Invitation to 9/21 luncheon discussion of Baltimore’s “Vital Signs” featuring Seema Iyer and hosted by the UB Faculty & Staff Reading Group on Race

Liberal Arts and Policy Building

The UB Faculty & Staff Reading Group on Race will have its next meeting on Friday, September 21st 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Provost Office’s Conference Room. The meeting is co-hosted by the Provost’s Office, and we will be nurturing not only our minds and souls, but also our bodies: lunch will be served!

In a meeting last spring, the Reading Group discussed Harvard Professor William Julius Wilson’s book, More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (thanks again to Johnny Turtle for his terrific leadership of that discussion!). Now the group will build on Wilson’s book to examine Baltimore’s economic and social context. We are delighted that Dr. Seema Iyer, Associate Director of the Jacob France Institute, will introduce the Baltimore data collected in her latest “Vital Signs” research project and discuss what these indicators reveal about trends in race, class, diversity and housing affordability in Baltimore’s neighborhoods today.

For more than 10 years, the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute (BNIA-JFI) has been committed to enabling well-informed decision-making for neighborhood change, using accurate, relevant and accessible data and information for improving the quality of life in Baltimore neighborhoods. Along with an alliance of diverse organizations, BNIA-JFI empowers neighborhoods with information they need to create constructive change. BNIA-JFI produces an annual report called Vital Signs that “take the pulse” of Baltimore’s neighborhoods by measuring approximately 110 quality of life indicators. For more information, visit

The UB Faculty & Staff Reading Group on Race began as a group of interested faculty and staff in Spring 2012 and is dedicated to raising issues of importance related to race and ethnicity in historical and contemporary contexts. For more information or to join the group, contact Regina Bento at

Please RSVP for the Sept. 21 event by contacting Alicia Campbell ( no later than September 14.

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