“Being Ghetto”: Identifying the Labeling Origins of Urban Community Centers

By Emad Rahim.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The purpose of this paper is to identify the origins to the classification of community centers in Syracuse New York as being “ghetto” and its connections to unethical behaviors and actions within these agencies. The paper will examine possible internal and external influences to the labeling problem, its impact to community servicing, program development, funding and stereotypes. The results from the study will be used to help these community agencies identify the origin to this labeling problem and use the information to develop solutions such as policy changes and action steps to mitigate or eliminate current problems or procedures that will prevent the classification to occur.

Keywords: Labeling, Diversity, Stereotypes, Nonprofits, Co-operative Inquiry, Human Service, Inclusion

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.47-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 726.762KB).

Dr. Emad Rahim

Faculty/ Instructor, School of Business, Colorado Technical University, Syracuse, NY, USA

Instructor of business and project management courses for Colorado Technical University. An experience lecturer, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses using multi-media presentational tools. A Consultant for Innovative Development Incorporated providing services for small businesses and nonprofit organizations, specializing in the areas of project management, technology, programming, leadership, marketing and service development. The previous President of the Human Service Association of Central New York, with over 10 years of nonprofit and public service management experience. Currently pursing a Doctorate of Management (D.M) in Organizational Development at Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, CO. Dissertation focusing in nonprofit organizational transformation; applying corporate methodology to improve nonprofit and public service programming and delivery of services.


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