Mitra Fakhrashrafi

Curator and Mixed Media Artist · Middlebrook Prize Winners

Mitra Fakhrashrafi (she/her) is an independent curator and mixed media artist indebted to border abolition organizing.

Borderlands Placemaking Geography Street Art Curation

Kurt Schindler

Distinguished Senior Educator Emeritus · Michigan State University

Kurt Schindler is an expert in land use (planning and zoning) and economic development as practiced by local units of government.

Water Quality Protection Placemaking Right to Farm Act Planning Zoning

Arnold Weinfeld

Associate Director · Michigan State University

Connector. Convener. Working to build problem-solving relationships with policymakers and university-community partners.

Community Outreach Program Development Program Management Legislative Relations Public Policy

Becky McCray

Expert for Small Towns · Cattle rancher and rural entrepreneur

Practical steps you can put into action right away to shape a better future for your community

Revitalization Placemaking Small Business Economic Development Rural

Michael Carriere, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director, University Scholars Program · Milwaukee School of Engineering

Dr. Michael Carriere is an urban historian, with expertise in American history, urban studies and sustainability.

Sustainability American History General Social Science Honors Program History

Shonda Buchanan

Lecturer of African American Studies · Loyola Marymount University

Shonda Buchanan is an award-winning poet and educator who explores race, ethnicity, migration, class, community and culture in her work.

Strategic Communications Public Speaking English with Creative Writing Creative Writing Copy Editing

Christine Henry

Assistant Professor · University of Mary Washington

Professor Henry is an expert on historic preservation, currently focusing on the history of Fredericksburg, VA.

Vernacular Architecture Historic Preservation Architectural History Urban Planning Architecture