Cross-Cultural Faculty Dialogues


The Faculty Diversity Dialogues Program invites all faculty (tenure-line and NTT, full-time and part-time) to participate in the upcoming session “Recruiting and Retaining Under-Represented Faculty” Dec. 7-8.

The program will be led by Clara Irazábal, Ph.D., UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design professor and Director of the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program. The Dec. 7 session is at noon in the FaCET office, Suite 225 at the Miller Nichols Library. The Dec. 8 session is at noon in HSB 4302.

Before joining UMKC, Irazábal was the Latin Lab Director and Associate Professor of Urban Planning in the Graduate School at Columbia University, NYC. In her research and teaching, Irazábal explores the interactions of culture, politics and placemaking, and their impact on community development and socio-spatial justice in Latin American cities and Latinx and immigrant communities. Irazábal has published academic work in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. She is the author of Urban Governance and City Making in the Americas: Curitiba and Portland (Ashgate, 2005) and the editor of Transbordering Latin Americas: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Powers (T)Here (Routledge 2014) and Ordinary Places, Extraordinary Events: Citizenship, Democracy, and Public Space in Latin America (Routledge 2008, 2015). Irazábal has worked as consultant, researcher, and/or professor in multiple countries of the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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