Kirstin Peterson Frescoln’s dissertation, titled “Making Public Housing Work – Examining the Implementation and Impacts of a Work Requirement in Public Housing,” examines what happens when families living in Charlotte’s public housing are required to work as a stipulation of keeping their housing. It offers recommendations to Public Housing Authorities in the U.S. on how to implement a work requirement while minimizing the negative effects on the well-being of vulnerable families. Kirstin’s dissertation won an Impact Award from the Graduate School at UNC in recognition of research that directly contributes to the educational, economic, physical, social or cultural well-being of North Carolinians. Not only has Kirstin made an impact in North Carolina communities, but she has also contributed significantly to the University community. In 2017, Kirstin was also recognized for her outstanding character, scholarship, leadership, and service to the University with the Boka W. Hadzija Award for Distinguished University Service.