Winter 2014 Newsletter

IPCE Awards Civic Engagement Discourse Grants to UIC Faculty and Staff

IPCE is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2013-2014 Civic Engagement Discourse Fund Award. Six UIC faculty and staff have been selected by the Institute for their projects that facilitate public discourse on policy issues or topics important to Chicago communities.

Katie Arnold, Disability and Human Development/College of Applied Health Sciences.
Event: "Engaging People with Disabilities and their Siblings in Policy Discourse"– This event will provide an opportunity for individuals with disabilities and their siblings to voice their concerns regarding disability policy in two community dialogue forums. Events will be held Saturday, March 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL) and Saturday, March 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Autism Program of Illinois (5520 South Sixth Street Road, Springfield, IL).

David Merriman, Institute for Government and Public Affairs.
Event: "IGPA State Summit: Illinois' Fiscal Cliff" – This event brought together leaders in policymaking, fiscal analysis, and advocacy to focus on the state fiscal situation and discuss ways to address Illinois' persistent budget shortfall. The summit was held October 28, 2013.

Nadine Naber, Gender and Women's Studies/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Event: "Ending Gender Violence among Arab and Muslim Immigrants: A Discourse on Social Context and Solutions"– This community-based dialogue focused on the problem of domestic violence in Arab immigrant communities in Chicago in order to increase community awareness about the factors causing gender violence and to create culturally and historically specific strategies for ending gender violence and supporting survivors. This dialogue was held January 27, 2014.

Barbara Risman, , Sociology/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Event: "Conference on Neighborhood Development" – This event is a community-based conference that will bring together stakeholders from the communities surrounding UIC, UIC leaders, and researchers from around the country who can translate research on revitalizing urban neighborhoods for community members and local authorities. Date TBD.

Linda Sandman, Disability and Human Development/College of Applied Health Sciences.
Event: "People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Advancing Sexual Self-Advocacy: A Community Forum"– This forum will gather people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to discuss and set a policy agenda regarding the sexual health and rights of people with I/DD. Tentatively scheduled for March 2014.

Joseph Strickland, Policy Center/Jane Addams College of Social Work.
Event: "Community Remix: Bouncing Back from Jail or Prison"– This event is a one day informational seminar for former prisoners and community-based agencies that service low-to-moderate income communities where former prisoners would likely need to access services. Scheduled for April 18, 2014.

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