Thursday February 5, 2009

The Future of Dayton Development

The leader of a local educational nonprofit organization is coming to campus Feb. 10 to discuss women's roles in future Dayton development.

This month, Ann Higdon, founder and president of Improved Solutions for Urban Systems (ISUS Inc.), will be on campus to speak on the future of development in the Dayton region and the integral roles women can have in it.

Higdon will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Kennedy Union Torch Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

ISUS is a community-based organization in Dayton that creates charter schools to prepare students for careers in construction, health care, advanced manufacturing and information technology. ISUS students have built or rehabilitated more than 25 single-family homes and an eight-unit apartment building in addition to transforming an old plumbing supply warehouse into a charter school.

The presentation is the second in the Celebrate Dayton Speaker Series sponsored by the Dayton Civic Scholars program. The series seeks to expand understanding of pressing issues facing the greater Dayton area.

The Dayton Civic Scholars program, part of UD's Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, is designed for students interested in urban affairs and public service. The program creates a pathway from the classroom to community leadership.

Each Dayton Civic Scholars cohort — 15 students from each class year — is responsible for developing and implementing a capstone focus project. In 2008, the scholars created the 54-page book Beyond Brown, a student entertainment guide to downtown Dayton.