what to expect for the 2021 conference

Resisting Gentrification: Then & Now presents a historical recap of Rochester’s movements and resistance led by BIPOC community activists around issues related to gentrification, housing injustice and environmental racism and how these movements have continued in the modern era in Rochester and beyond.

virtual keynotes

community activists will speak on housing injustice & environmental racism

virtual workshops

community engaged discussions and panels on the topic of gentrification

socially-distanced film screening

a community partner shared film and corresponding panel

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Attendees will learn about the political and economic systems that cause gentrification, and the major players within those systems that benefit from the process.

Topics will be presented by several organizations working to combat gentrification and holistically develop communities in the City of Rochester.

2021 conference workshops, panels, and special events were proposed collaboratively by various community members and partners. Select learn more below for an official list, schedule and additional resources.

it starts with equitable collaboration

The 540WMain-City Roots Community Land Trust Gentrification Conference was founded in 2018 by Calvin Eaton, Founding Director of 540WMain & Shane Wiegand of City Roots Community Land Trust. The annual conference is designed to unpack and discuss the topic of gentrification in the City of Rochester.

2021 conference details

Friday April 9, 5:00-7:30pm (EST)
Saturday April 10, 9:15am-3:30pm (EST)

This year's conference is a 2-day event spanning Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10. Friday's event is a ticketed in-person film screening while Saturday will be held completely virtual through the platform Teachable. The content of the conference will be recorded and available for rewatching and reference after the event goes live. In order to access this, you must register prior to April 10, 2021.

meet the 2021 conference sponsors

Resisting Gentrification: Then & Now is made possible by local organizations in Rochester committed to supporting this work. We would like to thank our community champions, partners, and supporters for allowing us to provide accessible and impactful education & content to our community.

community champions

Wilson Foundation
Community Preservation Corporation
ESL Federal Credit Union

community partners

Thank you to our community partners:
Center for Community Engagement, University of Rochester
Frederick Douglass Institute, University of Rochester

community supporters

Thank you to our community supporters:
Climate Solutions Accelerator
Urban League of Rochester
Venture Jobs Foundation
Department of Anthropology, University of Rochester