The Voces Ciudadanas’ Interim Sunset Park Library Campaign is a community-led project involving multiple community and grassroots organizations in Sunset Park. The campaign seeks to keep for the community the space currently used by the Interim Public Library as the new library opens in the Fall of 2023. This project has been developed by students from the MS Design and Urban Ecologies program in partnership with Voces Ciudadanas, a grassroots organization founded to create an alternative space for neighbors to come together and engage in dialogue about gentrification and other issues affecting Brooklyn’s Sunset Park.
The Cooper Square Community Land Trust Oral History Project aims to reveal, honor, and preserve the voices and stories of all of those who have protected the land and housing of its diverse community and keeping it affordable in perpetuity.
The Voces Ciudadanas Oral History Project aims to unearth the voices and memories of Brooklyn’s Sunset Park residents who have been involved in creating community spaces for the benefit of all.
This research-based design project is being developed by MS Design and Urban Ecologies students in collaboration with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. The project seeks to envision innovative organizing and planning tools to help underserved and immigrant communities build capacity as they start their recovery efforts. The tools will become part of LISC’s community-planning process ensuring equity and inclusion which remains at the center of the organization’s planning and collective impact process.
Kevin McQueen —Associate Director Kevin McQueen leads the Community Development Finance Lab at the Milano’s Nonprofit Management, Public and Urban Policy Program at The New School. He is currently the Director of Lending at Leviticus Fund, an organization rooted in
Mia Charlene White —Associate Director Mia Charlene Whiteis a parent, daughter, differently-abled dreamer from Queens, currently Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in theEnvironmental Studies Program at The New School for Public Engagement,with a co-teaching appointment at the Milano School for