Looking Back, Moving Forward

Mitchell Center helps Katahdin region assess its economic and community resilience

In March 2016, Linda Silka, community psychologist and Senior Fellow at the Mitchell Center, wrote an Op-Ed in the Bangor Daily News describing the deep commitment of many UMaine faculty and students to work with communities in tackling complex or “wicked” problems at the intersection of economic, sociocultural, and environmental issues.

Jessica Masse, a community leader in the Millinocket region and member of the Katahdin Revitalization Group, read the op-ed and emailed Silka inviting her to come to the region to talk about “how we might be able to use UMaine research, particularly the ‘knowledge-to-action’ work at the Mitchell Center, to help our community tackle our transition from a papermaking community to a diversified economy that can flourish in the globalized economy.”

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