The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative's (DSNI) mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create and control a vibrant, diverse and high-quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners.
Recently updated in 2018, DSNI’s main areas of focus encompass our mission and help us fulfill our commitment to work with the community to harness resident voices and foster local leadership. Are you interested in learning more about our strategic road map?
The structure of our Board of Directors is a true testament to how we value resident leadership and control. Every two years, the community elects our 35-member Board. The Board consists of representatives from each of the major ethnic groups in our community-African-Americans, Cape Verdeans, Latinos and Whites, as well as seats for youth (ages 14-17), local non-profits, CDCs, businesses and religious institutions.
Over the last 2 years, we have been part of a unique community development partnership with the City of Boston to implement the Upham’s Corner Arts & Innovation District. We recently achieved a major milestone with the imminent release of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for redevelopment of several important properties along Columbia Road in the Upham’s Corner area of Dorchester.
Over the past year, under the leadership of local artist and DSNI staff member, Kalamu “Kal” Kieta, we brought intergenerational community members together to spark creativity, conversation and expression through the creation and design of 24 public benches.
We are excited to announce that we are one of the Massachusetts Census Equity Fund grantees! Building up to the 2020 Census, DSNI will be part of a cohort of organizations focused on increasing participation in communities that are at high risks of being under counted.
On February 8, 2019, we hosted over 200 residents (of all ages!), local business owners, nonprofit leaders, and other stakeholders for our annual open house. We all enjoyed the music from the Sheila Del Bosque Trio and great food representing different cultures.
We are currently engaged in a search for our next Executive Director. Interim Director, Denise Barros has been readying DSNI for a permanent Executive Director who we hope to have in place by May 2019. We are ready to have that leader join us and we think that our next Executive Director is likely to come from our talented networks.
For over 30 years, the Boston Plan for Excellence has worked across Boston to improve educational outcomes and to train teachers, particularly teachers of color. For the past several years, DSNI has worked closely with BPE to build high-quality K1-12 pathways for all Dudley students.
DSNI and Tufts University have signed a 3-year CORE (Co-learning/Co-research) agreement based on a community centered teaching and research partnership. Tuft’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) has long been a close partner of DSNI.
On Saturday, August 18th, over 500 Dudley residents and supporters of all ages came together to celebrate our community. This included 95 musicians, dancers, actors, circus performers, painters, healing artists, and creative placemakers from Dudley to Cape Verde
From Upham’s Corner to Roxbury Crossing…. That’s how far 2 miles is, and some young residents of the Dudley Village campus are having to walk that distance twice daily in order to get to school. That’s because in order to get a free “M7” MBTA pass from Boston Public Schools, a high school student must live at least 2 miles from the school building.