on the experience include a very profound personal realization about theheartbreaks behind the current housing crisis and the need for sensitivity and strategicplanning.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 10
  12. 12. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 Cecell Hite Graduate Program: Public Administration Expected graduation: May, 2013 Education: B.A., Psychology, Univ. of TN HCD Placement: Binghampton Devel. Corp. Supervisors: Robert Montague Faculty Mentor: Leigh HerseyGoals:Hite’s goal as an HCD fellow is to synthesize hiseducational and practical experiences to enhance hischosen career working as an analyst or manager for agovernment agency. His learning contract objectiveswere to learn how to tailor programs to fit the needsof stake holders while maintaining objectives; www.bdcmemphis.organalyze quantitative and qualitative data andcompare it to previously collected data throughdifferent forms of media; how to implementprograms and the procedures taken to ensure success; and, the creation and daily operationsof a nonprofit. He was very interested in learning how non-profits are run, the grant writingprocess and tools for his future career goals.Semester Overview:Hite handles property acquisitions and assists with development of a new CDC. This semesterhe accomplished many of his goals and now knows how to extract information from large datasets such as the census and how the work climate and the relationships between staff work atnonprofit organizations.His work with the census material was especially beneficial to building his professionaltoolkit. Hite notes that in a community like a Binghamton that is in desperate need ofrevitalization, information about environmental shifts in the community is necessary to helpin any revitalization efforts. The project provided practical research experience.Hite was also able to help with the development of new CDC for the Mitchell Heights,Highland Heights, and Nutbush area by creating a database for problem and asset propertiesin the community. The project has sharpened his organization and communication skills.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 11
  13. 13. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 Zachary Hunter Graduate Program: City and Regional Planning Expected Graduation: May, 2013 Education: B.A., Arch. Studies, Univ. of Ark. HCD Placement: Landmarks Commission Supervisors: Mary Jane Baker Faculty Mentor: David Westendorf Goals: Hunter’s goals for his placement at the LandmarksCommission include understanding what kind of impact historic preservation can have on acity and how to incorporate that knowledge into an effective plan; gaining familiarity withthe interaction between the planner and the various organizations/community members thatare involved in the process of city development; and synthesizing his design orientedbackground with the political side of planning to become a well-rounded and capable cityplanner.Semester Overview:At the Landmarks Commission, Hunter hasassisted with: making amendments to the UDC (Unified Development Code). on-going mapping projects. presenting Memphis Register applications to the Committee for approval. www.memphislandmarks.com completing Gayoso Peabody/Cotton Row revised Design Guidelines. submitting a National Register nomination for City of Memphis propertiesHunter feels that the first leg of his Internship at the Memphis Landmarks Commission hasbeen a great beginning to his learning experience at the University of Memphi by learning thathistoric preservation does not only save the history and character of a place, but also providesthe city with economic opportunity.Hunter has used his background in architecture to articulate the value of buildings to areaculture and history. In his responsibilities to inform owners that their property was beingplaced on the Memphis Register. he learned that most see the designation as an economicburden and infringement on property rights. He has developed the viewpoint that it isimportant to change perceptions to embrace the idea that preservation can be a tool tostabilize and improve property values while preserving the integrity of historic resources andculture. Working with OPD has also provided him with a better understanding of the planningand policy process, increasing his understanding of planners role in government andinteraction with the public.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 12
  14. 14. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 Aury Kangelos Graduate Program: City and Regional Planning Expected Graduation: May, 2012 Education: B.S., Poli. Sci., Univ. of TN at Martin HCD Placement: Vance Avenue Collaborative Supervisors: Father Tim Sullivan Faculty Mentor: Kenneth Reardon Goals:In the second year working with the same project, Kangelosgoal for his placement experience were to continue to havea productive and valuable learning experience relevant tohis future career aspirations. He chose to remain in hisprevious placement agency because he felt that beinginvolved in a federal planning program aimed at being asgrassroots and participatory as possible would be a usefuland enlightening experience. www.vancecn.orgSemester Review:Kangelos reports that the fall 2011 term was anotherrewarding experience, although one of the most strenuous and nerve-wracking experiences hehas had in graduate school. At the end of his spring 2011 semester, the City of Memphisapplied for and was awarded a Housing and Community Development’s federal ChoiceNeighborhood Grant for the Vance Avenue study area and would be receiving money to start astrategic participatory plan.Two asdditional graduate assistants were brought on to the Vance Avenue team, because ofthe much larger responsibility that comes with