Background – Blog posts from ‘Urban Issues in Public Policy’ students

As blog readers (and Twitter followers) will now by now, the Urban Initiative partnered with UMass Dartmouth Professor Gloria de Sa and her students this semester to support project-based learning. The almost 30 students in SOC/ANT 350, titled ‘Urban Issues in Public Policy,’ undertook community-based research projects that focused on issues in Fall River and New Bedford. One of their required deliverables, along with a presentation of their findings, was a post for this blog detailing their work and findings. Over the next month, we’ll be posting their work on the blog and linking to their reports via this post. Here are the research questions students set out to answer:

  • What is it like to live on minimum wage in New Bedford?
  • What is the state of affordable housing in New Bedford?
  • What’s it like to be a homeless adult, child, or family in our region? (3 groups)
  • What’s the difference between perceived and actual crime in Fall River and New Bedford?
  • How is opioid addiction affecting our region’s cities?

Note: As always, views expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative or of UMass Dartmouth. In some cases, the text provided by these students has been abridged for length and content considerations; this is denoted by ellipses.

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