Community Assessment & Engagement


Presentation and Dialogue: Community Assessment and Engagement in the Spartan-Keyes Neighborhood of San Jose: Techniques and Insights for Collaborative Neighborhood Planning


San Jose State University, Washington Square Hall, Room 207


Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


AICP 1.0 CM (pending)


  • Dayana Salazar, Executive Director, CommUniverCity San Jose

  • Imelda Rodriguez, Community Director, CommUniverCity San Jose

  • Rick Kos, AICP, and Justin Meek, AICP, Faculty, San Jose State University Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MUP) Program

  • Jennifer Piozet and Steve Terrin, Graduate Students, San Jose State University MUP Program


Light refreshments to be provided


Free and open to the public


CommUniverCity San Jose is a multisector team of faculty, community residents, community benefit organizations, and city agencies.  It is a unique partnership between a neighborhood near the campus (community), San José State (university), and the City of San José (city) that focuses collective resources, knowledge, and expertise on priorities identified by residents.  CommUniverCity’s work is especially critical after the demise of Redevelopment Agencies and San Jose’s Strong Neighborhoods Initiative.  Fundamentally, CommUniverCity aims to improve neighborhoods “from the inside out”.  Graduate urban planning students at SJSU help make this happen by engaging in service-learning projects led by established planning practitioners.  

This informative session will provide attendees with an overview of the community assessment and collaborative neighborhood planning techniques used by SJSU graduate urban planning student teams in the Spartan-Keyes community of central San Jose.  You will learn about proven methods for engaging local residents in the planning process and how the graduate students served as remarkably effective “ambassadors” for contemporary urban planning in a service-learning context.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet some of the graduate students, their professors, Spartan-Keyes community leaders, and CommUniverCity staff members.  

You will leave the session with a clear understanding of how partnerships such as CommUniverCity function in the realm of neighborhood-level urban planning in an era of severe fiscal constraints.  You will also have an opportunity to share your questions and ideas with talented urban planning students and established professionals in the field.