The Action Research Collaborative invites you to its second annual symposium.

June 22, 2023 | 2:00 – 5:00 PM | 570 Lexington Avenue, 12th Floor

Action Research Collaborative founders Neil Lewis, Jr. and Tashara Leak invite you to learn about pressing issues where action research partnerships and cross-sector collaborations can provide solutions that improve lives. Join us for three panel discussions, followed by a reception and networking at 5:15pm. 



Welcome (ARC Co-Directors:  Drs. Neil Lewis, Jr. & Tashara M.  Leak)

2:10-2:15 PM:

Opening Remarks (Anthony Borrow, Director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research)

2:20- 3:00 PM

Panel 1: Nutrition and Health

  • George Del Barrio, Creative Director, Universe City

  • Kate McKenzie, Executive Director Office of Food Policy

  • Rae Gomes,  Deputy Director, Brooklyn Movement Center

  • Roger Figueroa, Assistant Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

3:00-3:15 PM:

Coffee Break

3:15- 3:55 PM

Panel 2: Development Across the Lifespan

  • Marlen Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Cornell University

  • Leslie Hayes, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Family Child Health at the NYC DOHMH

  • Alyssia Leach, Junior CEO, GripTape

3:55- 4:10 PM

Coffee Break

4:10- 4:50 PM

Panel 3: Housing and the Social Safety Net

  • Ajamu Brown, Director of Health and Housing/NYC DOHMH Center for Health Equity & Community Wellness

  • Cea Weaver, Campaign Organizer, Housing Justice for All

  • Jamila Michener, Associate Professor, Government and Public Policy, Cornell University

  • Marcela Mitayne, New York State Assembly District 51

4:55- 5:00 PM

Remarks from Rachel Dunifon, Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Dean of Cornell Human Ecology

5:15-7:00 PM

Reception and Networking

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Man speaking at symposium

Location: 570 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10022