Meet Our 2017 Walking College Fellows!
America Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities, today announced the names of 24 local advocates who will receive Fellowships to participate in this year’s Walking College training program.
The 2017 class of the Walking College represents 19 different states, expanding the reach of the program, now in its third year, to a total of 33 states plus one Canadian province. “We are delighted to welcome this group of passionate community leaders, who are working to improve walkability in urban, suburban, and rural areas throughout the country,” said Ian Thomas, State and Local Program Director with America Walks, “Several of this year’s Fellows identify themselves as people with disabilities, and so we expect to include a major focus on issues of access and inclusion in the group’s discussions and community activities.”
The newly-appointed Walking College Fellows are:
The Walking College curriculum has been designed to expand the capacity of local advocates to be effective community change agents. Fellows will complete a six-module distance-education program this summer, covering the science behind the benefits of walking, evaluation of built environments, as well as communication skills and building relationships with decision makers.
In September, they will participate in the National Walking Summit in St. Paul, Minnesota, and develop a Walking Action Plan for improving walkability in their communities.