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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Workshops Registration

Neighborhood Summit 2017: Featured Workshops

Please select two of the below workshops, your first and second choices, in each timeslot. Also, be sure to register for the large panel workshops! As there is limited capacity in each of these workshops, we will work to the best of our ability to accomodate your indicated first preferences. 

9:30-10:30 AM Small Classroom Sessions

Title. Coastal History

Participants. Presenter: David Muth, Director, Gulf Restoration Program, National Wildlife Federation

Description. To make that watery landscape surrounding the Mississippi river suitable for a traditional Old World settlement, with towns and farms and ports, the river had to be tamed by levees, canals, distributary closures, and navigation improvements. Humanity succeeded in taming that landscape, but in the process set in motion its demise by depriving a naturally sinking delta of new sediment. Hurricane Katrina demonstrated our increasing vulnerability. The challenge ahead is to design projects that reduce that vulnerability, and the challenge is to try to make New Orleans viable in the decades ahead.


Title. Community Health Assessment: Let's Talk About Health

         (Community Health Survey) 

         (Online Community Health Survey)

         (Online Community Health Survey-Español)

Participants. Presenters: Jodi Dyer, Community Health Improvement Coordinator, New Orleans Health Department and Dr. Torrie Harris, Health and Equity Strategist, New Orleans Health Department.

Description. An overview of latest health department initiatives and interactive Q&A with participants.


Title. Faith in Action: Building Effective Collaboration

Participants. Moderator: James Baker, Faith-Based Liaison, Neighborhood Engagement Office, City of New Orleans. Panel members: Rev. Jonathan Michael Everett, Senior Pastor, Rock of Ages Baptist Church; Dr. Mona Lisa Savoy, President, 7th Ward Neighborhood Association; Samantha Bickham, Love 365; Dr. Caroline Good, Director of External Partnerships, Programming and Governmental Affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans; and Tom Costanza, Catholic Charities of New Orleans.

Description. A discussion with faith and community leaders who will give an overview of effective collaborations that have taken place in their communities that have built stronger engagement outcomes and stronger communities. The session also takes an in-depth look at the leaders’ methods that led to their successes in communities as they introduce tools that you can use for collaborating with key partners and stakeholders.


Tille. Community Policing Strategies: A Chat with the Chief

Participants. Facilitator: Valerie Bouldin, Program Director, Police Community Advisory Board, Neighborhood Engagement Office. Presenter: Michael Harrison, Chief of Police, New Orleans Police Department. Breakout Participants: District Commanders and Community Liaison Officers, New Orleans Police Department.

Description. A discussion with Chief Michael Harrison police district leadership on methods and best practices in police-citizen engagement. During this session Chief Harrison will provide an overview of NOPD’s newly implemented policies for effective community policing followed by the opportunity to participate in district specific roundtable discussions with NOPD district leadership.


Title. Welcoming Cities: Immigrant Community Outreach

Participants. Moderator: Lisbeth Pedroso, Program Director, Immigrant Affairs, Neighborhood Engagement Office. Panel members:  Zach Butterworth, Executive Council & Director of Federal Affairs, Mayor's Office, City of New Orleans; Danny Murphy, Deputy Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department; Santos Alvarado, member of Congress of Day Laborers; and Mario Mendoza, member of Congress of Day Laborers.

Description. New Orleans has long been an international locale, rich with a diverse population of residents hailing from around the globe. Today, our growing immigrant community makes up approximately 7% of the total metro New Orleans population. This session discusses the City’s wide-ranging efforts to build an open, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all communities. Attention is paid to progress made toward improving language access and public safety, as well as working with community stakeholders to protect immigrants’ rights.


Title. NOLA FOR LIFE: Murder Reduction through a Strategy of Prevention, Intervention and Rehabilitation

Participants. Presenter: James Logan, Reentry Services Program Manager, City of New Orleans

Description. In 2012, Mayor Landrieu launched NOLA FOR LIFE, a holistic strategy focused on reducing the murder rate and increasing public safety in New Orleans. Since its launch, NOLA FOR LIFE has grown to 35 initiatives under 5 pillars, engaging thousands of people and collaborating with over 300 community partners. This panel will outline the initiatives and outcomes of the NOLA FOR LIFE Strategy as well as the impact it has made on participants throughout our communities.


10:45-11:45 AM Small Classroom Sessions

Title. Coastal Master Plan Projects in New Orleans

Participants. Moderator: Amanda Moore, Deputy Director, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program, National Wildlife Federation. Panel members: Anne Coglianese, Coastal Resilience Program Manager, Office of Resilience and Sustainability, City of New Orleans; Dr. John Lopez, Director, Coastal Sustainability Program, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation; Morgan Crutcher, Outreach & Engagement Manager, Outreach & Engagement Section, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

Description. This session reviews the status of three key coastal projects in Orleans Parish.  Neighborhood leaders will learn why this work is critical to community resilience and how to support the restoration effort.


Title. Adapting to a future with more water: holistic and equitable community-designed strategies

Participants. Presenter: Rachelle Thomason, Coastal Community Resilience Programs Associate, Foundation for Louisiana.

