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Spring 2014 Newsletter

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

Summer is just around the corner, and that means we're wrapping up another busy semester of exciting IPCE programs and events. From faculty research to student dialogues to noteworthy lectures, IPCE provided the community with plenty of opportunities to escape the brutal weather outside and head indoors for meaningful conversations and learning opportunities.

We kicked off the semester with a continuation of our Civic Engagement Lunch Talks series, which gives UIC faculty and staff who have been awarded our competitive Research Fund grant an opportunity to share their research findings with the community. More from the Director

IPCE Partners with The Chicago Community Trust to Assess the Impact of Upcoming Region-wide Dialogue

The 99th anniversary of The Chicago Community Trust is on May 12, 2014. To celebrate, the Trust is asking thousands of Chicago-area residents to participate in the most imaginative public square manifested on one night. In communities across the region, from Alsip to Zion, thousands of Chicago-area residents will come together in small groups on Monday, May 12, to discuss how to collaboratively build and maintain strong, safe, and dynamic communities. This imaginative public square, an initiative the Trust is calling On the Table, is designed to generate new ideas, inspire bold solutions, and cultivate relationships and collaborations to improve communities region-wide. Continue reading more about this story. 
IPCE Hosts Screening and Discussion around CNN's Chicagoland Series

This spring, CNN debuted Chicagoland, an original eight-part, unscripted docuseries exploring the issues and challenges facing Chicago and the leaders who are trying to enact positive change. IPCE, as an epicenter of dialogue and deliberation efforts in Chicago, implemented a post-broadcast screening and discussion series on Chicagoland as a way for concerned community members to gather together and talk about the issues highlighted in each episode. Continue reading more about this story. 
UIC Students Deliberate on Health Care, Community Violence in Two Campus Dialogue Sessions

This spring, IPCE implemented the second round of campus dialogues designed to engage UIC students in conversations on civic issues most important to them. Health care and community violence were the student-selected topics of focus for these two facilitated conversations. Continue reading more about this story.  
Request for Proposals: Civic Engagement Research Fund Awards for FY2015

IPCE announces the availability of funding to support research projects centered on civic engagement for up to $20,000 each. UIC faculty and research staff of centers, institutes, and programs are eligible to apply. More infomation.  
Fellows Showcase Public Policy Research at Diversity Conference

Matts Photo On April 4, 2014, IPCE Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF) Program Fellows presented their research posters during the research plenary at the IALHEA Annual Diversity Dialogue & Research Forum at UIC. The goals of the research forum are to increase faculty and student research collaborations; facilitate mentor relationships between faculty and students of color; and to increase the persistence of African American, Latino, and other underrepresented students in academia and enhance their research. Continue reading more about this story.  

UPPF Program Says 'Thank You' to Partners

Matts Photo Every year IPCE's Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF) Program places its fellows at internship sites throughout the Chicagoland area. The goal of the internship site placement is to pair fellows with partner organizations who can provide students with insight into the inner-workings of government, community-based initiatives, non-for profits, and public policy. Continue reading more about this story.

CPS Students Learn 'Issue Framing' at Civic Engagement Days

Matts Photo As part of IPCE's commitment to strengthen the civic engagement capacity and leadership skills of high school youth, IPCE offered a two-day workshop this spring for Chicago Public School (CPS) students whose schools are participating in the Global Citizenship Initiative. Designed and timed to align with the spring semester Civics class, the workshop "From Social Problem to Policy Action" introduced students to the concept of 'issue framing' at the heart of many civic engagement and social change efforts. Continue reading more about this story.  

Spring Highlights (Photos)

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. visits UIC for a public lecture as part of the Chancellor's Lecture and Event Series and the Social Justice Initiative.

Engaged students, staff, faculty, and community members gathered together over lunch to discuss voter mobilization, big data, and reconceptualizing neighborhood food systems as part of our spring Civic Engagement Lunch Talk Series.

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