The city, in partnership with the Boulder Chamber and the Urban Land Institute, is hosting a Housing Equity Symposium with local and national speakers and an introduction by Congressman Joe Neguse. This event aims to raise awareness and understanding of Boulder’s history related to race and class, how it impacts the city’s current housing challenges and to begin a community dialogue to identify specific actions to address long-standing inequities.


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Cost: Free, but registration is required

Location: eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 10

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cash Bar available

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  • Welcome and introduction: Joe Neguse, Congressman from Colorado’s Second District
  • Presentation “A Brief History of Race, Class and Housing in Boulder”: Clay Fong
  • Presentation “Voices from Boulder Residents”: Dr. Jennifer Fluri
  • Panel discussion
  • Questions from the audience
  • Closing remarks


Lisa Bender – President, Minneapolis City Council

Lisa Bender

She has a bachelor's degree in biology and Spanish from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She has over a decade of experience working to make cities more equitable and sustainable.

Prior to running for office, Lisa worked as a City Planner for the City of San Francisco, at the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

She also co-founded the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, an organization dedicated to making bicycling safer and more accessible for more people.

Dr. Abby Hickcox – Associate Director, Arts & Sciences Honors Program, University of Colorado, co-founder Boulder Affordable Housing Regional Initiative

Abby Hickcox

Abby Hickcox brings an interdisciplinary perspective within the Social Sciences to the Honors Program. She earned a BA in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College in 2000. In 2006 she received a master’s of science from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Her master’s research investigated the privatization of common property (the Mexican ejido) in a national protected area in western Mexico. She earned her PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado in 2012 and joined the Honors faculty the same year.

Geography itself is an interdisciplinary field, encompassing human geography, environment-society geography, physical geography, and Geographic Information Science. Dr. Hickcox’s expertise lies within the human geography subfield and focuses on the relationship between people and the environment. Her areas of research include parks and protected areas, environmentalism, environmental justice, racism, racialization, white racial privilege, and the politics of belonging and exclusion. Specifically, through examination of historical and contemporary data, her research addresses the complicated overlap between environmentalism, progressive politics, and racism in Boulder, Colorado.

Dr. Tiffany Manuel, PhD – President & CEO, TheCaseMade

Tiffany DrT

DrT (as she prefers to be called) is a dynamic speaker, best-selling author and the President and CEO of TheCaseMade, an organization dedicated to helping leaders powerfully and intentionally make the case for systems change. In her role at TheCaseMade, DrT works with hundreds of passionate social changemakers, innovators and adaptive leaders around the United States who are building better, stronger communities that are diverse, equitable and inclusive. By aligning their community stakeholders around the kind of deep systems changes that can improve population outcomes, these leaders are able to grow their impact, scale their programs, and harness the investments they need to improve their communities.

DrT grew up in Detroit, Michigan during one of the most turbulent times in the city’s history. It was because of the challenges of that experience that she champions better policy, programs, investments and services that can transform our cities and communities for the better. It is also the reason that DrT has worked to expand opportunity, equity and inclusion through 25+ years of professional and volunteer experience spanning the private and non-profit sectors, government and academia. Trained as a social scientist in quantitative and qualitative methods, she is a selfprofessed “data, policy, and messaging wonk!” She is passionate about translating the insights harvested from her research and practice to improve our ability to build public will around the critical issues that matter most. She holds doctorate and master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a master’s degree in political science from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.

DrT has served on numerous nonprofit and social-impact boards and is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, an African American public service sorority.

COVID-19 Protocols

The event will follow all county and city requirements (currently there is an indoor mask requirement for all city events and organizers will find a venue that is well ventilated and allows for social distancing)

Two weeks prior to the event, the organizers and panel participants will determine if the event should be in person or moved online. The preference is in person.

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