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History of Rochester Gentrification

Facilitated by Shane Wiegand of the City Roots Community Land Trust and Calvin Eaton of 540WMain Communiversity, this workshop will explore and deconstruct the history of redlining, restrictive covenants, and racist/discriminatory housing practices throughout Rochester's history of urban development. Facilitators will also explore models and solutions to building community wealth and development without displacement. Participants will explore individual and collective actions that can dismantle and end systematic displacement of marginalized communities and persons of color. 

This workshop is offered as an open class of CAS 202: Introduction to Community-Engaged Scholarship and is free to the community. Free parking is available on campus in Library Lot after 4:00pm.

About the Speakers: 
Shane Wiegand (he/his/him) is a fourth grade teacher in the Rush Henrietta Central School District. He attended SUNY Geneseo and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Childhood and Special Education and a Master’s degree in Childhood Multicultural Education. Shane and his wife Jennie live in the Beechwood Neighborhood. Shane serves as treasurer on the board of the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition, sits on the Connected Communities Housing Committee, and is the outreach chair of the City Roots Community Land Trust.

Calvin Eaton (he/his/him) is a digital content creator, social entrepreneur, and educator whose area of expertise includes anti-racism, diversity, inclusion, K-12 curriculum writing and teaching, gluten free plant based living, and higher education. In 2016 he founded 540WMain Communiversity a grassroots non-profit community based university with a commitment to enrich the Susan B. Anthony Preservation district as well as connect greater Rochester to the neighborhood through historic preservation, sustainability, workforce development, and anti-racism education.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Rush Rhees Library, Barbara J. Burger iZone
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

Event Type

Lectures and Talks


General Public, Faculty, Students, Staff


diversity, community engagement




Center for Community Engagement
Contact Phone or Email

(585) 276-6860 or

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