Panel to Discuss Strategies of Conflict and Collaboration in Community Development

The Michi and Walter Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies presents a panel, “Changing Communities: Strategies of Conflict and Collaboration in Community Development,” on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2-4 p.m., in the Bronco Student Center's Ursa Major C. The panel, focusing on the dynamic changes that are affecting communities in Southern California, includes:

  • Gilda Ochoa, associate professor in Sociology and Chicano Studies at Pomona College, is the author of Becoming Neighborhoods in a Mexican American Community: Power Conflict and Solidarity, which examines how Mexican Americans negotiate their relationships with immigrants and the process of building communities.
  • Linda Trinh Vo, an associate professor in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine, is the author of Mobilizing an Asian American Community, which shows how the struggle over ideologies, political strategies and resources affects the development of community organizations. She also co-edited Contemporary Asian American Communities: Intersections and Divergences.
  • Denise Fairchild, founder and president of Community Development Technologies Center, an applied research training and technical assistance organization specializing in community development strategies, has also served as the director of the Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation.
  • Josh Sides, assistant professor of History at Cal Poly Pomona and author of L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present, will serve as discussant and moderator of the panel. Sides is also a writer and scholar of American urban history, who specializes in the study of California and the West, African Americans, and, more recently, the history of sexuality.

The event is free, and appetizers and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Jonnie Owens at (909) 869-4689 or by e-mail at, or Jose Calderon at (909) 869-3524 or by e-mail at