The following dates / events are a listing of significant activities regarding University efforts subsequent to the death of Ms. Davis.
Nov. 14, 2014: Ms. Letitia Davis assaulted in Fairmount Park.
Nov. 22, 2014: Ms. Davis passed away.
Dec. 2, 2014: President Bardo announces formation of the "Enough is Enough" Task Force.
Dec. 4, 2014: University issues press release about the Task Force. » Read the Enough is Enough story in the Wichita Eagle
Jan. 22, 2015: University works with Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center to host a community conversation in Fairmount Park about "Confronting the Reality of Sexual Violence in Wichita."
Feb. 2, 2015: A meeting is held at City Hall with Councilwoman Lavonta Williams and numerous officials of the City of Wichita to discuss objectives and aspirations of the Enough is Enough Task Force.
Feb. 15, 2015: Shocker Neighborhood Coalition formalized with seven "focus areas" headed by University volunteers.
April 24, 2015: University works with the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center to host "Take Back the Night Walk" in the Fairmount neighborhood.
May 15, 2015: University advised by the Kansas Health Foundation that WSU's proposal for a Community Engagement Initiative grant had been accepted. » Read more about the KHF grant in WSU News
June 25, 2015: Initiative orientation (for the grant) held at the Kansas Health Foundation.
July 1, 2015: Ted Ayres officially assumed responsibilities as Director of Community Engagement and Opportunity for WSU.
Aug. 5, 2015: Ted Ayres meets with Mayor Longwell to discuss the Enough is Enough Task Force.
Aug. 14, 2015: KMUW publishes a story about the Fairmount neighborhood. » Read or listen to the KMUW Fairmount neighborhood story
Aug. 18, 2015: Darryl Carrington begins duties as Community Liaison for purposes of the Kansas Health Foundation grant.
Aug. 19, 2015: Student Affairs sponsors a Safety Forum at the Campus Activities Center on campus.
Sept. 1, 2015: Webpage for Office of Community Engagement and Opportunity created.
Sept. 2, 2015: A meeting and tour of housing is held in the Price Woodard Neighborhood with officials of Wichita Habitat for Humanity.
Sept. 10, 2015: Kick-off community meeting (related to KHF grant) with residents of the Fairmount Neighborhood (more than 100 in attendance).
Sept. 12, 2015: Follow-up meeting with Fairmount Neighborhood residents to report out the results of the September 10 meeting.
Sept. 14, 2015: University Student Government Association sponsors a Campus Safety Town Hall meeting.
Sept. 15, 2015: University organizes a Celebrate Safe Communities event in Fairmount Park.
Sept. 17, 2015: University sponsors a campus safety walk on campus.
Sept. 23, 2015: A meeting is held involving City Councilwoman Williams, representatives of the Wichita Police Department, the WSU Police Department, the City of Wichita and University officials to discuss ways to improve lighting around campus.
Sept. 30, 2015: Ted Ayres meets with City Manager Layton to discuss the Enough is Enough Task Force.
Oct. 1, 2015: University becomes a member of the Wichita Crime Commission.
Oct. 15, 2015: The first meeting of the Fairmount Neighborhood Stakeholders / Leadership Group held on campus.
Oct. 29, 2015: Ted Ayres meets with Dr. John Tape of the Lutheran Student Center.
Nov. 12, 2015: Ted Ayres meets with Dr. Claudia Pederson with regard to the Inside Out Art Project featuring photographs of the Celebrate Safe Communities Event in Fairmount Park on September 15, 2015.
Nov. 19, 2015: WSU hosts meeting of the Fairmount Stakeholders Leadership Committee.
Nov. 20, 2015: WSU hosts a memorial celebration of the life of Letitia Davis at the Fairmount United Church of Christ.
Nov. 22, 2015: Ted Ayres is a speaker at the Beyond Tolerance community event at Century II.
Jan. 21, 2016: WSU hosts a meeting of the Fairmount Stakeholders Leadership Committee.
Jan. 27, 2016: Ted Ayres meets with officials of KSUN-FM to explore possible cooperative efforts between the station and WSU.
Jan. 28, 2016: WSU hosts a Fairmount Neighborhood Community Safety Conversation at the Fairmount Community Center.
Feb. 4, 2016: Ted Ayres meets with the Board of Directors of the Greater Wichita Ministerial Alliance.
Feb. 18, 2016: WSU hosts a meeting of the Fairmount Stakeholders Leadership Committee.
Feb. 26, 2016: Ted Ayres meets with the City of Wichita’s new Chief of Police, Gordon Ramsey.
March 3, 2016: Installation of the Inside Out Art Project takes place at Brennan Hall, Buildings II and III.
March 7, 2016: With the leadership of Darryl Carrington, distribution of light bulbs for “Operation Front Porch” begins in the Fairmount neighborhood.
March 23, 2016: Ted Ayres meets with members of the Board of Directors of Wichita Crimestoppers to explore possible cooperative efforts between Crimestoppers and WSU.
March 23, 2016: WSU hosts a meeting of the Fairmount Stakeholders Leadership Committee.
April 8, 2016: Ted Ayres attends a meeting of the Crimestoppers Advisory Committee.
April 21, 2016: WSU hosts a meeting of the Fairmount Stakeholders Leadership Committee.
April 29, 2016: University works with the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center to host the second annual “Take Back The Night Walk” in the Fairmount neighborhood.
