The keynote speaker will be David C. Berliner, who is Regents Professor of Education at Arizona State University. Sandra E. Echeverría, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), will give the closing address. The panels will feature Jean Anyon (CUNY Graduate Center), Junius Williams (Rutgers-Newark, Abbott Leadership Institute), Nancy Zak (Ironbound Community Corporation), Irene Cooper-Basch (Victoria Foundation), Naa Oyo Kwate (Rutgers University), Tony Schuman (NJIT), Ras Baraka (Principal of Central High School), and Lauren Wells (New York University). A cocktail reception will follow a day of paper presentations and panels.
Urban Systems is a joint PhD program hosted by the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University- Newark, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The program in Urban Systems examines the complex interrelationships within urban environments, including the social, cultural, political, economic, geographic, organizational, and bioenvironmental factors that influence urban populations under three specializations: 1) Urban Educational Policy, 2) Urban Environment, and 3) Urban Health.