Katie Sanders (MIPA ’05) received a Driven to Achieve Award from the Donald Driver Foundation on March 24. Sanders is executive director of Safe & Sound, a nonprofit organization that helps unite residents, youth, law enforcement, and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods in Milwaukee.
The award includes a $40,000 donation to Safe & Sound, which focuses on improving community-police relations and public safety in 10 Milwaukee neighborhoods. Sanders grew up in one of these areas – the Sherman Park neighborhood, where two days of violence followed an officer-involved shooting in 2016.
“It will support programs like Project 943, which addresses reckless driving; Face 2 Face, which breaks down stereotypes and brings people together to combat racism; and block parties, which bring together residents to build up the trust and cohesion that neighborhoods need to be successful,” Sanders said in an interview with the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee.
Sanders also participated in a panel discussion during Community Organizations and the Decline of Crime in America’s Cities – a half-day conference at Marquette University on March 7. The conference featured a conversation with New York University sociologist Patrick Sharkey, who wrote Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence.
In his book, Sharkey highlights ‘urban guardians,’ which Sanders said during the conference “is exactly what we’re working on building capacity for in the 10 priority neighborhoods.” A related article in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also featured Safe & Sound and Sanders.