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Criminal Justice Class Presents Results of Refugee Population Mapping to Local Agencies

Posted: May 10, 2013

Gannon University; Dr. Christopher Magno, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice Program Director, led his Crime Mapping class in the development of two NEW maps showing the refugee community in Erie, Pa. As part of the students final project, on Thursday May 9th at 11:00 am in the Palumbo Academic Center, Room 2023, the class will be presenting framed maps to the Executive Directors of the International Institute and Catholic Charities.

These maps are hoped to directly assist the International Institute and Catholic Charities since they are the two initial refugee resettlement agencies.

The maps created by the class, using Geographical Information System (GIS) visually mapped data collected from refugees living in Erie. One map shows where refugees live by zip code and the other shows refugee location in Erie by originating country. A geographic information system (GIS) allows users to visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends. The class will explain the learning outcomes of the Crime Mapping class and the benefits of GIS.

This unique project conducted on Gannon's Campus was completed as part of Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability). The project is a continuation of efforts to strategically work closely with community partners for the betterment of our community. When Gannon Gives, Erie- GAINS.