Since 2013 Bike Walk Wichita has been the beneficiary of a immensely productive relationship with the clinical- community psychology doctoral program at Wichita State University. Professor Greg Meissen has directed a number of students to work as interns with Bike Walk Wichita. The results have been significant for a nonprofit like Bike Walk Wichita, whose budget for research and development is zero! Here’s a few snapshots our friends from WSU:
My name is Jasmine Harris. I am a clinical psychology graduate student at Wichita State University. I was given the privilege of being assigned to work with Bike Walk Wichita for my community practicum. My role was to promote Bike Walk Wichita using social media. This includes getting people involved with more events, advocacy and active transportation as a whole. Hopefully by the end of practicum, membership totals will increase and include a more diverse population.
My name is Sarah Staats, and I am a doctoral candidate in Clinical-Community Psychology at Wichita State University. One of my passions is helping people live healthy, vibrant lives through physical activity. This interest led me to intern with Bike Walk Wichita to advocate for bikeability and walkability in the Wichita area. In my capacity-building work with this incredible organization, I helped developed the membership model now in use, created templates to assist in grant-writing, trained leadership in IRS requirements and state incorporation requirements for 501(c)3 organizations, and co-facilitated board training. Most importantly, I made lasting connections with a warm and encouraging community who grew my love for active forms of transportation. The experience of working with BWW was enriching and rewarding (and just plain FUN) in every way: professionally, personally, socially.
What’s new in Collaboration
- Get out and ride! - Even during winter bicycling can be a fun and healthy way to exercise and get around. There are lots of options, from bike paths in the parks, mountain biking, or some of the group rides around town. Check out our Local Rides page for more info! Local Rides
- Team RWB making a big difference at ReCycle! - I want to thank Team RWB for helping at ReCycle last night! Thanks Kevin, Shane, Ulysses, Melinda, we got a lot done. 2 racks for bike wheels, and the ReCycle storage room is all perfectly tidy and organized. Well, we’ll just say progress was made, still lots to do!
- Joy of Voting with Citizen University! - Bike Walk Wichita is partnering with Citizen University and a number of local groups to promote the Joy of Voting! Join us Saturday Oct 1st at the North End Urban Art Festival, or around town all the way until our Party at the Polls event to get more information on the Joy of Voting. Its