November 6, 2009

The challenges of community planning extend beyond American cities and regions into villages, cities, and neighborhoods world-wide. In summer 2009, CRP students conducted a viability and vitality assessment of a community school in Nairobi, Kenya. They worked closely with community members and conducted field visits, sensitized parties to the process, interviewed a wide range of stakeholders, and held a community forum.

This student-led City Forum will focus on the students’ work, the challenges they faced, and the lessons learned from this experience.

Robyn T. Emerson, CRP student and board member of Providence Ministries. Robyn has worked in Kenya on the Nation's national development plan, VISION 2030 and with other national organizations as a consultant developing strategic plans and their monitoring and evaluation plans.

Nathan Laughlin, CRP Student and lead engineer for the Lower Colorado River Authority.

S. Bennett Powell, a CRP student.

For more information on the UTSOA City Forum series, visit

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