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Provost's Imagine Fund for Arts and Humanities

UNDERSTANDING THE CAREERS OF TWO COMMUNITY DEVELOPERS: THEIR BACKGROUNDS, MOTIVATIONS, AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

The purpose of the project is to chronicle the careers of two developers of affordable housing. The subjects are unique in that they are African American females with decades of experience developing and managing housing for low-to-moderate families along the Central Corridor. An understanding of their experiences and motivations to pursue funding and influence the development of the Central Corridor in Saint Paul may shed light on the skills and fortitude involved in transforming communities through good functional design. Furthermore, the narratives with rich descriptions of the participants’ careers including their struggles and successes are expected to inform and inspire emerging professionals. The stories collected and translated in the project may help ensure that the redevelopment of the Central Corridor in Saint Paul includes good design, increases the tax base, and meets the needs of business while providing affirming, affordable housing and services for families historically marginalized in the urban context. Furthermore, narrative with rich descriptions of the participants’ careers are likely to address issues of power, justice, and marginalization that apply to a broad audience and need to be addressed in the development and broader communities.
The project is founded on my scholarship; it informs marginalized families’ access to housing and neighborhood amenities through exploration of providers’ point of view. Although, I am inexperienced in conducting multiple, in-depth interviews with targeted participants, I have expertise in qualitative methods and am motivated to develop deeper research skills. It also builds on partnerships with diverse community organizations.

First Name: 
Marilyn
Last Name: 
Bruin
E-mail Address: 
Campus: 
Twin Cities
Department: 
Design, Housing & Apparel