Current work, research and interests
Kathryn is based in the Urban Youth Development office and working at UROC in North Minneapolis. Her primary focuses are building the capacity of caring adults working with young people and creating programs which foster social and emotional learning so all young people can thrive. She serves on the regional and statewide youth worker training team as well as the regional volunteer systems team. In addition, she is committed to expanding the diversity of the Extension Center for Youth Development programs through efforts such as the statewide diversity inclusion cohort and the cultural exchange program she piloted.
She led the development of many civic engagement/youth leadership clubs and experiences focused on engaging traditionally underserved communities, especially immigrant communities. Her graduate research in human geography focused on immigration and social movements. Through 4-H, she seeks to provide youth with opportunities to discover their own passions and to enlarge their sense of what is possible in life.
Academic degrees and experience
Sharpe, K. & Strand, J. (2016). Cultural Exchange Planning Guide. St. Paul: Regents of University of Minnesota.
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), Minneapolis