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Emily Sladek

Senior Program Associate for Higher Education

Emily joined the Democracy Collaborative in November 2015 as Research Assistant to Steve Dubb working on the Community Wealth Building program. With a background in research and evaluation for academic bridge programs (Department of Education TRiO) as well as the Gateways for Incarcerated Youth (Gateways) program, which provides education pathways to youth in the juvenile justice system, Emily collaborates with communities to collect culturally relevant data that strengthens organizational and policy development. Most recently, she interned with the Peace Economy Transitions program at the Institute of Policy Studies identifying best practices to convert the defense industry to more community-determined economic models.

While originally from Iowa, Emily spent several years in the Pacific Northwest, earning both a Bachelors and a Masters from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She thrived in Evergreen’s interdisciplinary, collaborative learning environment where she studied physics, popular education, juvenile justice, and the history of the labor, civil rights, and free-trade movements.

Emily’s Masters in Public Administration concentrated on public policy and nonprofit administration. Serving as program manager, she completed an evaluation plan and longitudinal survey for Gateways. With her in-depth knowledge of state, higher education, and community-based institutions, she was able to develop memos of understanding for data collection that would strengthen agency partnerships and learning outcomes for college students and incarcerated youth. 

She is excited to be living in her first big city and comparing East Coast with Northwest seafood.

Selected Publications: 

Higher Education’s Anchor Mission: Measuring Place-Based Engagement

Emily Sladek

Our new report, Higher Education's Anchor Mission, examines how an ongoing—and expanding—effort to track the impact of colleges and universities on the financial and social well-being of their surrounding neighborhoods is helping these anchor institutions align their resources to build stronger community partnerships and create more inclusive local economies.

Gateways for Incarcerated Youth Alumni Survey

Emily Sladek, Laura Coghlan, John Lanning and Cindy Meyer
The Evergreen State College

This publication, co-authored by Democracy Collaborative Research Assistant Emily Sladek, constitutes a survey of former students from the Gateways Evergreen College Class from the years 1997-98 through 2009-10. Gateways is "a culturally responsive educational initiative that works in partnership with the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) and The Evergreen State College in Washington State":

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