News of the Week is a weekly publication designed to share news about opportunities, events on campus and around town, programs and activities, grants, publications, and interesting news of interest about Levin College of Urban Affairs faculty, staff, students and alumni. For job opportunities, click here to go to the Levin College Job Portal. To submit information for inclusion in News of the Week, please forward by Thursday at noon to newsletter Editor Kim St. John-Stevenson at


Dean Roland Anglin Invites You to TEDx!

Dean Roland Anglin Invites You to TEDx!

Join us on March 31 as we discuss the role anchor institutions, such as hospitals and universities, play in the metropolitan revival. This goes beyond the "If you build it they will come" mentality of the past and includes being an engaged and active participant in promoting healthcare access, educational attainment and neighborhood development in the areas they serve. The event will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in CSU's Student Center Ball Room, 2121 Euclid Avenue. Register for this free event by clicking here


Levin College of Urban Affairs graduates are doing amazing things. Check out this link to read profiles of just a handful of of our incredible alum! And be sure to let us know when you are doing something remarkable - we want to help share your good news with the extended Levin College family! Alum can share information by filling out the Alumni Profile Form - click here to access the form. 


The Center for Economic Development at Levin College is working for the Greater Cleveland Film Commission to analyze the film industry in Northeast Ohio and Ohio for the years 2009-2016 through an examination of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit.  The study will provide an over of the tax credit, an analysis of employment, wages, and establishments engaged in the industry, case studies, and an economic impact of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit since its inception.  The report, 2016 Economic Impact of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, should be released this summer. Candi Clouse, Program Manager at the Center for Community Planning and Development, will lead the project. 

Levin College Assistant College Lecturer Jeffrey Bowen is a featured writer in "Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk + Poets Respond", hosted by Heights Arts on Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m., as part of the "Public Conscience Through Graphics and Illustration" exhibition. For more information, click hereExhibition artists are invited to speak about the influences and challenges in creating art which speak to contemporary issues. 


This week, Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Levin, spoke about "The Future of the Past in America's Legacy Cities" in a lecture at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Stephanie, a national expert on urban development and historic preservation, spoke about America's legacy cities. For more about the event, click here


Did you know the population of Cuyahoga County is shrinking while Lorain County's population is on the rise? That's the topic of a recent article in the Lorain County Chronicle in which Mark Sallingdirector of the Northern Ohio Data and Information Service at Levin College, is quoted. To read the article, click here.  


Calling the police for help should be a reassurance of your safety and security, not the first step toward homelessness. It shouldn't cross your mind that calling for help might lead to homelessness, but that concern is a reality for thousands of people throughout the country under bizarrely worded city laws that encourage the eviction of domestic violence victims. This issue has become a main focus for several Levin College students, Vanessa Hemminger and Marissa Pappas, who shared their thoughts and experience in the op-ed linked here


Roberta Steinbacher Atrium, Levin College of Urban Afffairs

How can today's wealthy use philanthropy to address the challenges of the 21st century? Please join us for a lecture on Philanthropy and American Prosperity in the 21st Century led by Dr. Zoltan Acs, author of the highly respected 2014 book, Why Philanthropy Matters (Princeton University Press). For more information or to register for this forum event, click here

For 24 hours on April 7-8, 2017, the CLE Housing Hackathon will bring together more than 200 tech enthusiasts, critical thinkers, civic leaders, and residents from across the county to brainstorm and develop innovative solutions around a central question: How can we help Clevelanders in the Housing Choice Voucher program better select well-resourced neighborhoods that meet their needs? To learn more or to register, click  here.

Where: Levin College of Urban Affairs
When April, 7-8, 2017 (April is Fair Housing month) 
Why: The Cleveland Housing Hackathon is certainly a new way to look at innovation and housing. Besides amazing prizes, participants will have the opportunity to connect with amazing leaders. Mentors will be present, who will support participants and solutions.
How to Register: Click here


The Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia will hold the 2017 Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital, and Inequality June 22 and 23 in Cleveland. This biennial forum addresses a range of topics related to community and economic development, particularly those affecting low- and moderate-income communities. This year, the theme is "Transforming Regional Economies: Growth and Equity through Policy and Practice," and the Policy Summit will highlight the latest research and practitioner innovations in community and economic development in urban and rural regions. 

Drawing several hundred practitioners, policymakers, academics, bankers, elected officials, and funders from across the United States, this interactive two-day event offers research and practitioner sessions, an opening keynote address, and plenty of networking opportunities. Speakers and moderators hail from a range of respected national and regional organizations and academic institutions. This year marks the Cleveland Fed's 13th convening of this important policy forum.

Kathy HexterDirector of Levin College's Center for Community Planning and Development, and Candi Clouse, Program Manager at the Center, will be presenting evaluation work on the Greater University Circle Initiative in Cleveland. The presentation will be part of a practitioner session titled "Economic Inclusion and Anchor Institutions" scheduled for Thursday, June 22, 2017, from 2:40-4:10 p.m. All Policy Summit sessions will be held at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

The Policy Summit begins at noon on Thursday, June 22, and concludes at 1:30 pm on Friday, June 23. As a presenter, you would be eligible, under Federal Reserve System guidelines, for reimbursement of your travel expenses. In addition, we welcome you to attend any or all sessions of the Policy Summit, along with the networking reception Thursday evening, at no cost to you.


Did you know...Levin College is 40?! Professor Emerita Roberta Steinbacher recently shared a comprehensive history of Levin College that includes this little known history fact: Dr. David Sweet was appointed the first Dean of the College of Urban Affairs in 1978. 

As we look out across this anniversary year, we want your input on how we can celebrate 40 years of Levin College and acknowledge the many people who've played a role in the life of this institution over the years.  To that end, we invite you to send thoughts, reflections and comments on this milestone to Dr. Stuart Mendel, Assistant Dean for Administration, via email at 


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