On October 24, 2019, students of House 2, in collaboration with the Urban Studies Program, hosted the 6th Annual Gentrification Panel and Roundtable Workshops for Community Days. The panel featured activists from a variety of NYC organizations that are working to protect tenants, local culture, and affordable housing in New York City. House 2 students wrote and asked the questions and introduced the panelists. The panelists also met with the students in attendance to work on their integrated projects and to develop an understanding of what is being done locally and nationally on the topic of gentrification.
Guttman has created lasting relationships with the organizations participating in the annual event. After participating in past panels, activists have become more involved in the Guttman community–they have participated in the Gentrification Panel annually, joined the Urban Studies Advisory Board, joined the faculty, and come to class presentations. This year, two activists were invited to join the panel after connecting with a former House 2 Urban Studies student who works in tenant organizing.
The panel was moderated by Professor James Rodriguez. He and Professor Molly Makris are Urban Studies faculty in House 2; they research gentrification.