Case Study for Tucson Santa Rita Park
Selina Barajas, a native Tucsonan alum from both Sunnyside and Tucson Unified School Districts and the University of Arizona. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA and has experience advocating for social, cultural and economic development initiatives for the community. While in Los Angeles, Selina worked for both the nonprofit and government sector and enjoyed planning community-building events with the Pico Neighborhood of Santa Monica and City of Inglewood. Now residing back in her hometown with her family, Selina has worked on transportation and mobility projects, such as the 12th Avenue Street Improvement Project, Proposition 407 Bicycle Boulevard’s on Tucson’s south side, the Move Tucson initiative and currently Tucson Norte-Sur. Selina serves as the Lead Community Ambassador, working alongside thirteen Community Ambassadors. It remains a top priority for Selina to promote and support local businesses, creatives and makers, especially those who traditionally are undervalued. In addition to her equitable community development work, she is the co-founder of Avenidas Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to catalyzing empowerment, inspiration and economic development for the surrounding South Tucson community and beyond. Avenidas Inc. celebrates culture through economic re:development and re:investment. In her free time, you can catch Selina cruising the streets of Tucson, reimagining vacant spaces, admiring local murals, all with a cafecito in hand! Here are the two parts that need to be done for the case study Section 1 What do you presume has worked, hasn't worked, and what could have gone differently to create better outcomes? What, in your opinion, does success look like in this scenario? Section 2 What policy issues are at stake in your nonprofit's community? What are you doing to engage in the conversation ? How are you advancing equity and gathering information? What are you doing, if anything, to impact policy on the named issue? Link for materials for this case study: https://www.kvoa.com/news/santa-rita-park-renovations-go-forward-as-some-worry-it-will-harm-homeless-population/article_3dd5ba00-18d5-11ed-b7a8-b3dc465bde24.html https://www.kvoa.com/news/santa-rita-park-renovations-go-forward-as-some-worry-it-will-harm-homeless-population/article_3dd5ba00-18d5-11ed-b7a8-b3dc465bde24.html https://www.kold.com/2022/08/06/troubled-tucson-park-will-get-3-million-makeover/ https://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/homeless-at-santa-rita-park-upset-over-upcoming-construction I have uploaded the video to the file; also, some info for the non-profit community, California-based National Certification for Teachers (NCT), that I have chosen for this course like the organization summary, power map and so. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns

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