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Imagining Community Symposium

Imagining Community Symposium: Housing Justice and Flourishing Neighborhoods

The Imagining Community Symposium is a space for community partners across the Miami Valley to come together in a space of education, dialogue and action. The symposium is open to all community members, activists, artists, students, scholars and academics with the goal of exploring the history, legacy and impact of injustice in Dayton, and strategies for moving toward a more just, equitable and inclusive Dayton.

What: The 2nd Annual Symposium. Imagining Community: Housing Justice and Flourishing Neighborhoods

When: Thursday, Feb. 16 through Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023

Where: The Hub Powered by PNC Bank at the Dayton Arcade (Enter through the Arcade entrance at 35 W. Fourth Street, Dayton, OH 45402); Events will also take place at the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community at 1401 S. Main Street, Dayton, OH 45409, and the Dayton Metro Library, at 215 E. Third Street, Dayton OH 45402.

The symposium is free and open to the public

Advanced registration is now available for free through the EventBrite. On-site registration will be available, however, advanced registration is appreciated, especially if accessible requests are needed. Please note that the Friday afternoon Keynote Workshop with Dr. Lawrence Brown has limited space and requires advanced registration through EventBrite. For more information, email


About the symposium

Keynote Presentations

  • Aaliyah Baker, Assistant professor of Educational Administration whose research and practice have centered around building anti-racist communities of practice, cultural competence in higher education and developing critical consciousness.
  • Lawrence Brown, author of "The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race & Space in America" and Research Scientist in the Center for Urban Health Equity at Morgan State University
  • Tim Thomas, Research Director for Urban Displacement Project at UC Berkeley

Additional Events

  • The Evicted exhibit at Dayton Metro LIbrary, inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted.
  • Concurrent sessions from artists, community organizers, scholars, educators, faith leaders, local businesses and others working for positive change in Dayton.
  • A pre-symposium event, Opening Reception of the Eviction Exhibit and Right to Counsel Film, is scheduled for 6-8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13 at Dayton Metro Library. (Register for pre-symposium event)
  • A pre-symposium event, a viewing of the documentary Lead Me Homeis scheduled for 4-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15 at The Neon. (Register for pre-symposium event)
  • The Dialogue Zone will be hosting a book read on the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. More information can be found on the Dialogue Zone website.


  • CultureWorks
  • Dayton Metro Libraries
  • Sinclair Community College
  • The Hub Powered by PNC at the Dayton Arcade
  • Wright State University
  • University of Dayton: Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences; Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

For more information, please email