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TitleDREAMing and Designing Spaces of Hope in a “Hidden America” | Ruby Mendenhall | TEDxUIUC
DescriptionThis talk discusses how living in neighborhoods with high levels of violence, one aspect of a “Hidden America”, affects Black mothers mental and physical health. It also describes the DREAM (Developing Responses to Poverty through Education And Meaning) intervention, education and research program that seeks to design a space of hope, a health and wellness center, in Englewood on the South side of Chicago. Ruby Mendenhall is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds joint faculty appointments in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work. She is currently a Faculty Affiliate at the Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and the Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. She is the recipient of the Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar for outstanding achievements in research and leadership on campus. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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