Each year the Leadership Quest program participants take part in a regional issue immersion and analysis experience.  These self-selected teams are based on concern for a specific issue.  Class members are expected to:

  • Employ inquiry as a community leadership skill
  • Use analytical methods to understand complex issues involving multiple stakeholders and conflicting agendas
  • Think about long-term improvements at a systemic, policy level

Below you will find the final reports from the Leadership Quest Class of 2017's immersion experience.

ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE
How do you define access? Access to healthcare carries different meanings to different people. Hear about the various definitions that this immersion group discovered, as well as their exploration into the root of the issue. Learn what you can do personally to improve access to healthcare in our communities.
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Group Members: Stacy Buchanan, Marcia DuBois, Toney Hall, Joseph Jones, Hung Le, Jeff Scharf, Matthew Shapiro, Margaret Taylor

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Through a variety of interviews this immersion group did a deep dive into one of the many hurdles associated with achieving the “American Dream.” The journey to home ownership is not even fathomable for most residents in public housing. Read about the challenges faced by those seeking affordable housing, followed by the group’s recommendation on how we might move forward.
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Group Members: Nicole Barr, Carter Buxbaum, Les Carter, David Daniels, Stephen Davenport, Gwen Davis, Suzy Keeley, Frank Macrina, Maria Tabb, Chris Winslow

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AGE WAVE
By 2060 roughly over 24 percent of the population will be over the age of 65 (from The Population Reference Bureau report, "Aging in the United States", January 2016). Learn what that means for the Richmond region and how we can be prepared to accommodate and include this growing segment of the population in our communities.
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Group Members: Emily Ashley, William Carter, Ali Cunningham, Stefanie Fedor, Paul Hendricks, Daphne Hill, Brandon Hinton, May Nivar, Lorae Ponder, Clara Sisisky

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CRIME
What happens after ex-offenders return to society? Many are arrested again. So this group used their immersion interviews to find out why and how this can prevented. Read about what is being done here at the local level to reduce recidivism rates in our region.
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Group Members: Dorian Daniels, Theresa Johnson, Joseph Jones, Carol Jones-Gilbert, Jamal Miles, Chasity Miller, Sandy Miller, Kim Russell, Jean Segner, Sarah Whiting

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IMMIGRATION
There are many misconceptions associated with how immigrants enter into this country and assimilate into our communities. This immersion group worked hard to uncover and share widely the truths of the immigrant journey as well as their struggles once they cross our borders. Read about their work which continues to stretch beyond the timeline and requirements of the Quest program.
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Group Members: Jerry Baker, Eva Colen, Barbara Jacocks, Renee Knight, Alyssa McBride, Martha Merritt, Jan Nelson, Brooke Purcell, Linda Tissiere, Renae Townsend

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RACE RELATIONS
Read about how this homogeneous immersion group tackled the topic of race relations, from strategy creation to implementation and reflection on the experience.
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Group Members: Diane Beirne, Ty Crone, Molly Fuller, Sarah Griebel, Bart Hinkle, Sarah Kim, Mike Pressendo, Garret Prior, Nelson Reveley, Courtney Worrell

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REGIONAL HISTORY
Explore an era of our history often overlooked, the “Gilded Age” (1890-1920). This period of time following the Civil War and prior to WWI encompasses the stories of family names such as Dooley, Ginter, and Byrd. This group not only presented facts from our past, but also informed us on how to continue to create context around anything we evaluate of historical significance.
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Group Members: J.T. Blau, Pauline Cheatham, Jack Cooper, Jeannette Cordor, Colleen Ewing, Lee Lester, Sean O’Hara, Natasha Stevens, Becky Tres, James Wallace

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