Poster: Counter Spaces in Madison's Latino Communities

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

You'll learn about:

  • How counter spaces can increase educational attainment and resilience in Black and Latino communities 
  • How planners can determine accessibility of counter spaces in minority communities 
  • The benefits of increasing accessibility to counter spaces and their role in identity development 

Counter spaces are settings and locations where individuals from racial and ethnic minorities gather to share and validate their experiences. Research shows that counter spaces help increase educational attainment for Black and Latino students in predominately White academic institutions, and improve disenfranchised populations’ ability to develop resiliency when faced with oppressive social structures. Planners can help identify areas that promote these interactions and improve accessibility for minority populations to counter spaces.

This poster—an outgrowth of the relationship between spatial segregation and academic performance—draws from urban planning and counseling psychology to determine the location and accessibility of counter spaces in Madison, Wisconsin. It examines how University of Wisconsin–Madison doctoral students identified the spatial distribution of counter spaces and investigated how to further Latinx communities’ access to these resources within Madison, elsewhere in Wisconsin, and in other cities nationwide.



Activity Type: Posters