SSI’s Student Project Implementation Group (SPIG) provides students with an opportunity to collaborate with community members on the designing and implementing of projects on the South Side of Bethlehem. Group members will have the opportunity to interface with neighborhood residents, local businesses and nonprofit groups, as well as city staff and members of City Council. They will attain practical experience in urban planning and can develop skills for additional professional responsibilities, such as grant writing and running focus groups.
The work of SPIG complements projects taken up in the Urban Environmental Policy Workshop (POLS/ES 412) course at Lehigh University. For instance, in the spring of 2014 students in the Urban Environmental Policy Workshop course drafted a report on The Future of South Side Bethlehem: Walkability and Economic Development, which outlines several local projects that can be carried out by members of SPIG. This year, members of SPIG are implementing The Adams Street Project, which is an effort to increase the walkability of Adam's Street in South Bethlehem.
This year (2014-2015) students will be working with community members to develop a vision for the development of South Bethlehem’s western gateway area, and on practical projects that improve walkability on Adams Street in South Bethlehem. Students interested in joining the group must apply by completing an application that will be evaluated by an Advisory Group made up of Lehigh faculty and staff who review all applications and select participants. Members of SPIG may be eligible to receive course credit for their involvement with the group. Please feel free to direct any questions about the group or how to become involved to Karen Beck Pooley at firstname.lastname@example.org.