America Walks Announces Class of 2016 “Walking College” Fellows
America Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities, today announced the names of 25 local advocates who will participate in this year’s Walking College training program.
The 2016 class of Walking College Fellows hails from 19 different states, expanding the program into 10 new states. “This is our second presentation of the Walking College and we are delighted to welcome an extremely diverse group of Fellows,” said Ian Thomas, State and Local Program Director with America Walks, “The course will have an impact in communities large and small; urban, suburban, and rural; throughout the United States.”
The 25 newly appointed Walking College Fellows are:
Maria Sipin, a community advocate from Los Angeles, CA
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 international Pro Walk, Pro Bike, Pro Place conference in Vancouver, British Columbia and develop a task-oriented Strategic Plan for improving walkability in their communities.