a federal grant program, and Kangelos’responsibilities were down-sized to organization of community meetings and facilitationbetween the Collaborative and other institutions. He also played a role in collecting data forinterpretation by the Collaborative so that it could be put into reports and delivered to theMemphis Housing Authority, Housing and Community Development, and eventually Housingand Urban Development. He reports that the group was able to successfully host fourcommunity meetings at different institutions, facilitate 60 to 90 residents and communityleaders at each meeting and gather their opinions.Kangelos was also closely involved in a special project with the aim of combating the issues offood access that the Vance Avenue community where he directly helped begin the process ofestablishing a mobile produce market in Memphis -- a much bigger task than organizersinitially estimated. The group has been in contact with Fresh Moves in Chicago, pioneers ofthe idea, and bench-marked with them on expenses and initial operating costs. Successesincluded acquisition of a public transportation bus from MATA on a long-term lease for $1 ayear, securing of Archer Malmo for pro-bono naming and branding and LRK Architecture forretrofit and design assistance, establishment of a steering committee, creation of a budgetand funding proposal, and significant media coverage. His evaluation of the experienceincludes a call for capacity building by the organization to carry out the numerous and diverseprojects with which they have become involved.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 13
  15. 15. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 Laura Meyer Graduate Program: Applied Medical Anthropology Expected Graduation: May, 2012 Education: B.A., Anthropology, Univ. of Memphis HCD Placement: Adopt-A-Street Program Supervisors: Andrew Trippel Faculty Mentor: Stan HylandGoals:Meyer’s goals for her placement as Coordinator for theAdopt-A-Street program for the second year includedorganization of events and beautification efforts. Shehopes to acquire more experience with engaged http://adopt-a-scholarship and participatory action research, and street.posterous.comincreased knowledge of community and volunteerorganization.Semester Overview:During the course of this semester, Meyer managed the program for the School of UrbanAffairs and Public Policy and successfully organized a Kick Off event which resulted in five ofsix student organizations completing their two required clean-ups. Noting that thebeautification efforts again proved difficult to organize, she feels she successfully met herlearning contract obligations to manage documentation and record-keeping. The data she hascollected provides needed evaluation to improve efforts. As a trained anthropologist, she haskept a detailed journal on the ambitious project, reported on selected meetings and clean-ups, documented with photography, and completed design of a website.Her recommendations for the program include: 1) Reorganization of the program calendarlayout so that the first month is reserved for beautification projects and the second twomonths are dedicated to clean-ups; 2) Making the Kick Off and Wrap-Up events mandatory setdates with Wrap Up prizes; and 3) Having all participating student organizations design, oraccept a stock designed, yard sign which they can then disseminate to residents in theiradopted zones to guarantee resident contact. Meyer also plans to recommend that theUniversity of Memphis Student Affairs office be offered the opportunity to collaborate withthe Adopt-a-Street team on events such as organizing either a historical talk with Jimmy Ogleor a Fraternity day. She feels that the involvement of the Student Affairs office willstrengthen the program’s capacity to reach more student groups, especially the Greekorganizations. Meyer believes that the Adopt-a-Street program will eventually develop into asustainable, institutionalized program within the university and Student Affairs.The experience has improved Meyer’s ability to network and act as a program advocate. Shehas built connections with local organizations, in particular Memphis City Beautiful whichloaned all clean-up tools/supplies. She advanced her knowledge of communications andrecord-keeping technologies and believes that the website development and content curationskills she has developed will increase her professional toolkit and future career marketabilityas well as the experience with organization, facilitation, record keeping, and evaluation.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 14
  16. 16. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 Gabrielle Mondie Graduate Program: Public Administration Expected Graduation: May, 2013 Education: B.A., Political Sci, Univ. of TN HCD Placement: Advance Memphis Supervisor: Steve Nash Faculty Mentor: Charles MenifieldGoals:Mondie wants her placement to provide experiencerelatable to her coursework and her desired futurecareer as an analyst. . She hopes the experience herplacement has provided in program analysis willprove useful in her career plans. She believes thatactive involvement is vital to communityimprovement and hopes that the placement willopen the door for a more collaborative approach tocommunity engagement. www.advancememphis.orgSemester Overview:In order to evaluate the programs at her fieldplacement, Mondie began by developing a definition of success for each of the AdvanceMemphis programs: Jobs for Life, Phase II, Individual Development Account, FinancialFreedom, GED, Mercy Loans, Employment Support, Staffing, and Volunteer and DonorEducation. She then determined the outputs and outcomes for each of the programs anddeveloped a system of measurements for each. In 2012, Mondie plans on