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Fall 2015 Newsletter

From the Director, Joseph K. Hoereth, Ph.D.

Friends of IPCE,

I love the start of fall semester. In addition to the changing season, it means summer projects are wrapping up, and exciting, new initiatives are being planned for the academic year. I’m pleased to be able to share an update with you regarding what IPCE has been up to these past few months and what programs and events we have planned for this semester on campus. More from the Director

IPCE Prepares On the Table Impact Report for The Chicago Community Trust

On September 17, The Chicago Community Trust released an IPCE report studying this year’s On the Table initiative. On May 12, 2015, the Trust launched its Centennial celebration by convening its second iteration of On the Table. With a guiding Centennial goal of making the Chicagoland region the most philanthropic in the nation, On the Table 2015 was an opportunity for dialogue and collaboration on how to broaden and deepen philanthropy in the region. Click here to read more.

IPCE Inducts 25 Undergrads into UPPF Program

IPCE, in partnership with the African American Academic Network (AAAN) and the Latin American Recruitment and Education Services (LARES), is pleased to welcome the 2015-2016 cohort of undergraduate students to the Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF) program.From September to August, the 25 UPPF fellows will attend biweekly seminars and workshops offering a solid introduction to the theory and practice of public policymaking, advocacy, community development, and service provision. Fellows’ seminar experience will be further enhanced by their participation in a valuable internship experience and a comprehensive research project. Click here to read more.  
Urban Forum Civic Engagement Action Project

As part of the 2015 Urban Forum hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago, The Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) together with The Chicago Community Trust (CCT) were pleased to announce a partnership and funding opportunity for a project that engages residents through a substantive or collective decision-making role in helping to reestablish the urban social contract. IPCE and CCT seek to partner with a project that engages residents to develop healthy, sustainable, and vibrant urban environments. Click here to read more.  
GCDD Launches Demo Night

The Greater Chicago Dialogue and Deliberation (GCDD) Community of Practice (CoP) is preparing to launch a new meet-up aimed at offering demonstrations on democracy and public engagement. Referred to as Demo Night, the monthly meetup is a space to share tools and insights, showcase projects, and collaborate.

Demo Night meetups will begin with an interactive presentation relevant to current public engagement in the Chicago area. Click here to read more.    

Highlights from IPCE Sponsored Events

Constitution Day

On Wednesday, September 16, UIC joined national efforts and celebrated Constitution Day on campus. Guest speaker Craig Mousin, JD, MDiv, Depaul University Ombudsman, spoke to a crowd of primarily students and gave a lecture entitled, “The Gift of the Immigrant: A Living Constitution.” Before and following the lecture, students had an opportunity to register to vote and to learn about volunteer and internship opportunities. IPCE along with the Department of Political Science and other campus organizations were sponsors of the event.  

Urban Forum: Remaking the Urban Social Contract: Health, Energy, and the Environment
On September 17, policymakers, researchers, public intellectuals, and community members convened for the 2015 Urban Forum at UIC to examine and devise pathways to rebuild the social contracts on health, energy, and environment. Over 500 people attended the event to hear panels on the substantive and philosophical shifts in the urban social contracts and an examination of remaking those contracts today. 2015 Forum white papers, videos, and photos are available at www.uicurbanforum.org.

Coming Up

Watch your e-mail and the IPCE website for notice of these and other events.

Public Event: Civic Engagement Lunch Talk Series.
Learn more about how civic engagement can transform democracy. UIC faculty and staff present IPCE-sponsored research that either furthers understanding on civic engagement theory/practice or provides tools that enhance the efforts of civic engagement in community change initiatives. A light lunch will be served.

UIC East Campus Library
Conference Room 1-470
801 S. Morgan Street
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015: "The Gentrification and Neighborhood Change Project" with Lauren Nolan, Nathalie P. Voorhees Center/College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Since the 1970s, Chicago's neighborhoods have undergone drastic transformations as a result of macro-level socioeconomic shifts as well as local policy initiatives. Most striking are trends of rapid gentrification in particular neighborhoods, contrasted starkly with neighborhoods that have experienced prolonged population loss, disinvestment, and marginalization. The Voorhees Center's work on the Gentrification and Neighborhood Change Project provided community members, leaders, and activists an understanding of how Chicago's neighborhoods have changed over time in order to develop effective strategies and policies to offset displacement in some and disinvestment in many more.

Lunch Talks scheduled for next semester:
Wednesday, February 3, 2016: "Developing Knowledge Translation Collaboratives to Promote Healthcare Justice for People with Disabilities" with Susan Magasi, Department of Occupational Therapy/College of Applied Health Sciences.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016: "Supporting Evidence-Based Argumentation from Spatial Data in Schools" with Nathan Phillips, Simeko Washington and Shawndra Allen, Department of Curriculum and Instruction/College of Education.

This presentation will report on efforts to collaboratively design and teach critical spatial argumentation practices in a Chicago middle school and high school with underserved youth.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016: "Know Your Rights, Illinois: Civic Engagement and Social Security for Older Gays and Lesbians after Windsor" with Brian Grossman, Department of Disability and Human Development/College of Applied Health Sciences.

Date TBD "Assessment of the Declining Civic Capacity of Muslim Immigrant Women and the Impact of a Religiously Responsive Civic Training Program" with Sultan Tepe, Department of Political Science/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

IPCE Partner Highlight

Congratulations to the Black Star Project, who has committed five consecutive years to hosting an Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF) fellow.

The Black Start Project is committed to improving the quality of life in Black and Latino communities of Chicago and nationwide by eliminating the racial academic achievement gap. Its mission is to provide educational services that help pre-school through college students succeed academically and become knowledgeable and productive citizens with the support of their parents, families, schools, and communities.

“UPPF Fellows placed at the Black Star Project have always said they felt they were making a difference in the lives of young people,” said Program Coordinator Catalina Nava. “The mentorship they received was also greatly appreciated. Thank you Philip Jackson and Dorothy Davis for your commitment to the UPPF program!”

IPCE Updates

IPCE has joined the photo-sharing world of Instagram. Please follow us at @UICIPCE.   

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