partnerships1Much of my prior research has studied how community organizations and grassroots groups can use maps, geographic information systems (GIS), and online spatial technologies (such as GoogleMaps) to advance their work toward social and environmental justice and sustainability. While my research has moved in new directions, I continue to partner with local community organizations through the GIS/spatial technologies courses I teach at the University of Washington. As part of their learning in these courses, students can work on ‘real world’ mapping and GIS projects with and for community partners. Some of our partners in recent years have included Columbia Legal Services, the Civil Legal Aid Spatial Inequality Workgroup, Sustainable Seattle, Solid Ground, Puget Sound Partnership, the Green Futures Research and Design Lab, the South King County Food Coalition, Lettuce Link, the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, and the Seattle Gay and Lesbian History Museum Project. If you are a prospective community partner, see the flier attached here for further details. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with ideas for future collaboration.

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