BSW Students Partner with Initiative in West Louisville’s Parkland Community

BSW students SW406 class


The Center for Neighborhoods and the Parkland Community held a kickoff event at Irma Dee's Restaurant in January 2019 in which BSW students attended and reflected on the successes of the Better Block Louisville program and the possibilities for Parkland this year. The Better Block program helps to revitalize an area in the community with the intention to rebuild the area and attract new businesses and development. The Center for Neighborhoods partners with neighborhood associations each year to promote community growth and enhancement of the neighborhood built from within the community. This year the Parkland community focus is on 28th Street and Dumesnil.Shawnee Library assets


Kent Instructor Liz Dumbaugh Martin and BSW seniors in the Generalist Practice IV course (SW406) partnered with, Mikal Forbush, from the Center for Neighborhoods for the Better Block Parkland Project in West Louisville.  The students participated in the program by conducting asset mapping using a strength focused, appreciative inquiry lens, in six categories that will move toward community organizing and visioning of the residents. In total, the class logged 240 community assets for the agency that included some services like free haircuts for children by a local barbershop and free assistance with taxes, resumes and computer skills at the Shawnee Library Branch.

Students also highlighted several area establishments such as the Lyles Mall which was created by a former UL running back and now donor to the university, Lenny Lyles.  Lyles has also been attributed with breaking the color barrier to UL scholarships from within West Louisville.

The students who participated in the program were: Michael Barkley, Raquel Barry Lauren Bauer, Mackenzie Brinkley, Madison Blair, Zoe Corus, Tiffany Donahue, Ahmed Fahed, Anissa Hayden, Millenia Hernandez, Deja Johnson, Christina Jones, Kaylee Korfhage, Jimmy Lynch, Eric McGuire-Estes, Grace Mitchell, Tasheena Moore, Amanda Nelson, Kate Nenortas, Loretta Petrosky, Kayla Ray, Malea Roberson, Robert Switzer and Tyree Williams.

BSW students Lyles Mall

In March 2019, the Parkland neighbors gathered to create an innovative design to activate the corridor of S. 28th Street between Virginia and Dumesnil.  Reflecting on the powerful history of the neighborhood, Parkland is celebrating working together towards a better block for everyone.


The Center for Neighborhoods is hosting a Better Block event in the Parkland community with music, food and fun June 8-15, 2019 to further celebrate the history and revitalization of the Parkland neighborhood. [Download event flyer]

BSW students SW406 class