2013 MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – ANN ARBOR, MI NOVEMBER 22nd-24th, 2013

“THE FUTURE OF DETROIT AND THE MIDWEST” CONFERENCE AGENDA
FRIDAY
Afternoon/Evening ARRIVAL IN ANN ARBOR and CONFERENCE CHECK-IN

7:00pm

DINNER WITH FELLOW ROOSEVELT’ERS

SATURDAY
9:00am 10:00am 11:00am1:00pm DEPART FOR DETROIT (Pickup locations TBA) BREAKFAST and INTRODUCTION TO DETROIT (U of M Detroit Center)
MARIO GOETZ, RICN Midwest Policy Coordinator

BUS TOUR OF DETROIT (D:HIVE Welcome Center)
Led by the D:HIVE Community Center --- Highlights will include:  Campus Martius Park  The Guardian Building  Belle Isle  Eastern Market  Midtown

12:00-2:00pm

LUNCH and KEYNOTE ADDRESS (U of M Detroit Center)
ROBIN BOYLE, Professor of Urban Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Wayne State University

2:00-4:00pm

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY (U of M Detroit Center)
Sponsored by the GINSBERG CENTER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE AND LEARNING at the University of Michigan

5:00-7:00pm 8:00-10:00pm

DINNER WITH ROOSEVELT ALUMNI (Cornerstone Bistro, Detroit) (Optional) SCREENING OF “DETROPIA” DOCUMENTARTY (TBA)
A moving documentary which chronicles the economic decline of the city of Detroit through the eyes of its residents. Nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

2013 MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – ANN ARBOR, MI NOVEMBER 22nd-24th, 2013

SUNDAY
10:00-11:00am 11:00-12:00pm

(ALL EVENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR)

BREAKFAST and REMARKS ON THE HISTORY OF ROOSEVELT
TAYLOR JO ISENBERG, RICN National Director

WORKSHOP SESSIONS
   INTRODUCTION TO POLICY (THINK 2040) - VITAS ZUKOWSKI, RICN Midwest Communications Coordinator PEER EDITING FOR 10 IDEAS - SONJA KARNOVSKY, RICN Midwest Regional Coordinator UNCONFERENCE SPACE

12:00-1:30pm

LUNCH and REGIONAL ISSUES PANEL

YOUSEF RABHI (D), Chair, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners HAYLEY ROBERTS, Communications Director, Michigan Suburbs Alliance

1:30-2:30pm

REFLECTION ON EXPERIENCE IN DETROIT and INTRODUCTION TO THE NETWORKED THINK TANK INITIATIVE POLICY BREAKOUTS (BY POLICY CENTER)
      DEFENSE AND DIPLOMACY - TBD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - ADAM WATKINS, University of Michigan EDUCATION, Harper 151 - SONJA KARNOVSKY, University of Michigan ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT - VITAS ZUKOWSKI, University of Chicago EQUAL JUSTICE - BYRON HILL, DePaul University Chicago HEALTHCARE - MIKE MALLOY, Michigan State University

Led by VITAS ZUKOWSKI (UChicago) and JULIUS GOLDBERG-LEWIS (U of M)

2:30-3:30pm

3:30-4:30pm 4:30-5:00pm
Evening

DISCUSSION ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOOKING FORWARD
DAYNE WALLING (D), Mayor of Flint, Michigan

CLOSING REMARKS
SONJA KARNOVSKY, RICN Midwest Regional Coordinator

DEPARTURE FROM ANN ARBOR

2013 MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – ANN ARBOR, MI NOVEMBER 22nd-24th, 2013

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER)
ROBIN BOYLE – Chair, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Wayne State University
Although born in Glasgow, Scotland, Robin’s roots in Detroit run deep, having taught at Wayne State University since 1992. Before his chairmanship of USP, he was Associate Dean in the College of Urban, Labor, and Metropolitan Affairs for ten years. Robin’s research interests include urban economic development, schools and community planning, and comparative urban policy. His many positions include being a member of the Michigan Suburbs Alliance Board of Directors, Midwestern representative for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and chair of the planning board of the City of Birmingham. He is widely acknowledged as an expert on the urban policy of the Detroit region, and is often turned to for his knowledgeable commentary.

TAYLOR JO ISENBERG – National Director, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network
As National Director, Taylor Jo’s role is to develop and strengthen Roosevelt’s framework to best serve the students in the network and the change they’re creating in their communities through policy. Prior to joining RICN, she witnessed the extraordinary potential of Roosevelt’s think impact model at UNC Chapel Hill, where she helped facilitate relationships between Roosevelt students and local non-profits as the Vice President of Policy Implementation. As Southern Regional Coordinator, Taylor created an identity around the ‘Dirty South,’ guiding southern chapters as they provided solutions to the many challenges facing the region.

YOUSEF RABHI – Chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners (D)
Yousef represents the 8th District of Washtenaw County as County Commissioner, and has served as Chair of the Board of Commissioners since 2011. Although he was born in Ypsilanti, he grew up in Ann Arbor, where he became involved in environmental and social activism at a young age. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning a B.S. in Environmental Science. During his run for commissioner, he successfully campaigned on a series of progressive campaign planks, including environmental responsibility and social justice.

HAYLEY ROBERTS – Communications Director, Michigan Suburbs Alliance
Originally from Ann Arbor, Hayley helps the staff of the Suburbs Alliance tell the stories of its work, its cities and its region. She holds a B.A. in Professional Writing and an M.A. in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing, both from Michigan State University. The Michigan Suburbs Alliance is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to address the shared challenges of metro Detroit’s inner ring suburbs, growing to engage more than 31 communities, which represent over a million residents. Its vision is to pursue a future where communities share in each other’s’ economic, environmental, and social success.

DAYNE WALLING – Mayor of Flint, Michigan (D)
Born and raised in Flint, Dayne’s alma maters include MSU, U of Oxford, U of London, and U of Minnesota. While working in Washington D.C., he co-founded the Flint Club, a non-profit community organization dedicated to helping residents and transplants give back to Flint. After working as a policy advocate for the Urban Coalition of Minnesota, Dayne decided to come back to Flint to run as mayor. His first bid in 2007 was unsuccessful, but luck came his way in 2009. He was reelected in November 2011 by a twelvepoint margin, but days afterward, his authority was stripped by the appointment of an Emergency Financial Manager for Flint by Republican Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.