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Hill House Students


 Hill House students


2014-2015 Hill House students

Jessica Bertram, Keira Martin, Katlyn Farris, and Alekhya  Patagarla


Katlyn Farris

Bachelor Degree: Political Science and Organizational Leadership

Master's Degree: Leadership Dynamics

Research or community development work at the Hill House:

This past fall, Katlyn began researching Place Identity Theory and Community Development in the E. 11th Street Community through examining the connection between place identity and community development within the neighborhood. The purpose of the research is to study long-term empowerment of the individuals living within the community who experience the university lead community development program. Seeking to understand if the addition of resources has evoked resilience and engagement with citizens.


Katlyn has also been working with local government agencies to plan events that foster community building at Hill House events and enable neighborhoods to become more aware of their environment. Connecting with government allows the Hill House to reach the goals of neighbors becoming resilient and better their own neighborhood.  


Keira Martin

Bachelor Degree: Interdisciplinary Studies emphasis in Social Behavioral Science

Master's Degree: Student Affairs and Higher Education

Research or community development work at the Hill House:

Keira’s research has involved the development of Project L.I.F.E. at the Academy at Eleventh Street. Project L.I.F.E. is a ten-week student enhancement program modeled after the first generation college student enhancement programs, Project C.L.A.S.S. and The Come Up.

Project L.I.F.E. engages students in learning vital life skills through four core principles: leadership, independence, freedom, and empowerment. Project L.I.F.E. motivates students by positively influencing students’ attitudes towards their future. The program gives participants an opportunity to get connected to their community, local leaders, teachers, and their peers as they create a personal vision for their success. Project L.I.F.E. teaches the importance of obtaining a quality education, developing leadership skills and a true sense of independence through self led opportunities. And there’s so much more, it is intended to be a life changing experience.


Alekhya Patagarla

Bachelor Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

Master's Degree: Master of Healthcare Administration

Research or community development work at the Hill House:

Alekhya’s community-based- research involves work with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Combat Veterans. Expecting the community to accommodate the upcoming veteran students to continue their education in the Western Kentucky University (WKU). The research focuses on finding new unidentified diagnostic symptoms to help and avoid misdiagnosing of PTSD so as to obtain treatment.


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