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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 Dayton International Peace Museum at 10 N. Ludlow Street, Dayton OH 45402, and the Dayton Metro Library, at 215 E. Third Street, Dayton OH 45402.

The symposium is free and open to the public

About the symposium

Keynote Presentations

  • 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
  • Shannon Isom, CEO of YWCA Dayton which strives to eliminate racism and empower women. An active participant in her community including serving on numerous committees, boards, and initiatives, Isom is the recipient of many leadership honors.   
  • 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.
The full schedule will be available in 2023.


  • CultureWorks
  • Dayton International Peace Museum
  • 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 the Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences, Dr. Leslie Picca at or call 937-229-2138.