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2020–2021 NLC Menino Fellowship Applications Due August 23

The Initiative on Cities (IOC) is now accepting applications for the 2020–2021 NLC Menino Fellowship! This two semester fellowship provides one BU undergraduate student with the opportunity to explore an interest in public service, city-level programs and policies, and municipal leadership on behalf of children, youth, and families through a semester-long directed study and semester-long […]

Confronting Systemic Racism: Policing, Mass Incarceration, and Black Lives Matter

On June 23, 2020 the Initiative on Cities (IOC) hosted Confronting Systemic Racism: Policing, Mass Incarceration, and Black Lives Matter. Kimberly Atkins, Senior News Correspondent for WBUR and MSNBC contributor, facilitated an in-depth discussion with BU experts: Paula Austin, Assistant Professor of History & African American Studies, BU College of Arts & Sciences; Author of Coming […]

Opportunity Zones: How Are They Working for Cities?

On June 10, 2020, the Initiative on Cities (IOC) hosted an online briefing to share new research and perspectives on how the federal Opportunity Zones policy is working for cities, including how it can be used as a tool for COVID-19 economic recovery. The webinar featured findings from the IOC’s national Menino Survey of Mayors […]

COVID-19 Research to Action Seed Grant Awards

The Boston University Initiative on Cities (IOC) is proud to announce the recipients of its COVID-19 Urban Research-to-Action call for proposals. Five faculty-led teams will receive seed grant awards to help catalyze new research focused on understanding and addressing the disproportionate impacts the COVID-19 pandemic is having on marginalized urban residents. Selected teams represent the […]

MetroBridge Announces Menu of Project Options for Local Governments and Community Organizations

Despite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that the financial and operational impacts on local governments and community organizations will be severe. In acknowledgement of these difficult times ahead, the Initiative on Cities wants to make you aware of the ways the MetroBridge program can help you fill capacity gaps and continue to move projects forward. We have developed a “menu” of […]

2020 Early Stage Urban Research Awards

In Spring 2020, the Initiative on Cities issued its sixth request for proposals to support early stage academic research endeavors focused on urban challenges and urban populations, both domestic and global. We received 27 applications from 16 schools and departments at BU, and and we are thrilled to announce we have funded ten projects, including […]