Alix Fisk's interest in direct and indirect service has grown into a dedication to research and community partnerships. She has worked collaboratively with faculty researchers and volunteers to create social change through specific projects. Alix motivates, inspires, and leads those around her to join in her dedication to community engagement. She is constantly willing to share her research and experiences with peers and campus partners. She energizes her peers and helps them understand that they can also make positive social changes through service and their experiences at the University of Kansas.
Between 2013 and 2016, I volunteered at a community organization in Topeka that serves the needs of low-income, marginalized residents in a neighborhood marked by high crime, poverty, and isolation. As a freshman at KU, I returned to this organization to collaborate with their leaders on a research project to address the root causes of poor health outcomes and the consequences of structural violence. Over Summer 2017, we conducted a study of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the associated negative health outcomes of adult residents. We are now in the process of writing a report based on these findings that will allow for more tailored interventions, data to add to future grant applications, and policy recommendations. I am passionately committed, and honored, to contribute to the improvements that will continue in this community. Through the Behavioral Economics lab at KU, I am now pursing opportunities to work with civic leaders and policymakers to achieve social change and eliminate health disparities. For example, beginning Spring 2018, I will be assisting with a research project on KU's tobacco-free campus policy. This project will evaluate the effectiveness of the policy and recommend improvements to university leaders.