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Sit in on an exclusive two-part faculty presentation on Monday, April 27, and Tuesday, April 28, to learn more about the research of these Dyson professors their and exploration of issues facing nonprofits and social enterprises.

The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship invites everyone in the Pace Community to their upcoming faculty fellowship research presentations. The first will feature Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Administration Gina Scutelnicu, and the second, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences Anne Toomey. Through this important faculty fellowship program, fellows propose and develop research focused on the identification and analysis of issues facing nonprofits and social enterprises.

It’s always important for students to stay up-to-date on what their professors are working on, and now, you’ll get a first-hand look:

“Nonprofit corporations as alternative public service delivery mechanisms in New York” with Professor Gina Scutelnicu
Monday, April 27, 2020
5:30 p.m.
Email the Wilson Center for the Zoom link

“The environmental justice of urban blue spaces: assessing uses, meanings and perceptions of a threatened waterfront in New York City” with Professor Anne Toomey
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Email the Wilson Center for the Zoom link


For more information about their specific presentations, see below:

  • >> On Monday, April 27: Professor Gina Scutelnicu’s research takes a closer look at a common trend in American governance: collaborations among public and nonprofit institutions delivering public services that affect local communities. The state of New York enabled the creation of special purpose entities called local development corporations (LDCs) with the purpose of providing services in the area of economic development. LDCs are nonprofit corporations, created by local governments of general purpose such as counties, cities, towns and villages, with the aim of serving a public purpose. While LDCs present an alternative avenue for financing economic development little is known about their effectiveness.

  • >> On Tuesday, April 28: It is estimated that by 2030 more than 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, the majority of which are located in coastal or riparian regions. Urbanization along waterfront areas has led to widespread destruction of coastal wetlands, shorelines, and reefs, where sewage runoff, dredging, and overharvesting have majorly destructive ecological impacts. However, some studies have suggested that even in polluted areas, urban waterscapes provide recreation, income, and food for significant numbers of people. Professor Anne Toomey’s talk will explore the uses, perceptions, and meanings associated with urban waterfronts through a mixed methods analysis of the Coney Island Creek, Brooklyn.

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