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URI professor receives federal lifetime achievement award

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- June 16, 2004 -- University of Rhode Island Professor of community planning and director of the Urban Field Center at the Feinstein Providence Campus, Marcia Marker Feld, was presented with the "Lifetime Achievement Award for Campus-Community Partnerships" by the Office of University Partnerships (OUP), U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. The award was presented at the 10th anniversary celebration of the OUP that was held in New Orleans in April.

The founding director of the OUP, Feld created and implemented numerous university-community partnership programs while working under former U.S. Secretary Henry Cisneros and former Asst. Secretary Michael Stegman. This work was achieved during her year-long leave from URI in 1995.

With the recent award, Feld was cited for the pioneering efforts to "create partnerships with community groups, school districts, public housing and local governments for the collaborative development of a high quality of life in every neighborhood."

Feld has continued her close association with the HUD office, acting as mentor to prospective COPC applicants and as a peer reviewer. Feld was instrumental in helping the university to gain its status as an Urban Grant institution. She currently holds an appointment as liaison to the OUP from the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges' Commission on the Urban Agenda. Feld is also a founder of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning's Faculty Women's Interest Group and the recipient of the Margarita McCoy Award that recognizes contributions toward the advancement of women in planning at institutions of higher education.

While her talents are heralded nationally, Feld's service, teaching, and research are also celebrated locally as thousands have benefited from her endeavors at URI's Providence Campus. Just last month, Feld hosted the 20th Annual Law Day program at the Feinstein Providence Campus that welcomed about 200 area high school students to meet with leading attorneys, justices and others to discuss current issues surrounding equity and the law.

In addition to such programs as Law Day, Feld and the Urban Field Center's professional team established the first partnership between URI and urban school districts including Providence and Pawtucket, organized a community-wide dropout prevention coalition and worked with local communities in the development of leadership in housing and neighborhood revitalization.

A resident of Providence, Feld is primarily interested in planning theory and ethical practice and the application of planning methods to education and social welfare programs. She has directed planning and policy analysis in the areas of desegregation, juvenile delinquency, dropout prevention, and community coalition building.