Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Neighborhood Institute Workshop Spotlight – Baltimore by the Numbers

Seema Iyer of the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA) is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Baltimore City neighborhoods by creating “Community Area Profiles” that track key information. Participants will be shown how to access the profile for their neighborhood and use these profiles to create action for community change.

seemaiyerTell us about your background and why you chose to lead this particular workshop?

I am the Associate Director of the Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore and oversee the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA-JFI)  – an organization that coordinates the data generation, warehousing, analysis and dissemination activities of a diverse group of nonprofit organizations, city and state government agencies, neighborhoods, foundations, businesses and universities. BNIA-JFI is committed to promoting, supporting, and helping communities throughout Baltimore City use data to make better-informed decisions.

What do you hope participants will gain from attending your workshop? What actions will they be more prepared to take?

Data may look like quantitative information, devoid of any “real” human information, but after the workshop, participants will see that data represents real people, real lives, and can be used for real action!

Why do you love most about living in Baltimore?

Diversity, history, walkability and folks with a passionate, can-do attitude!

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