Wicked Problem Innovation: Community Development in Pittsburgh's Hill District and Hilltop Neighborhoods 

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Project Description 

This Pitt Seed Project will allow Pitt Law, Katz Business and other faculty, staff, students and alumni to work with local stakeholders to co-design a transformative “Wicked Problem Innovation” course on how universities should support marginalized communities in addressing neighborhood development challenges.  Seed funding will supplement university support with community consulting, provided by Pitt’s Hill District Community Engagement Center, the UrbanKind Institute, and a Project Coordinator.  The initial pilot course will focus on addressing community development challenges in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and Hilltop neighborhoods, including challenges in reconciling the sometimes conflicting goals of racial equity, economic development, and environmental sustainability.   

Principal Investigator 

Stephanie Dangel
School of Law 


Goal Area