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2012 Gentrification Series on Protecting Displaced Tenants from Redevelopment Projects

Panelists Blanca Zamora-Garcia, Will Schneir, and Robert Doggett

Presentation on the U.S. Census and Segregation in Austin

Presentation on the U.S. Census and Segregation in Austin

City of Austin Demographer Ryan Robinson

2011 Conference on Connecting Affordable Homes to Transit-Oriented Development in the Austin Region

2011 Conference on Connecting Affordable Homes to Transit-Oriented Development in the Austin Region

City of Austin Mayor Leffingwell and other panelists field questions

2011 Conference on Connecting Affordable Homes to Transit-Oriented Development in the Austin Region

City of Austin Mayor Leffingwell and other panelists field questions

The Opportunity Forum
is an interdisciplinary collaboration of University of Texas faculty working to foster the expansion of equitable opportunities for low-income Texans. Through applied research, educational forums, and experiential learning opportunities, the Forum engages the University and community leaders in developing inclusive strategies to improve low-income Texans' access to economic opportunities and to foster stronger and more equitable communities.

Opportunity News

UT Opportunity Forum Presents — Incentivizing Equitable and Sustainable Growth

On February 6th, join us for this timely session on ensuring that economic development subsidies for companies contribute to equitable and sustainable growth in our region. The session will also explore how to make economic development subsidies more transparent and accountable. Greg LeRoy, the Executive Director of Good Jobs First, will provide a keynote address followed by an interactive panel discussion with elected officials and local economic development experts. Registration: Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Online event registration is available at: https://incentivizinggrowth.eventbrite.com

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UT Opportunity Forum Presents — Fair Chance Hiring: Reducing Criminal Record Barriers to Employment

On November 14th, join us for our event, Fair Chance Hiring: Reducing Criminal Record Barriers to Employment.  An estimated 12 million individuals have a criminal record in Texas. Nationally, the number is over 77 million – nearly 1 in every 3 American adults. Many negative consequences flow from a criminal history, creating potentially lifelong barriers to housing, employment, government benefits, educational opportunity, and other resources necessary for building a stable and productive life. Come hear Maurice Emsellem, Program Director at the National Employment Law Project, and David Kirk, sociology professor at The University of Texas at Austin, speak on the significant role criminal records play in creating barriers to employment and the risks that come with a lack of meaningful employment opportunity. The opening presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts to consider the implications for Texas and strategies being used at state and local levels to address the crisis. Registration: Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.  Online event registration is available at:  https://fair-chance-hiring-reducing-criminal-recordbarrier.eventbrite.com

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Opportunity Research

Adding an “e” to TOD, Best Practices for Incorporating Equity in Transit Oriented Development: A Guide to Creating eTOD for Austin’s Project Connect

Leahy, Patrick. Adding an "e" to TOD, Best Practices for Incorporating Equity in Transit Oriented Development: A Guide to Creating eTOD for Austin's Project Connect. Prepared for HousingWorks Austin by the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Law. Austin, TX, May 2014.

Adding an “e” to TOD, Best Practices for Incorporating Equity in Transit Oriented Development: A Guide to Creating eTOD for Austin’s Project Connect

Leahy, Patrick. Adding an "e" to TOD, Best Practices for Incorporating Equity in Transit Oriented Development: A Guide to Creating eTOD for Austin's Project Connect. Prepared for HousingWorks Austin by the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Law. Austin, TX, May 2014.