Meet an IAS Staff Member: Denise Pike


Denise Pike
Project Manager
Minnesota Transform: A Just University for Just Futures


I am so thrilled to join the Minnesota Transform team as project manager. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Urban Studies and a Master’s in Heritage Studies and Public History (HSPH). I bring to the initiative a background in public history focused racial justice projects adjacent to the University.

I co-curated the exhibit Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis as my capstone project in the HSPH program. As a student I got involved with the Black Midwest Initiative, founded by African American & African Studies Professor Terrion Williamson. Since graduating, I have been working as a co-director of A Public History of 35W, a community engaged public history and oral history project in partnership with HSPH, illuminating the impact of 35W on the integrated Southside Minneapolis community. Most recently, I worked with the University’s Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative. I look forward to facilitating the many partnerships, collaborations, and humanities projects that will grow out of the Minnesota Transform initiative.



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