Dr. Stephanie Curenton Begins Two-Year Term on BU Initiative on Cities’ Faculty Advisory Board

Associate Professor Dr. Stephanie Curenton has begun a two-year term on the Boston University Initiative on Cities (IOC) Faculty Advisory Board.

The IOC’s stated mission is “to research, promote, and advance the adaptive urban leadership strategies and policies necessary to support cities as dynamic centers of inclusive economic growth and sustainable development in the 21st century.” The IOC works toward this mission by facilitating collaboration between urban leaders, academics, and public and private organizations; by catalyzing multi-disciplinary research and connecting BU researchers with external collaborators; and by providing forums and professional opportunities that connect BU students with important urban challenges.

As part of the team supporting this mission, the Faculty Advisory Board (comprised of members of the Boston University faculty and includes tenured, non-tenured and tenure track faculty) meets quarterly and guides the Initiative’s strategic priorities and programming, and helps to promote the Initiative’s programs with their colleagues and students. Four members also participate annually, on a rotating basis, in reviewing our Early Stage Urban Research Award proposals. In the interest of promoting fresh perspective and renewal, most board members serve two year terms, with the exception of Ex Officio members who retain their posts.

In 2017, the IOC awarded funding to Dr. Curenton to disseminate her Conversation Compass work throughout Boston. Dr. Curenton’s interest in urban planning and city issues stems from her eight years of experience as a faculty member at the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University. At the IOC, Dr. Curenton plans to work with the advisory team to consider issues related to “child-friendly” cities, which support making cities safe, healthy, and educational for children from infancy through high school.

The IOC’s executive director, Katharine Lusk, welcomed Dr. Curenton to the IOC team: “We’re excited to enlist the talents of Dr Curenton and work with her over the next two years!”
To learn more about the IOC’s current projects and Fall Semester events, visit them online at bu.edu/ioc.