Announcing "Striving for Diverse Cities: A 2016-17 Documentary Film & Discussion Series," funded by a Diversity Transformation Fund Award, University at Albany's Office of Diversity and Inclusion


This series engages with the following questions: How and why do cities change over time? What’s the role of neighborhood advocacy in influencing urban transformations? To what extent can local visions of more prosperous places be augmented by community action, progressive community planning, and utopian notions of the good city?If you are interested in these issues and would like to know how cities are embracing change and dealing with new and, quite often, radical transformations, please join us for this documentary film and discussion series.

Striving For Diverse Cities: A 2016-17 Documentary Film & Discussion Series Presents "WHERE STRANGERS BECOME NEIGHBOURS” COMMENTARY BY PROF. LEONIE SANDERCOCK (UBC)*
Tuesday, April 4th 4:30 P.M.– 6:30 P.M., UH 110.

Migration is one of the greatest forces (re)shaping cities in the 21st century. This is the story of two decades of transformation in one neighbourhood in Vancouver, Canada, where hostility and fear were replaced by an intercultural community; where people of all backgrounds contribute to create a flourishing community. These are the voices of immigrants and their journey from isolation to feeling valued, engaged, and enriched through the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH).

Dr. Leonie Sandercock is a planner and academic focusing on community planning and multiculturalism. She teaches in the School of Community & Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia. Leonie produced and co-directed this film with G. Attili.

*Refreshments will be served.

Striving For Diverse Cities: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series is organized by Carlos Balsas, Johana Londono, and Shanna Goldman. The project is a cross-disciplinary collaboration among Geography and Planning, Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies and the School of Social Welfare. This series intends to highlight neighborhood transformation and adaptation processes in various North American cities. We seek to strengthen the study of social justice, diversity and inclusion and the eradication of poverty, while endowing students with the skills and awareness needed to identify, address and prevent unjust and unfair practices.