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Dunbar Arts, Cultural and Innovation District #ReclaimDunbar

"This is a unique model that we're utilizing."

Dr. Shetay Ashford-Hanserd, assistant professor in the College of Applied Arts’ Department of Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies (OWLS), is leading a research-practitioner partnership to help obtain cultural district designation for the San Marcos’ Dunbar Historic District, encompassing the historic African American Dunbar neighborhood.  Dr. Ashford-Hanserd is working with a research team comprised of Dr. Eric Sarmiento and Dr. Colleen Myles, assistant professors in the Department of Geography, and Dr. Steven Rayburn, assistant professor in the Department of Marketing. The project is in collaboration with OWLS and Department Chair Dr. Mary Jo Garcia Biggs. The #ReclaimDunbar Research Team will host a Dunbar Community Conversation to obtain input for the project on Monday, May 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cephas House, 217 W. Martin Luther King Drive in San Marcos.

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The San Marcos City Council renewed its support for the creation of the Dunbar Arts, Cultural and Innovation District on Tuesday night. Dr. Ashford-Hanserd from the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies is leading the support for the creation of the Dunbar Arts, Cultural and Innovation District. 

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