Humphrey School's Kathy Quick Recognized for Community Engagement
Widely known for bringing communities and stakeholders together to solve an array of challenges—from community policing and traffic safety on tribal lands to the threat of the emerald ash borer—Associate Professor Kathy Quick was a finalist for the University of Minnesota President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award.
The eight nominees for the award, who come from throughout the University, demonstrate academically relevant work that advances scholarship in one or more academic disciplines; is conducted in partnership with external entities; and addresses critical societal issues.
Quick works in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs' leadership and management area with a focus on what it takes to be an effective leader, particularly in local levels of government or community organizations.
“The work I do is really oriented to helping diverse community members come together around complex public problems,” Quick said.
Two projects she’s currently involved in illustrate that approach.
- Quick is leading a research project examining roadway safety on tribal lands in Minnesota. There are more accidents on roads that run through tribal areas than in other parts of the state. Quick is working with governments of four Ojibwe bands—Mille Lacs, Fond du Lac, Leech Lake, and Red Lake—to determine why that is and to recommend ways to address the issue.
- Quick is co-chair of the Falcon Heights Task Force on Inclusion and Policing, which was created after the police shooting death of an African American man, Philando Castile, in July 2016 after a routine traffic stop. The mayor of Falcon Heights asked Quick to serve on the task force because of her background in leadership training. The panel is charged with assessing the community’s values toward policing standards, advising the city on police structure, and encouraging ongoing community dialog.
“The work that I do helps me to bring concrete examples to my students, and helps bring my students out into engagement work through class projects, providing service, and learning from it,” said Quick. “It keeps my work real, in a way.”
The winner of the 2017 Community-Engaged Scholar Award, announced on March 30, is College of Biological Sciences Professor George Weiblen.