Katie Gienapp

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Katie Gienapp (she/her) is a Master of Public Affairs and M.S. in Urban & Regional Planning double degree student. Although she has lived many different places as the daughter of a former Air Force pilot, she always calls Wisconsin her home. Katie recently earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wheaton College (IL), where she wrote her senior thesis about the impact of place on social engagement. During her undergraduate career, she participated in multiple organizations that promoted antiracism and illuminated gender inequity. Her experiences as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in an assisted living facility, an administrator at her campus’ Military and Veteran Services Office, and a research assistant investigating Chicago’s social and ecclesial demographics have also helped her understand the various economic, racial, and gendered realities within the United States. As a graduate student, Katie hopes to investigate the way urban and regional planning and policies impact social stratification, particularly in rural communities.