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UM Climate Gentrification VISTA Summer Associate AFVN
The Office of Civic and Community Engagement in partnership with the UM School of Law and the department of Geography is investigating the relationship between climate impacts and urban displacement. The Climate Gentrification: Designing A Comprehensive Assessment Tool of Historical, Social, and Geographic Factors to Guide Actionable and Equitable Neighborhood Resilience project addresses the growing interest and limitations in existing research on the relationship between climate impacts and urban displacement. The term gentrification has been in use for over 50 years to describe a pattern of neighborhood change typically characterized by above-average increases in household income, educational attainment, and home values or rent that can contribute to displacement. The strong connection between historic discriminatory federal homeownership loan programs and planning practices, and longstanding patterns of disinvestment, have had undeniable reverberations for generations of residents in these underserved neighborhoods. The current dynamic between housing access and climate impacts has turned certain historic development precepts squarely on their heads. Neighborhoods that once were desirable because of their coastal locations now face severe risk from climate change, while those areas deemed least desirable historically, which have been habitually underserved, poorly maintained, or simply ignored, are now faced with speculative investment that threatens to make them unaffordable for current residents. Through this project, we will investigate how climate consequences such as sea level rise, flooding, and extreme heat are the latest in a long line of forces contributing to displacement for residents in historically under-resourced neighborhoods.
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Member Duties : The VISTA Summer Associate will support the efforts of the Changing Neighborhood Data Analytics VISTA project through identifying pressures and pain points of gentrification and urban displacement caused by climate impacts. The SA will also support UM's interdisciplinary team to engage with communities experiencing development pressure. The SA will support efforts already underway to: conduct interviews with community residents and advocates to augment quantitative research with more personal understandings of these impacts on residents’ day-to-day lives; and identify thematic indicators analyzed from community conversations for a neighborhood-specific climate gentrification assessment that communities can use to evaluate the benefits and challenges of proposed development to their neighborhoods.
Program Benefits : Mentoring ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance . 
Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Environment ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Technology ,  Housing ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing ,  General Skills ,  Computers/Technology ,  Team Work ,  Communications ,  Environment ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  Urban Planning ,  Community Organization . 
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UM Climate Gentrification VISTA Summer Associate AFVN

Program Start/End Date
05/23/2022  -   07/29/2022

Work Schedule Summer

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations FLORIDA   Miami/Ft. Lauderdale  

Accepting Applications
From  04/12/2022  To  05/24/2022 

Contact Anna Mitas
1111 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables   FL   33124

Listing ID 111365