The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents. Based in Cleveland, the Center views the city as both a tool for building communities and producing change locally, and as a representative urban center from which nationally-relevant research and policy implications can be drawn.
Make a Charitable Gift


Hear Mark Joseph’s Stories from Ghana on October 30

Oct 29 2014

Ghana pic by Mark JosephMark Joseph, an associate professor at the Mandel School and director of the National Initiative on Mixed Income Communities, spent his recent sabbatical in the Department of Geography at the University of Ghana in West Africa, conducting emerging research on mixed-income neighborhoods in Accra.

He’ll be sharing photos and stories from his trip and discussing his research at a presentation on Thursday, October 30, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in room 108 of the Mandel Community Studies Building. Dr. Joseph’s topics include:

  • teaching a class of 250 students – seminar style!
  • dealing with the emotions of visiting a slave castle
  • canoeing to a village on stilts
  • drumming with a master drummer – being chased by a monkey
  • visiting the amazing first liberal arts college in West Africa (perhaps on the continent)
  • dealing with outages of power, water, cooking gas – and an entire capital city running out of petrol
  • freestyling with an African dance troupe
  • being “arrested” twice, ok more like shaken-down twice…
facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmailby feather

Anna Maria Santiago to Deliver Power of Diversity Lecture on October 7

Oct 3 2014

SSSP Conference PhotoProfessor Anna Maria Santiago will deliver her lecture, “Fifty Years Later: From a War on Poverty to a War on the Poor,” on Tuesday, October 7, at 3pm in the Senior Classroom of the Tinkham Veale University Center. This lecture is part of Hispanic Heritage Month at Case Western Reserve and the university’s Power of Diversity Lecture Series.

Dr. Santiago, who is the Leona Bevis & Marguerite Haynam Professor of Community Development at the Mandel School and a faculty associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, gave a lecture with a similar title as the presidential address at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting last August, which was also the meeting’s theme. Her talk on campus will be distinct from that presentation and will include multimedia components.

The lecture title is also the theme of a newly-installed photography exhibit on the third floor at the Mandel School, “From a War on Poverty to a War on the Poor: Images of Poverty in the Post-Great Recession Period.” It features photographs by Professor Victor Groza, CWRU media relations manager Susan Griffith, Mandel School librarian June Hund, and Cleveland writer/activist Angie Schmitt, among others. The exhibit is free and open to public viewing during school hours.

facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmailby feather

Mark Chupp is Panelist on Civic Forum Addressing Social and Human Capital

Oct 2 2014

mark_chupp_1378_webProfessor Mark Chupp is one of several distinguished experts on a panel for a civic forum, “The Three Forms of Capital: Why Human and Social Capital are the Building Blocks for Healthy, Stable Societies.” It is an event focused on building community development that is co-hosted by the Mandel School’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and the Cleveland Institute of Art on Thursday, October 9, at 3:30pm to 5:00pm (followed by a reception). RSVP to Barbara Chira at

The civic forum’s keynote speaker is Stephan G. Vetter, President and CEO, Partners of the Americas, and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. With over 35 years of experience in international and domestic development, Vetter offers a rich background in international voluntary service, grassroots community leadership and developing public-private partnerships to reduce poverty and improve the economic and social development of disadvantaged populations. He is leading the Partners of the Americas partnership with the Department of State and NAFSA to implement President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative.

Dr. Chupp will be joining Mr. Vetter on WCPN 90.3FM’s Sound of Ideas radio show on NPR on Wednesday, October 8, at 9:00am to discuss poverty from both a global and local perspective, how ordinary people can become powerful agents of social change, and the role of the artists, social workers, and others to build communities and dare to imagine a better world.

The other panelists for the civic forum include Bobbi Reichtell, Executive Director of Campus District, Inc.; Tom Schorgl, President and CEO, Community Partnership for Arts & Culture; and Sai Sinbondit, Designer, Researcher, and Adjunct Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmailby feather