contactingparticipants to further evaluate the success of the programs. She believes that successfulprograms are essential to advancing economic development in the area.Mondie has succesfully drawn connections between her practical fellowship experience andher coursework in Research Methods and Contemporary Perspectives in Public Administration.Critically, she has identified the importance of performance measurements and nonprofitmanpower and funding challenges to implement effective evaluation programs. She feelsconfident that her work documenting program effectiveness for the organization will beuseful for grant applications and capacity building moving forward.Mondie notes that while she was not able to complete her goals of learning to navigatecomputer programs that aid in compiling data or developing a budget for a growing nonprofitorganization, her progress has been marked. She now reports a greater understanding of theimportance of helping individuals to develop in order for her placement program to have long-lasting effects and developed skills for planning outcomes of evaluation and metrics forframework. Her goals for Spring 2012 are to complete the objective of working with variouscomputer programs to aid in compiling data by utilizing Excel and VistaShare. She is alsohoping to work with the financial coordinator to learn more about the budgeting process.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 15
  17. 17. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 Gayle Ozanne Graduate Program: Applied Medical Anthropology Expected Graduation: May, 2013 Education: B.A., Anthropology, Univ. of CT HCD Placement: The Works CDC Supervisor: Curtis Thomas Faculty Mentor: Kathryn HicksGoals:Ozanne’s interests lie in food consumption and diseases,food security, health disparities, and nutrition. She hopesto engage in participatory action research to assist in theimplementation of policy that addresses the needs of the www.theworkscdc.orgcommunity.Semester Overview:Ozanne’s activities included: 1) Participation in the SouthMemphis Farmers’ Market (SMFM) by planning activities and assistance at the market; 2)Participation in ongoing SMFM research, including instrument design, data collection, analysis,and dissemination; 3) Developing a business plan for the new SMFM permanent structure; and4) Revising, reformatting, and facilitating community review of the Neighborhood ServiceDirectory.Ozanne assisted with weekly setup and disassembly at the market and regular data collection.Collection methods included tracking number of customers and their means of transportation,inventory of produce sold at the market, mapping exercises, taking field notes about marketactivities, and other techniques as needed. She also had the opportunity to participate in thedesign and data collection of the end of market survey for the 2011 season by developingquestions, assisting in the pretest, survey distribution (including assisting any customersrequesting help with completion), and proper documentation and distribution of surveyincentives. Since the end of the market season Ozanne has been performing Best Practiceresearch for the new South Memphis Farmers’ Market structure, which will include aneducation kitchen and produce store. Research areas have included: farmers’ marketsuccesses and failures, education kitchen activities and design, incubator kitchen practices,workforce development plans, potential funding sources, grocery store development andmanagement techniques, and other appropriate information. Creation of the business planwill continue into next semester, followed by implementation of the finished product.Ozanne also finished the South Memphis neighborhood service directory by verifying data,adding information and relevant businesses and institutions. It is scheduled for publicationshortly.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 16
  18. 18. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 Alexandria Satterfield Graduate Program: Urban Anthropology Graduation: May 2012 Education: B.A. Anthropology, Spanish HCD Placement: Habitat for Humanity Supervisor: Christin Reeder Faculty Mentors: Keri Brondo and Katherine Lambert PenningtonGoals:Satterfield hopes her HCD participation will help her to learn more about interdisciplinarystudy and the benefits of collaboration. Her personal long-term goals are to work insustainable infrastructure development and the ecotourism industry. Her goals this semesterwere to understand the role of anthropology/ anthropologists in community developmentprojects and within non-profit organizations, including but not limited to, non-profit ethics,professionalism, use of social science research methods, and presentation (both written andvisual) in order to measure impact and inform change, employ the anthropological methods ofAsset Based Community Development to support the creation of Homeowners’ Associations,and to understand the importance of evaluation, evidence-based practice, and research inthe programmatic practice of community development organizations.Semester Review:Satterfield’s activities included: 1) Developing aFlow Chart to create a visual representation of hergoals over the course of the internship; 2)Interviewing Habitat for Humanity homeownersand then analyzing the data; 3) Researchingvarious neighborhood anchors in communitieswhere Habitat homeowners reside; 4) Compiling adirectory for an affirmative marketing campaignand then sending letters to the 120 organizations http://memphishabitat.comon the list; and 5) Notifying homeowners whenthere was an event in their neighborhood.The research on neighborhood anchors and thehomeowner interviews will be used in the spring to organize clusters of homeowners anddevelop a homeowners association in one of the Habitat neighborhoods. Satterfield will beusing the literature from the Neighborhood Development and Social Entrepreneurship class toguide the community organizing aspect of the project, and will use skills taught in theMethods in Anthropology class to continue interviewing homeowners and organizing focusgroups to gather data and prepare results summaries which will be presented to the agency.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 17
