Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Kaitlyn is originally from Southern Illinois but also calls Oklahoma, New Hampshire, Denmark and Oregon home. Kaitlyn is a graduate from The University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. During undergrad, Kaitlyn spent a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark learning and living into the countries’s policies and structures including visiting an open Danish Prison, speaking with sex workers, and solely relying on public transit and bicycle commuting. Additionally, Kaitlyn spent her summers interning with Teach For America’s National Institute in Tulsa where she supported school operations for over 5,000 students and over 500 teachers in their summer teacher training program. After graduation Kaitlyn moved to New Hampshire where she served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year. She supported 27 students in math and reading who represented over 12 countries in Manchester Public Schools. Kaitlyn then returned to Tulsa where she served a second year of AmeriCorps service with Reading Partners, a literacy tutoring program, where she ran site operations for over 70 students receiving biweekly tutoring from over 130 community tutors. After spending the past 6 years working with students, teachers, and families across the country, Kaitlyn decided to return to the classroom again, but this time as the student. Kaitlyn is thrilled to learn as much as she can from the faculty in the School of Public and International Affairs. Kaitlyn hopes to understand the decisions local government make in terms of budget, management, and policy, and how these choices affect our students, teachers, and their families. When Kaitlyn is not in class, you can find her working as the graduate assistant for the Foundation Fellows and Ramsey Scholars program in the Honors College, exploring her new home in Athens, or planning her next camping trip.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, The University of Tulsa, 2018, Sociology

During her time at TU Kaitlyn excelled in academics and extracurriculars. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and minors in Marketing and Law, Policy, & Society Kaitlyn received the honors of Magna Cum Laude and was selected as the recipient for ‘Outstanding Commitment to Sociology’ by the department. During undergrad, Kaitlyn had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark learning and living into the countries’s policies and structures. This included courses around Sex Work in Europe, Public Health Ethics, and Criminology & Criminal Justice in Scandinavia. During her time in Copenhagen, Kaitlyn traveled solely by bike or public transit, visited an Open Danish Prison and spoke to sex workers in Amsterdam.

Of Note

Outstanding Academics at The University of Tulsa (2015-­‐2018)-­‐ Received 7 semesters for academic achievement and a GPA above a 3.5 Phi Eta Sigma (2015)- National Honor Society awarding academic excellence for freshman in higher learning institutions Phi Beta Kappa (2017)- The Nation’s most prestigious academic Honor Society where chapters select only 10% of their arts and sciences students to join. Students selected based off their academic achievements at the University of Tulsa, because of their commitment to learning in a broad range of studies, and because of their academic integrity and strength of character. Mortar Board (2017)- Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership, and service. Alpha Kappa Delta (2018)- The International Honor Society of Sociology with the goal to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. (Founding member and President) Panhellenic Outstanding Senior (2018)-­‐ Chosen from a pool of 25 applicants. This award honors seniors who have had outstanding involvement in Panhellenic, The University of Tulsa campus, and the Tulsa community. Nominee for Sarah Ida Shaw Award (2018)-­‐ The award recognizes the most exceptional brave, bold and kind woman who remains dedicated to Tri Delta’s Purpose and ideals and has shown significant unselfish leadership in her chapter, campus and community. Outstanding Commitment to Sociology (2018)- Selected by faculty for outstanding commitment to the sociology department, positive impact in the community, and academic achievement. Excellence in Service (2019)- Received for outstanding commitment and contributions to City Year

Research Interests

Community engagement

Public management

State/local government finances

Voter engagement in local/state elections