Lecture: 'Black co-op pioneers in the struggle for economic justice'

February 8, 2011

How can community-based economic development bring economic empowerment and prosperity to underdeveloped, marginalized and underserved communities – particularly communities of color suffering from institutional racism and economic inequality?

This is one of the big questions Jessica Gordon Nembhard addresses in her work as a political economist specializing in economic development policy, Black political economy, and popular economic literacy. Gordon Nembhard is an associate professor of community justice and social economic development in the Department of African-American Studies at John Jay College, CUNY. Jessica Gordon Nembhard Download Full Image

On Feb. 14, Gordon Nembhard will share with the ASU community some of her research on African-American participation in, and design of, alternative democratic economic strategies, in which she’s studied how African-American scholars and activists over the last 300 years have viewed and engaged in cooperative economics. Her talk – “Black Co-op Pioneers in the Struggle for Economic Justice” – will take place at noon, in the Memorial Union, room 246, on ASU’s Tempe campus.

Professor Gordon Nembhard’s visit to ASU is in connection with a new School of Social Transformation course in Justice and Social Inquiry: Social">http://justice.clas.asu.edu/node/181">Social Enterprises: Innovation, Justice and Community Development (JUS 497/JUS 591). The course is co-taught by assistant professor of Justice and Social Inquiry Vanna">https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/person/820829">Vanna Gonzales and professor Enrico Giovannetti of the Department of Political Economy at Italy’s University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.  

Gordon Nembhard's leadership in the study of people-centered local economic development comes not only from her scholarly pursuits but from her grassroots and active involvement in organizations concerned with helping alternative economic structures take hold and succeed. Appointed to the Black Enterprise Board of Economists in 1999, she serves on the board of directors of ONE DC and is a co-founder of the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, the Democracy Collaborative, and the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network. She is a charter member of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and an active member of Grassroots Economic Organizing.

She has recently held visiting appointments at Howard University’s Center on Race and Wealth and at the Centre for the Study of Cooperatives at the University of Saskatchewan.

For more information contact: professor Vanna Gonzales, Justice and Social Inquiry, 965-7631 or Vanna.Gonzales">mailto:Vanna.Gonzales@asu.edu">Vanna.Gonzales@asu.edu.

Maureen Roen

Director, Creative Services, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts


ASU benefit encourages community to have a HeArt

February 8, 2011

ASU’s College of Nursing & Health Innovation will host the inaugural “Have a HeArt” benefit later this month to help fund the university’s four non-profit clinics around the Valley, collectively known as NP Healthcare.

Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix in the Innovation Auditorium on the first floor of the College of Nursing & Health Innovation Building Two at 550 N. 3rd Street, the benefit is open to the public and takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 25. Download Full Image

“Most people think the health clinics are just for students but our services are available to the entire community,” said Debra Vincent, community liaison for ASU’s Clinical Practice and Community Partnerships. “We offer accessible and affordable health care in a professional setting.”

“Have a HeArt” promises to be an exciting and fun way to enjoy delectable and heart-healthy food prepared by local chefs while listening to live music and participating in an eclectic silent auction, which includes a wide array of locally produced art. On-site nutritional analysis and advice on what food to keep your heart healthy and to fight specific diseases will be offered as well as tours of the 4,000-square-foot health center at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. Attendees will discover that “heart-healthy food” doesn’t mean “boring” or “carrots and celery sticks.”

Tickets are $25. All proceeds will benefit ASU’s four NP Healthcare clinics throughout the greater Metropolitan Phoenix area. Contributions of silent auction items and sponsors will be recognized in the event program and in the college’s annual report.

The NP Healthcare provider staff includes practitioners who specialize in family practice and behavioral/mental healthcare. Services include men and women’s health exams, counseling and mental health care, minor illness care, prescriptions for medications, chronic disease management, family planning, healthy lifestyles education, stress management, tobacco cessation, nutrition advice, on-site EKG, sexually transmitted infection testing/treatment and referrals to other medical and health services.

Patients can use their health insurance to pay for services as well as cash, credit card, Sun Card or have their student account charged for the cost of the services. For employers, the NP Care members enjoy access to quality and accessible basic health services for a fixed office visit fee and discounts on tests performed at outside labs.

For more information or to enroll in the NP Care program, visit the NP Healthcare clinic nearest you. You can find out more about our locations at http://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/nmhc">http://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/nmhc">http://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/nm... or by calling (480) 496-0721.

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