  19. 19. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 Josh Shumaker Graduate Program: Public Administration Expected Graduation: May, 2012 Education: B.A., History, Wofford College HCD Placement: City of Memphis, Chief Admin Office Supervisor: Maura Black Sullivan Faculty Mentor: David CoxGoals:Shumaker’s goals of becoming a Congressional stafferare well served by his HCD placement at the ChiefAdministrative Office with the City of Memphis. Helooks to learn about local government managementand how to enhance the citys reputation by providingsupport to expanding and improving agency relations. www.cityofmemphis.orgShumaker hopes to reinforce HCD goals andcontribute to the programs relevancy and progress.Semester Overview:Shumaker has been especially focused on providing better efficiency in government servicesand progressing the Mayors initiatives regarding city image and quality of life. Shumakercontributed to a variety of such projects and researched proposals for the Main Street Mallupgrades and 311 program.The majority of his efforts were spent developing a proposal for division consolidation andrevision primarily for the Division of Public Services and Neighborhoods and the Division ofCommunity Enhancement. Shumaker assisted in arranging a presentation to show MayorWharton several options. In the process, he researched the position summary report for thecity and division organizational charts. Although budget and personnel numbers were notadded to the final presentation due to the complexity, the position numbers were helpful tounderstanding the potential shift of personnel and budgets.Shumaker’s role in the Main Street Mall project involved research into the proposals made bythe Main Street Mall committee. He primarily used online resources to research other cities and their respective adjustments to downtown pedestrian malls. For the 311 program, a program to assist “A network of partners in fighting citizens with non-emergency help, Shumaker crucial problems of our city should reviewed information related to the cities that start and end with passionate young have implemented 311 in an effort to reduce persons who maintain the vision of crime and improve neighborhoods. Since one of change,” the mayor’s two initiatives in the Bloomberg – Josh Shumaker development grant is to reduce handgunviolence, Shumaker expects this project to continue in Spring 2012.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 18
  20. 20. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 Lacy Ward Graduate Program: City and Regional Planning Expected Graduation: May, 2012 Education: B.A., Urb. Studies, Rhodes College HCD Placement: Vance Choice Neighborhood Supervisor: Felicia Harris Faculty Mentor: Kenneth ReardonGoals:Ward hopes her placement with the ChoiceNeighborhood Planning Grant program will helpdevelop her professional skills and careermarketability by providing practical experience. Hercareer goals include pursuing her Juris Doctorate and www.vancecn.orgworking in land use law or oil and gas law.Semester Overview:Ward’s HCD fellowship with the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant administered by thefederal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) involved working one at theUniversity of Memphis and one day at the City of Memphis Division of Housing and CommunityDevelopment (HCD). The purpose of the Choice Neighborhood Grant is to ensure thatredevelopment of public housing is done in a way that corresponds with what residentsdesire. Currently the city is working with a Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant, whichprovides funds for the planning portion of the project. The City of Memphis received $250,000from HUD. They city also receive match dollars of $250,000 match funds from a CommunityDevelopment Block Grant (CDBG). The goal for this project is to receive a ChoiceNeighborhood Implementation grant, which could be worth up to forty million dollars.Ward sees her placement as interesting and critical to her development because theinvolvement in a new grant program involves a learning curve for all involved thus providingvaluable lessons in teamwork since the grant requires several different teams to worktogether in order to be successful. The three teams are the Housing Committee, the PeopleCommittee, and the Housing group, to which the University of Memphis belongs.Her duties at the university have included: administrative duties and assisting the HCD team,outreach to residents in depth interviews with both small business owners and faith basedorganization leaders, and participation in strategy sessions. Utilizing her communicationsskills, she also created a Twitter account @Vance_CN used to create another medium ofconnection to stakeholders.At the HCD office she had different duties. She attended numerous meetings, taking notes orminutes to report to the HCD staff or just to keep the general record. Ward also assisted withresearch and summarizing documents. Her biggest project was training the MHA/HCD staff onuse of GoogleDocs for the Choice Neighborhood grant.http://hcdfellows.posterous.com 19
  21. 21. HCD Fellowship Interim Report 2011- 2012 www.memphis.edu/suapp Report Prepared by Gayla Schaefer M.P.A. Candidate, 2012 G.A., School of Urban Affairs & Public Policyhttp://hcdfellows.posterous.com 20