UWM Urban Studies Programs
18th Annual Student Forum

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Urban Studies Programs at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee will host the 18th Annual Student Forum at the Edith S. Hefter Conference Center, 3271 N Lake Drive. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The Forum concludes at 5:30 p.m.

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The Student Forum provides a comfortable venue for students, alumni, and faculty to come together to investigate and discuss the complexities of the urban milieu. Organized by graduate students in the Urban Studies Programs, the Forum reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum as well as the varying interests of a diverse student body.

The Forum gives students opportunities to sharpen their presentation skills and to receive constructive feedback from other scholars who share an interest in the urban environment. Master's and Doctoral students present their research—class papers, theses, or dissertation chapters—in the professional, yet relaxed, atmosphere of the Forum. In addition, undergraduates in the USP Senior Seminar are provided an opportunity to display their research during the poster session at the Forum.

The Forum is structured around panels of two to three presenters grouped according to topic. Each presentation is expected to last approximately 15 minutes with a brief question and answer period to follow.

Annually, three prestigious awards are presented at the Forum that recognize past and current students in urban studies: the Scott Greer award for Postgraduate Contribution to Urban Affairs, the Scott Greer Award for Postgraduate Achievement in Advancing Understanding of Urban Social Institutions, and the Scott Greer Award for Outstanding Research in Urban Studies, which is awarded to a current graduate student presenting a paper at the conference. Scott Greer was Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at UWM from 1974 until his death in 1996. He was the first director of the doctoral program in Urban Social Institutions at its founding in 1975. Scott Greer was an internationally renowned urban scholar, and a published poet.

At this year’s Forum, there will also be an opportunity to talk to our keynote speaker, Dr. Silvia Domínguez. Dr. Domínguez is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Human Services at Northeastern University, and is an internationally renowned author and scholar. Her passion and knowledge is evident in her contributions to the scholarship on the welfare of women, children and minorities. Currently, Dr. Domínguez serves on a number of committees and taskforces, including the Urban Health Research Institute, the Brudnick Center for the Study of Conflict and Violence, and as an independent Forensic Evaluator for the State of Massachusetts. Additionally, Dr. Domínguez has been recognized by the United States Census Bureau as an ethnography expert in low-income populations. Dr. William Velez, Dr. Domínguez’s contemporary and a Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, observes,

In contrast to the overtly deterministic approach of many sociological studies, which see individual actors as unwitting victims of an oppressive set of structural and institutional forces, Dr. Domínguez shows how immigrant women display agency, that is, to be self-propelling agents who interact with each other and develop support and leverage networks to facilitate socioeconomic mobility.

Dr. Velez’s insight into Dr. Domínguez’s work is perhaps reflective of Dr. Domínguez’s book, Getting Ahead: Social Mobility, Public Housing and Immigrant Networks, in which Dr. Domínguez explores how gender, race, and nationality influence and may even predict mobility.

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