Community Members Invited to Discuss Housing Research in Keokuk

[KEOKOK, IOWA] – How does safe, sanitary, and affordable housing matter to individuals, families, and the broader community in Keokuk and beyond?  University of Iowa School of Social Work graduate students will share their findings on the topic December 5, from 11am to 12pm at the Southeastern Community College student lounge in Barr-Wittenmyer Hall. Community members are invited to this free presentation. UI students, who have been learning about the challenges individuals and families experience with housing across the country and in Keokuk, will discuss their findings and plans.

The event will feature posters summarizing what students have learned and the projects they are proposing for next semester. Students’ posters will present findings from examining existing data and reviewing scholarly research articles on housing. They will include proposed next steps for research projects about residents’ experiences with housing in Keokuk and how housing matters for their well-being.  Students will also describe the kinds of evidence-based interventions they will look for in the Spring of 2020. Community members can ask questions and offer input.

The project is made possible through a year-long collaboration between the Keokuk community and the University of Iowa’s Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC).  More than 100 UI students from 14 different disciplines will complete 24 project in Keokuk during the 2019-20 academic year. 

  • Event Details:
  • Title: University of Iowa School of Social Work poster presentations on housing issues in Keokuk
  • Date/Time: December 5, 11am-12pm
  • Location: Southeastern Community College student lounge, Barr-Wittenmyer Hall (Building 200)
  • 335 Messenger Road
  • Keokuk, IA 52632

About the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities

The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) is a campus-wide, engaged learning program at the University of Iowa. IISC pursues a dual mission of enhancing the sustainability of Iowa’s communities while transforming teaching and learning at the university. The 2019-20 IISC community partner is Keokuk, Iowa. To view past partnerships and projects visit  

About the University of Iowa School of Social Work

The mission of the University of Iowa School of Social Work is to develop culturally responsive practitioners, scholars, researchers, and leaders to create a more just society. The school offers a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, a Masters in Social Work, and a PhD in Social Work. Students can specialize through Certificates in Critical Cultural Competence, Aging & Longevity Studies, and Trauma & Resilience. For more information visit