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Smith Institute for Applied Research endeavors to conduct research that supports community efforts in improving the neighborhoods surrounding Johnson C. Smith University. Various research projects tied to the community include:map_beattiesFord_corridor_03_color

INDABA and Northwest Corridor Council of Elders

Indaba, or important gathering, is a community forum,

01-25-18 Council of Elders Meeting (3)

JCSU President Clarence D. Armbrister welcomes the Council of Elders to campus

common among African tribes. Johnson C. Smith University takes pride in hosting the Indaba where representatives from the neighborhoods and businesses in the Northwest Corridor, elected officials representing the area, and civic leaders throughout Charlotte all come together.  From this larger, community group a Northwest Corridor Council of Elders serves as the community resident leadership for the Indaba.

Held annually, the Indaba is a community planning day where 100+ residents are immersed in dialogue, sharing concerns and ideas on topics affecting the Northwest Corridor.  They hear local experts share their insights on economic development, land-use planning, education, small business development and community leadership.  To date, there have been seven Indabas hosted by the President’s Office and the Northwest Corridor Council of Elders. 
Members of the esteemed Northwest Corridor Council of Elders are:
Judge Shirley Fulton     (President) Mattie Marshall
J’Tanya Adams Rev. Mildred McCullough
Rev. Cornelius Atkinson Calvin McDougal
Thelma Byers-Bailey Lois Moore
Dorothy Counts-Scoggins Rev. Aaron Orr
Tammy Hill Bernetta Powell
Anna Hood Sarah Stevenson
Shannon Hughes Nancy Stroud
Carlenia Ivory Darrel Williams
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