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Maria Belen Power suing Exxon Mobil on climate preparedness
January 2, 2017
Current MPP student and Neighborhood Fellow Maria Belen Power was recently featured in the Boston Globe, as one of the activists from Chelsea joining a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil. Maria Belen, an environmental justice organizer with Chelsea GreenRoots, says that Exxon Mobil’s Everett Terminal facility abutting Chelsea is not prepared for sea level rise and is putting surrounding residents at even more risk. Exxon's facility in Everett was fined $6 million in 2008 for a 15,000 gallon oil spill into the Mystic River.
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UEP Welcomes its 2016 Neighborhood Fellows!
October 18, 2016
Please join us in welcoming UEP's 2016 Neighborhood Fellows: Mary Wambui, Bayoán Rosselló-Cornier, Maria Belen Power, and Abrigal Forrester. The Neighborhood Fellowship recruits experienced urban leaders each year to UEP's mid-career Master of Public Policy (MPP) program. Its objective is to increase enrollment among people of color who work in urban communities in Boston and surrounding cities on issues of urban community politics, economics, education, housing and social life. Fellows receive a full-tuition scholarship and have deep experience and significant leadership in their work with urban communities. The Fellows enrich the department with their experiences and share their expertise and perspectives with the UEP and broader Tufts community.
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UEP Students Complete 9 Field Projects in Spring 2016
June 20, 2016
Each spring, UEP's first year MA students work on teams for the entire semester on projects with real-world partners through the Field Projects course. This year, nine projects were completed with a diverse array of community, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. UEP teams addressed community and social issues, such as building democratic dialogue and capacity in an increasingly diverse Medford, promoting community land trusts in Boston as a strategy to prevent gentrification, and improving state programs for transition-age youth who are timing out of the foster-care system. Several projects addressed critical environmental issues, such as exploring community-shared solar for low and moderate income communities in Massachusetts, developing a map to assess food access in Massachusetts, and identifying opportunities to build more parks and open space in Somerville. Projects also took on planning and design for an ocean-side park in Swampscott, a new bicycle and pedestrian path connecting Roslindale to Forest Hills in Boston, and the creation of a cultural district in Chelsea.
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Field Projects Report Cited in Boston Globe Article on Chinatown Housing
May 23, 2016
Looking into the ongoing situation of declining populations in Chinatowns across the United State, a Boston Globe article recently cited a 2007 UEP Field Projects report, Housing in Chinatown: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, examining Boston's Chinatown and its history. As Boston housing prices increase, more residents in Chinatown are finding themselves in an unaffordable location. The article calls for more housing capacity in the city as Boston will need an estimated 440,000 new units of housing by 2040. Learn more >

Jon Diaz featured on Tufts GSAS Website
March 2, 2016
Second year MA student Jonathan Diaz was featured in the Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences School of Engineering website. In the article he speaks about his experience in the UEP masters program and learning the human element in studying human behaviors and patterns. Called an agent of change on campus and beyond, Jon has earned the Gerald Gill Fellowship, Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service, a fellow with the Department of Energy in summer 2015 and a Clean Energy Fellow with the Massachusetts Sierra Club in the fall. Upon graduating in May, Jon will start working in June for the US Department of Energy with the National Nuclear Security Administration. Learn more >

UEP dual degree student Caitlin Matthews experience as an Intern for the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic
March 2, 2016
As a Legal Intern at the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) in the summer of 2015, UEP dual degree student Caitlin Matthews worked on three main projects: policy briefs on food security in Bolivia, policy agenda and structure recommendations for the Boston Food Policy Council, and revising and updating the Land Use & Planning chapter of the forthcoming 2016 edition of "Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities." In these projects, her main tasks were to research food policy in the United States, Bolivia, and around the world working in collaboration with FLPC staff and partner organizations and government entities. Through the Clinic's connections, she had the opportunity to participate in food policy meetings and conferences, including a Boston Food Policy Council meeting where she presented, the "Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds" School Food Conference at Harvard, and a Boston Urban Ag Visioning (Article 89) session.

Her work with FLPC and Fundación Alternativas culminated in four recently published policy briefs that explore the links between food security and issues of particular social and political interest in Bolivia. Fundación Alternativas will use these brief in their outreach to elected officials and diverse civil society organizations in order to heighten awareness of the challenge of food security, its connection to other pressing issues in Bolivian society, and potential policy approaches to improve food security.