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Spring 2015 Newsletter

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

Friends of IPCE,

I can hardly believe that another academic year is behind us already. Classes have wrapped up, students are looking ahead to summer jobs and vacations, and IPCE is gearing up for another busy summer. Before looking at what’s planned for the upcoming months, though, let me provide highlights from an exciting spring filled with plenty of research, meaningful dialogue, and learning opportunities for all. More from the Director

IPCE Partners with The Trust to Assess Impact of On the Table

For the second year in a row, IPCE will be working with The Chicago Community Trust to analyze the impact of this year’s On the Table conversations. On the Table 2015 launched The Trust’s 100th anniversary and marks a year-long celebration. Click here to read more.

UIC Students Deliberate on the Municipal Elections in Campus Dialogue Sessions

In the weeks leading up to this year’s historic Chicago mayoral election, IPCE hosted a pair of Campus Dialogue events aimed at providing a space for students, faculty, and staff to move beyond campaign rhetoric and discuss substantive differences in the candidates’ policy proposals. Click here to read more.  

Research Highlights

IPCE continued its 2014-2015 Civic Engagement Lunch Talk series this spring with two UIC faculty recipients of IPCE’s competitive Civic Engagement Research Fund Award. IPCE’s Lunch Talk series is designed to bring scholars, students, and community members together to learn about the latest research on civic engagement. Click here to read more.  
Bob Jordan Joins IPCE and the Great Cities Institute as Research Fellow

IPCE welcomes Bob Jordan, television news journalist and weekend anchor of the WGN News at Nine as a Research Fellow. Jordan will conduct participatory action research to create and implement a community engagement project and document its success. Jordan will present the work in the fall and winter of 2015.
UPPF Program Says ‘Thank You’ to Partners

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 is to pair fellows with partner organizations who can provide students with insight into the inner workings of government, community-based initiatives, nonprofits, and public policy. Click here to read more.    

Fellows Showcase Public Policy Research at Diversity Conference

On April 15, 2015, IPCE’s Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF) Program Fellows presented their research posters during the IALHEA Annual Diversity Dialogue and 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.  Click here to read more.

IPCE Conducts Scan of Chicago Leadership Development Programs

Many programs in the Chicago region work to develop future leaders, yet little is known about the overall system of leadership development programs. As part of a commitment to support a new generation of civic leaders and to encourage a more “inclusive paradigm of public service leadership,” IPCE has released the Chicago Area Leadership Development Scan, which explores the landscape of leadership development programming in the Chicago region. Click here to read more.  


Due to pending budget cuts facing the University for FY 2016, IPCE’s Civic Engagement Research Fund Award Call for Applications is postponed until further notice. Please stay tuned for more information. As always, we appreciate the interest that has been shown for our competitive research fund grant.

Participatory Budgeting Chicago (PB Chicago) Second Annual Evaluation Report Released
The research report for the second cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB) Chicago was recently released. Nearly 3,000 people came out to vote in May 2014 on how to spend $3 million in their communities. Residents chose 13 projects to improve their communities, including street resurfacing, new street lighting, sidewalk repairs, bus stop benches, park improvements, and planting over 450 trees. Click here to read more.  

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