Wichita State University's Shocker Neighborhood Coalition (SNC) has worked alongside Fairmount neighborhood residents over the past year to build a healthy and active community south of the campus. In May 2015, the SNC received a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to assist in community engagement of the Fairmount neighborhood.
Community liaison Darryl Carrington has worked alongside community members to develop an identity for the neighborhood to rally around. This will be based not only on the rich history of the neighborhood, but also on the needs and wants of Fairmount residents.
Led by Mark Glaser, the university’s Public Policy and Management Center, under the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, conducted an in-depth survey of Fairmount residents which successfully defined community concerns and the community’s dedication to addressing them. The survey had an incredible response rate, as nearly 400 residents completed it, and is energizing the collaboration between the university and neighborhood. Results from the survey will help the Community Engagement and Opportunity Office and the SNC better assist residents to make changes and solve community issues.
Part one of the survey gauges residents’ perceptions of the community. Part two reveals the community’s needs and concerns related to economic and social inclusion, access to health care and quality of life improvements. Part three of the study, which will be released in December, is a look at the connection between the neighborhood and the university.
The third and final part of a resident survey of the historic Fairmount neighborhood near Wichita State University, conducted by the Public Policy and Management Center at Wichita State, examines resident support of current or potential economic development taking place on WSU campus and in the surrounding area. Read the story about part 3.
Part two of a resident survey reveals the community’s needs and concerns related to economic and social inclusion, access to health care and quality of life improvements.
Funding for this initiative is provided by the Kansas Health Foundation.