2023 CDS Annual Conference
July 16 - 19 in Portland, Oregon
'Hood and Holler: Similarities and Differences in Urban and Rural Community Development
After a cancelled 2020 conference followed by two virtual conferences, we are extremely excited to be gathering together in person with our co-hosts Portland State University and Oregon State University. We look forward to seeing old friends and welcoming many new members. We hope you will join us!
The Community Development Society (CDS) is the longest standing professional society in the field, having been founded in 1969, amidst an era of social change. Today, CDS embraces a renewed commitment to social justice, solidarity, and equity centered community change. For our professional Society, this requires revising our Principles of Good Practice with a broader membership, changing how we operate, and expanding what we offer to our Members and the field of practice.
The field of Community Development is fragmented by many disciplinary homes, areas of specialization, and geographic emphases. By convening around shared visions of community quality of life, health, resilience, justice, and sustainability, we can find new ways to enhance the community development ecosystem and industry. Systemic improvement is sought through cross-pollination among activists, practitioners, and scholars; across numerous types of expertise in community building, community development, and community economic development; and across civic, public, nonprofit, and private sectors. The 2023 conference theme, ‘Hood and Holler: Similarities and Differences in Urban and Rural Community Development, provides an exciting opportunity for this type of exchange and mutual learning.
The terms ‘Hood and Holler are used by those in communities that privileged professionals often target for their work. While outsiders may use them derisively, community members themselves use these terms with affection toward their home places. CDS Members are found in both categories, and reclaiming the meaning of such labels and language is important to empowerment. We seek to lift up histories of economic exploitation and disinvestment, cultural and institutional marginalization, and structural power differentials that shape urban and rural communities alike. While challenges and opportunities in urban and rural communities can differ dramatically, many similarities are found, including how systems of privilege perpetuate:
- Poverty, income inequalities, and wealth gaps
- Disparities in health and educational outcomes
- Uneven burdens of environmental hazards and impacts of climate change
- Insufficient housing quality, affordability, and accessibility
- Lack of necessary goods and services (e.g., broadband access, healthcare, food deserts)
- Limited local employment opportunities
- Limited local organizational and institutional support or capacity
Furthermore, as communities confront these challenges, they share similar community building strategies and social action that center:
- Passionate neighbors seeking change
- Developing critical consciousness
- Education for political action
- Equity-oriented, peaceful change
- Cultural and environmental assets unique to the people and place
- Collective care and mutual aid
Community developers from all walks of life grapple with these local challenges and leverage local opportunities in myriad ways. Concurrent sessions will include academic paper presentations, program and project presentations, storytelling circles, and roundtables from activists, practitioners, and scholars.
Also look forward to our much-loved and warmly hosted CDS conference activities:
- Pre-Conference Workshops
- Mobile Workshops
- Awards Banquet
- Annual Business Meeting
Become a Sponsor
The 2023 CDS Annual Conference provides an exciting opportunity to present, discuss, and learn more about the challenges and opportunities we encounter as community development scholars, activists, and practitioners. To host an exciting conference while keeping registration costs low for students, AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteers, and folks from grassroots organizations, we invite you to serve as a conference Sponsor. Sponsorship funds help defray the costs associated with keynote speakers and receptions, which include the Welcome Reception, the CDS Awards Banquet, and a Community Reception event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).
We are offering four sponsorship levels, each with benefits to your organization.
Listed in the Conference Program
Logo on the Conference Program and Webpage
Recognition during the Welcome Reception
Sponsor-supplied materials included in the Conference Participant Packet
Complimentary Conference Registration
Yes – 1
Yes – 2
Yes – 3
Complimentary Exhibit Space
A brief presentation about your organization (during the Awards Banquet or Community Reception, as appropriate)
If you have any questions or need additional information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Margaret Stout, Vice Chair of Programs, programs@CDSociety.org. Download a PDF version of this information here.