The Center for Urban Research and Education’s (CURE) Seminar Series will conclude its spring season on Friday, May 3, with a presentation by Zachary D. Wood, Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Urban Studies and Community Development. His research interests include issues of urban poverty and social change through civic engagement and political advocacy. Zachary’s most recent research explores the role of non-profits as advocates for social change. He is currently finalizing his PhD in Public Affairs at Rutgers University, with a specialization in Community Development.

For the CURE seminar, Mr. Wood will present, “Advocating Against the Grain: Examining the Importance of Local Contexts on Advocacy Behavior Among Homeless Service Organizations.” The abstract is as follows:

“Advocacy is viewed as an integral function of human service organizations, which represent many of our most disenfranchised groups. Yet the advocacy road for these organizations is fraught with complexities and barriers, often leading to adulterated or nonexistent advocacy activities. This paper explores this complicated arena through the use of a case study of homeless service organizations across two cities, with a keen eye on the perceptions and choices made by nonprofit leaders as they navigate the advocacy dilemma.”

The event will take place on Friday, May 3 at 12:15 p.m. in Armitage Hall’s Faculty Lounge.  Lunch will be served.  All are welcome to this free event. Questions may be directed to Ms. Lisa Alston