Students Present Project at Urban Affairs Association Conference

Khadijah Boyer, Asst. Prof. Makris, Ashley Allen, and Avery Haley give their presentation at the Urban Affairs Association Conference in Miami. (Not pictured: Reina Osario.)

Khadijah Boyer, Asst. Prof. Makris, Ashley Allen, and Avery Haley give their presentation at the Urban Affairs Association Conference in Miami. (Not pictured: Reina Osorio.)

Four Guttman students in Dr. Molly Makris’s Fall I Urban Planning and Policy course–Avery Haley, Ashley Allen, Khadijah Boyer, and Reina Osorio–created and conducted an in-depth research project about privately owned public spaces in Midtown Manhattan. The students went through Human Subjects Certification, created research questions, conducted a literature review, participated in extensive data collection during and after the semester, and analyzed their findings.

The students and Dr. Makris submitted a proposal to the annual Urban Affairs Association Conference (UAA) in Miami from April 8-11. The presentation, Invited In? Youth Place-Making within Privately Owned Public Spaces, listed students as co-authors and was accepted. It was discussed as part of the Spatial Dynamics of Environmental Injustice on Saturday panel held on April 11 from 10:30-11:55 a.m. The UAA is the international association for urban scholars, researchers, and practitioners.

The Guttman students were among the few undergraduates in attendance or presenting at the conference. In addition to presenting their research with Dr. Makris, the students attended panels and networking events and created an Urban Studies video documenting their conference experience.