The Fall semester Open Classroom will bring together public officials, Northeastern faculty and students, and Boston community stakeholders to discuss affordable housing, gentrification, and homelessness; land use planning; public safety; economic mobility and disparities; transportation; cultural planning; changing demographics and immigration; public education; public health; and innovation and technology.

DateTopicDiscussion PointsSpeakers
September
6Imagine Boston 2030 - Engaging a City-Overview of IB2030

-Demographic changes in Boston over time

-What does “engagement” with the City of Boston mean?
-Natalia Urtubey, Executive Director Imagine Boston 2030

-Vineet Gupta, Director of Planning at BTD

-Andrea Burns, Director at Age Friendly Boston

-Michael Dukakis, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University; former Governor of Massachusetts

-Ted Landsmark, Distinguished Professor, Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy
13Housing a Changing City-Preparing for growth

-Affordable Housing

-Gentrification
-Sheila Dillon, Chief of Housing and Director of DND

-Devin Quirk, Director of Operations at DND

-Barry Bluestone, Russell B. and Andree B. Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy

-Tamara Roy, Principal, Stantec
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Ending Chronic Homelessness-Understanding the system

-Creating systems change
-Laila Bernstein, Advisor to the Mayor for the Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness at City of Boston

-Thomas Byrne, Assistant Professor, Boston University

-Libby Hayes, Executive Director, Homes for Families
27Boston Creates Implementation-Cultural Plan

-Cultural Facilities Study
-Julie Burros, Chief of Arts & Culture for the City of Boston

-Kara Elliot-Ortega, Director of Planning and Policy, Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture at City of Boston

-Matt Wilson, Executive Director, MASSCreative

-L’Merchie Frazier, Visual Artist and Director of Education at the Museum of African American History

-Kelly Brilliant, Executive Director of the Fenway Alliance
October
4Public Safety and Public Health-Office of Public Safety/My Brother’s Keeper

-Office of Recovery Services
-Daniel Mulhern, Director of Public Safety for the City of Boston

-Conan Harris, Director of MBK

-Brendan Little, Policy Director for the Office of Recovery Services, City of Boston

-Wendy Parmet, George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Northeastern University

-Monica Valdes Lupi, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission
11Economic Development and Opportunity-Small Business Plan/Small Business Center

-Promoting Economic Mobility
-Steve Grossman, CEO, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

-Karilyn Crockett, Director of Economic Policy and Research for the City of Boston

-Kwamina Panford, Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies, Northeastern University
18Climate-Ready Boston-Planning Process

-Implementation
-Austin Blackmon, Chief of Energy, Environment and Open Space for the City of Boston

-Joan Fitzgerald, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University

-Matthew J. Eckelman,
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University

-Lee P. Breckenridge, Professor of Law, Northeastern University
25Office of Workforce Development-Children’s Savings Accounts

-Building Pathways/Operation Exit

-Boston Bridge/Tuition-free Community College
-Midori Morikawa, Deputy Director of Workforce and Policy Development for the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, BPDA

-Alicia Sasser Modestino, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Economics; Associate Director, Dukakis Center

-Ed Gaskin, Executive Director, Grove Hall Main Streets

-Kim Lucas, Civic Research Director, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics
November
1Planning for Eliminating Racial Inequalities in Boston-Internal steps to address employment within the city

-Stats about being a person of color in Boston
-Ted Landsmark, Distinguished Professor, Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

-Tania Del Rio, Deputy Director of the Office of Diversity

-Sheena Collier, Director of Economic Opportunity from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

-Allentza Michel, Fairmount Indigo Network Coordinator for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Founder, Principal & Creative Director for Powerful Pathways
8Building Ladders of Opportunity at BPS-Universal pre-k

-Build BPS
-Rahn Dorsey, Chief of Education

-Ben Vainer, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Mayor’s Education Cabinet, City of Boston

-John Portz, Professor of Political Science
15Office of Immigrant Advancement -Demographic changes

-Services provided by the Office

-Sanctuary cities
-Christina Kim, Research Manager, Boston Planning and Development Agency

-Sammy Nabulsi, Assistant Corporation Counsel, Boston Law Department

-Carol Leon, Outreach and Community Engagement Coordinator, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Advancement
29Innovation And Data-Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

-Department of Innovation and Technology

-Citywide Analytics Team
-Nigel Jacob, Co-founder and Co-chair of the Mayor’s office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM)

-Andrew Therriault, Chief Data Officer

-Stefanie Costa Leabo, Deputy Director of Performance Management

-Dan O’Brien, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice; Co-Director, Boston Area Research Initiative

-Christo Wilson, Assistant Professor; Director, BS in Cybersecurity Program, Northeastern University

-Dietmar Offenhuber, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
December
6Racial Disparities, Resilience, and OpportunityTBD-Atyia Martin, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Boston

-Jennie Stephens, Dean's Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, Northeastern University

-Jack McDevitt, Associate Dean for Research, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; Director, Institute on Race and Justice

-Richard L. O’Bryant, Advisory Board Member, Humanities Center; Director, John D. O'Bryant African American Institute, Northeastern University
13Next Steps, Implementing Policies to Achieve a Vision of Boston as a City of IdeasTBD-Ted Landsmark, Distinguished Professor, Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

-Rick Dimino, President and CEO of A Better City

-Barbara Lewis, Director; William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, UMass Boston