Social Justice and Unincorporated Communities in America: A Symposium

9:15−10: 15 a.m. 240 Hans Bethe House

  • Documentary on institutional exclusion in North Carolina

10:30−11:30 a.m. 240 Hans Beth House

  • Carol Henry, president of Jackson Hamlet Community Action

12:20−1:45 p.m. Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall

  • Ann Moss Joyner is cofounder of the Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities

2−3 p.m. Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall

  • Solana Rice, a program associate at PolicyLink

3:30−4:30 p.m. Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall

  • Panel discussion with Carol Henry, Ann Moss Joyner, Solana Rice

6−8 p.m. Miller-Heller House

  • Dinner (open to all)

Sponsored by the Department of City and Regional Planning, the Organization of Cornell Planners, and the Graduate Professional Student Association

Carol Henry, president of Jackson Hamlet Community Action, has been involved for several years in organizing residents in the Jackson Hamlet community of North Carolina to advocate for services for their community which has been excluded from the nearby municipality. She comes to the symposium with a wealth of experience fighting the issues of institutional exclusion of communities.

Ann Moss Joyner is cofounder of the Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities, a research and technical assistance nonprofit known for applying GIS mapping skills to the analysis of racial discrimination. She has a range of career experiences, including newspaper reporter, management consultant, and land developer, where she mastered land-use and zoning regulations. Joyner applies this knowledge in analyses of exclusion of minority neighborhoods across the country. Joyner has managed and participated in research and outreach programs, and has served as an expert consultant in numerous civil rights legal cases.

She is coauthor of “Minority Exclusion in Small Town America,” in Poverty and Race, March/April 2005; “Racial Apartheid in a Small Southern Town,” in the Review of Black Political Economy, 2003; and “Standards for Extending Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction: Written in Black and White?” She was a coinvestigator on a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development grant, Racial Segregation in Small Southern Towns, examining the nature and effects of racial segregation created and maintained by the local political geography and developing alternative spatial measures of segregation incorporating the political geography. She is currently an expert consultant on on-going legal cases involving exclusion, zoning, and racially isolated schools as well as a coinvestigator in the National Children’s Study. Joyner received a bachelor of arts from New College and her master of business administration from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.

Solana Rice, a program associate at PolicyLink, researches the implementation of federal policies related to building and sustaining healthy communities and also contributes to data and mapping analysis for many PolicyLink issue areas. She has a background in planning, community development, and asset-building strategies. Prior to PolicyLink, Rice worked as a comprehensive planner with the St. Louis County Department of Planning where she helped develop the county’s strategic plan, facilitated interdepartmental County policies, and coordinated community-level organizing. Rice holds a master of city planning from MIT and a bachelors of architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.