As I reflect on our work using structured dialogue in Guilford County, NC, I become a witness to something happening in Next Generation Academy (NGA). Black parents begin to release some of the emotional burdens they retain from a long history of navigating the U.S. public education system.
Three years ago, the first cohort of Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) fellows embarked on a transformative personal and professional journey, stretching beyond their daily work and building leadership skills to drive social change. This year, as they become the program’s first graduates and alumni, we are celebrating all they have learned and the impact they have had in their communities.
This special issue—Unlocking Opportunities to Create a Culture of Health in Housing: Lessons from Interdisciplinary, Community-Engaged Research Teams—explores connections between housing and health, highlighting the research of sev
Are you ready for the big dance?
Getting to the big dance requires an effective team that attends to team-building and process. Building a winning basketball team takes the right coaching, players who learn to work well with each other, the fortitude to get through the season even with injuries, and maybe a little luck! Similarly, building a winning IRL team takes mentoring, some persistence, and teammates with different but complementary expertise, and knowledge of systems that lead to building a culture of health.
People often ask me what unique drive, mindset, or values motivate someone to pursue a leadership role. As I’ve had the pleasure of working with and coaching leaders throughout my career, one key trait stands out above the rest for me: Leaders care deeply about people and the world, and they see a gap between where we are and where we could be.