News and Upcoming Events

Community Change Collaborative (CCC) Meetings are held most Thursdays at 11 a.m. in the Graduate Life Center, Room C.
The CCC is an interdisciplinary graduate student group hosted by the VT Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG). We explore the frameworks of scholars and practitioners working in community development through a Forum speaker series, community-based research projects, and the graduate student-run Community Change journal. For more information, please contact Heather Parrish, IPG Executive Assistant and Media Support (

Community Change journal: Call for submissions focused on environmental topics: Issues feature scholarly refereed articles, book reviews, essays, and other work, including multimedia and artwork. Interdisciplinary scholarship is strongly encouraged. In addition to manuscripts relating to new developments, we welcome submissions that re-examine or challenge the questions and assumptions underpinning current theoretical and practical approaches to community development and change. Community Change will also feature shorter scholarly works that address guest speakers’ lectures, interviews, and roundtable events. The journal is currently looking for graduate students interested in editorial or peer review positions. Please contact for more information.

CCC Upcoming Events:

Thursday, Jan. 24th, 2019: CCC Forum with Theresa Williamson, Ph.D. City and Regional Planning, Executive Director of Catalytic Communities and RioOnWatch in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Join us the first week of second semester for a documentary showing and roundtable discussion, podcast interview, and public lecture featuring Dr. Williamson’s work. Catalytic Communities and RioOnWatch raise awareness and improve quality of life in Rio’s favelas through community organizing and comprehensive reporting. Favelas are informal dwellings that arise due to a need for affordable housing, and though they often lack full public services, they are vibrant and adaptable urban spaces housing nearly 1.5 million people in Rio.
All events in the Graduate Life Center, Room F:
1:30 p.m., Documentary & Roundtable Discussion
2:30 p.m., Podcast Interview
4:30 p.m., Lecture: “Realizing Favelas As a Sustainable Model via Insurgent Planning: Rethinking Our Assumptions in Sustainable Development”
This event made possible with generous support from the Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series and the Institute for Policy and Governance.


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