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Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences

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 (Feb. 16-18, 2023)

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


  • 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


Leslie H. Picca, Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences

St. Joseph Hall, Room 410
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469