Description. Climate change and coastal erosion are at the forefront of south Louisiana's narrative: past, present and future. To facilitate resilience in the region, individuals must have access to education on the environmental reality while simultaneously be given the tools and resources to adapt.  Holistic adaptation strategies to improve quality of life are required while also reducing multiple types of flood risk resulting from poor infrastructure, including coastal flooding, riverine flooding and urban flooding.  This session highlights the opportunities currently in place for marginalized communities to have a stake in their future and how they would like to socially and economically protect and adapt to changing flood risk.


Title. The Cultural Innovation District: An Endeavor in Equitable Development

Participants. Presenters: Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, Claiborne Corridor Program Manager;

Nyree Ramsey, Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District Director; Terrence Rice, Project Manager for the Cultural Innovation District, Meyer Engineers; Isabel (Betsy) Badia Hewett, Senior Project Architect, Meyer Engineers; Diane Jones Allen, Principal Landscape Architect, DesignJones, LLC; and Austin Allen, Principal, Design Jones, LLC.

Description. As we continue to work toward realizing the vision of the Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District, we are excited to share the CID Charrette Report and CID Health Impact Assessment (HIA), in addition to the Community Design Masterplan. This presentation reflects the culture, utility, and spirit of success when public and private partnerships focus on equitable community development opportunities.


Title. Race in Restoration. Inclusion In Urban Conservation: A "Just Between Us" Exchange

Participants. Presenter: Simone Lightfoot, National Director of Urban Initiatives, National Wildlife Federation.

Description. This provocative and interactive workshop is designed exclusively for those practitioners and leaders who can handle the truth and welcome opportunities to talk about race and inclusion in our conservation and restoration work.  


Title. Ready Together: Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness and Response

Participants. Moderator: Laura Mellen, Public Engagement Manger, New Orleans Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness. Panel members: Ryan Mast, Hazard Mitigation Administrator, Hazard Mitigation Office, City of New Orleans; Cynthia Sylvain-Lear, Director, Department of Sanitation, City of New Orleans; Sarah Babcock, Healthy Population and Planning Manager, New Orleans Health Department.

Description. In this interactive workshop, attendees will explore a mock scenario with emergency personnel, learning about the roles, responsibilities, and decision-making processes involved in responding to a disaster. Primary emphasis will be given to the role neighborhood leaders and community organizations can play in preparing for and responding to disasters.


Title. Equity for Gulf Coast Cities: Environmental Justice & Community Resilience

Participants. Moderator: Happy Johnson, Chief Resilience Officer, Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development. Panel members: Bernard Singleton, Associate Professor, Biology, Dillard University; Monique Harden, Esq., Assistant Director of Law and Policy Deep South Center for Environmental Justice.

Description. A discussion of a bold collaboration between Historically Black Colleges & Universities and Community Based Organizations to mitigate environmental injustices in Historic Lower Ninth Ward. Infrastructure project spotlights include wetlands restoration at Bayou Bienvenue and the Vessel Lock Expansion Proposal at St. Claude Bridge.


Large Classroom Sessions (Featured Panels)

Time: 9:25-10:10AM

Title. Resilient New Orleans: A 2 Year Progress Update

Participants. Moderator: Charles Allen, Resilience Outreach Manager, City of New Orleans. Panel members: Dwight Norton, Urban Mobility Coordinator, City of New Orleans; Colleen McHugh, Resilience Design Manager, City of New Orleans; Camille Pollan, Energy Efficiency Program Manager, City of New Orleans; Siobhan Foley, FUSE Corps Fellow, Climate Action Strategist, City of New Orleans.

Description. It’s been two years since our city launched its strategy entitled, Resilient New Orleans and a great deal of work and milestones have occurred in that two year time frame. This session engages staff members from the city’s Office of Resilience & Sustainability to highlight a few key programs of the city’s strategy as the city further charts a path toward long-term resilience.


Time: 10:20-11:05AM

Title. Safety and Justice Challenge “Rethinking Jail"

Participants. Moderator: Sarah Schirmer, Criminal Justice Policy Advisor, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Coordination. Panel members: Judge Calvin Johnson, Criminal Justice Commissioner, City of New Orleans; Judge Tracey Flemings Davillier, Judge, Orleans Criminal District Court; Steven Lassalle, Policy and Procedures Chairman, Louisiana Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative, Louisiana Department of Corrections; Joel George, volunteer member, Safety and Justice Challenge Community Advisory Group.

Description.  As part of a national strategy, the Safety and Justice Challenge, the Mayor’s Office and the New Orleans criminal justice system is working to rethink how the city of New Orleans uses jail and are implementing strategies to safely reduce the jail population. This panel will share details about the strategies, talk about progress to date, and will include speakers from the Safety and Justice Challenge Community Advisory Group.  


Time: 11:15-11:50AM

Title. Put Housing 1st

Participants. Presenter, Andreanecia Morris, President and Chair of the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance

Description. HousingNOLA will review the state of housing, including the policy and budget priorities for 2018.  The session will also discuss community rooted advocacy efforts to end housing insecurity for all New Orleanians. 

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