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Emily Sladek

Manager for Higher Education Engagement

Emily joined the Democracy Collaborative in November 2015. She leads the Collaborative's higher education programming and manages the Anchor Dashboard Learning Cohort program. In 2018 she formed a strategic partnership with the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, known as the Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative that includes over 30 public and private universities and colleges from across North America.

While originally from Iowa, she spent several years in the Pacific Northwest and earned a Masters in Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Emily has a background in research and evaluation for academic bridge programs (TRiO) as well as the Gateways for Incarcerated Youth program, which provides education pathways to youth in the juvenile offender system. Previously, she interned with the Peace Economy Transitions program at the Institute of Policy Studies identifying best practices in community-led economic development in converting the defense industry to civilian uses.

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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