April 30, 2016: Wichita State University International Admissions celebrated spring with a BBQ cookout at Fairmount Park. They enjoyed food and drink while playing soccer, volleyball and basketball
May 2-3, 2016: Wichita State University and the Kansas Health Foundation host a statewide summit of Kansas Health Foundation community engagement grant recipients at the Fairmount Community Center to share information and provide leadership training.
May 7, 2016: The Education group of the Shocker Neighborhood Coalition sponsors a Bicycle Rodeo in Fairmount Park.
June 29, 2016: The Shocker Neighborhood Coalition is featured in a story by WSU News. » Read the SNC story in WSU News
April 8, 2017: WSU partners with Via Christi and the City of Wichita to host Medical Mission at Home, a day of free health care, in Fairmount Park.
A Day of Free Health Care
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Fairmount Park, 1647 N. Yale, Wichita, KS 67218
Join us for our Medical Mission at Home at Fairmount Park, where we’ll be offering spiritually centered care designed to improve the health of your whole family and the health of our community. Best of all, it’s free, so no insurance is needed. But don't delay, registration ends at 3 p.m.
- Medical care and testing
- Dental, vision and hearing screening
- Foot care
- Community services
- Connection to follow-up care and more
For more information or to volunteer, visit viachristi.org/medicalmission.
Sept. 5, 2017: Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Little Free Library at the corner of 16th and Yale in Fairmount Park. The library was set up with help from Peter Mader from the WSU Physical Plant and Prisca Barnes, President and CEO of StoryTime Village.
Sept. 28, 2017: Fairmount residents and members of the Office of Community Engagement and Opportunity, The Public Policy Management Center, Wichita City Council and the Shocker Neighborhood Coaltion present their findings from an extensive neighborhood survey, made possible in part by the Kansas Health Foundation grant awarded to the office in 2015.
Speaking out about community engagement - does it work?
WICHITA, Kan. — For decades, the residents of the historic Fairmount neighborhood
near Wichita State University have worked to address neighborhood health and safety
concerns. A resident survey conducted by Wichita State University successfully defined
these concerns and the community’s dedication to addressing them. Part one of the
survey gauges residents’ perceptions of the community. University officials, and neighborhood
leaders and volunteers, will present this part of the study findings from 1-2 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 28, in the community center at Fairmount Park, 1647 N. Yale.
Wichita State created the Community Engagement and Opportunity office to help neighborhood residents and community leaders work together with university resources, City of Wichita and other community organizations to help solve issues and make the neighborhood a better place for everyone. The Shocker Neighborhood Coalition (SNC) grew out of that office to work directly with Fairmount residents and has worked alongside residents during the past three years to build a healthy and active community south of the campus.
Ted Ayres, WSU director of community engagement and opportunity, sees huge benefits in the project. “It has been an exciting opportunity to work with and alongside the residents of the Fairmount neighborhood to seek positive and viable solutions and create a self-sustaining energy regarding the quality of life of the neighborhood,” said Ayres. “In so doing, we hope to create models that will prove useful in other neighborhoods in Wichita and on a statewide and national basis.”
Funding from the Kansas Health Foundation provided dedicated resources for staff, community engagement expertise and a support network for WSU to work more comprehensively with the Fairmount community. Wichita State University President John Bardo requested the comprehensive survey of neighborhood residents with assistance from the SNC to understand perceptions and needs of the community.
Led by Mark Glaser, the university conducted an in-depth survey of Fairmount residents. The survey had an incredible response rate, as nearly 400 residents completed the survey, and is energizing the collaboration between the university and neighborhood. Parts two and three of the study will be announced later in the fall. These parts of the study include a household needs assessment and a look at the connection between the neighborhood and the university. Results from the survey will help the Community Engagement and Opportunity Office and the SNC better assist residents to make changes and solve community issues.
“Part 1 of the study provides evidence that Fairmount residents are prepared to do their part as contributors to neighborhood improvement,” says Glaser, “This research also provides evidence that race is not a barrier to collaboration between neighbors. In fact, the Fairmount neighborhood has the potential for becoming a model for race relations for the larger community.”
SNC community liaison Darryl Carrington assisted Dr. Glaser with the study and has worked alongside community members to develop neighborhood pride and to set goals to help the community-led efforts to address the needs and wants of Fairmount residents.
“My impressions of the success of the Fairmount Citizen Survey hinges on three main ingredients: leadership, expertise and passion,” said Carrington. “The President demonstrated leadership in asking, ‘How can I be a better neighbor?’ Dr. Mark Glaser, in his expertise, developed the model and inspired his students to manage the information collected. And the passionate members of the Fairmount neighborhood gave of themselves in the collection of information. This was a recipe for success.”
Nov. 16, 2017: The second segment of the Fairmount Neighborhood survey results are presented at Fairmount Coffee Co.
Dec. 22, 2017: The Little Free Library at 16th and Gentry is dedicated.
Jan. 4, 2018: Kids from the Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center came to campus for the Men's Basketball game v. Houston. Thank you to Wichita State Athletics for the generous ticket donation that made this possible.
April 14, 2018: WSU partners with Via Christi and the City of Wichita to host Medical Mission at Home, a day of free health care.
May 16, 2018: The Fairmount Neighborhood is featured in the Kansas Health Foundation's Health Happenings eNews. » Watch the KHF May 2018 eNews video