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Winter 2014 Newsletter

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

Happy New Year! Our 2013 closed on a high note after a wonderful fall semester featuring empowering lectures, impactful dialogues . . . and a fellow from abroad! In October, IPCE and the Great Cities Institute (GCI) were pleased to host Elif Kalan from Istanbul, Turkey, through the U.S. Department of State's Professional Fellows Program. Elif's interests in youth issues and developing their civil capacity to participate in decision-making processes aligned with many of our Institute goals and programs, making her a valuable addition to our team. In addition to Elif, IPCE welcomed three guest speakers to campus for lectures on civic engagement. More from the Director

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. Click here to view the award recipients.

UIC Students Talk Jobs and the Economy in First Campus Dialogue

On November 6, 2013, an intimate group of students came together to participate in IPCE's first Campus Dialogue held in partnership with the Office of Diversity and the Great Cities Institute. Students were divided into small groups and, with the guidance of trained facilitators, deliberated on issues related to jobs and the economy. Click here to read more.  
IPCE Welcomes Fellow from Turkey

This fall IPCE had the privilege of welcoming a global perspective to its team. Elif Kalan from Istanbul, Turkey traveled to the United States in October as part of the U.S. Department of State's Professional Fellows Program. Kalan is a consultant for both the Mobilizing Youth For Child Friendly Cities and the International Youth Leadership Academy projects run through UNICEF Turkey and the Habitat Center for Development and Governance. Click here to read more.  
Building Chicago's Civic Infrastructure through Dialogue and Deliberation

Matts Photo On December 4, 2013, IPCE hosted the Second Annual Dialogue and Deliberation Convening: Building a Civic Infrastructure. Local practitioners gathered at the UIC campus for the half-day conference to explore how the one-year-old Dialogue and Deliberation (D&D) Community of Practice (CoP) can continue to develop Chicago's civic infrastructure. Click here to read more.  


White House Shows Support for Participatory Budgeting

In December, the White House announced major plans to promote participatory budgeting as a citizen tool in local communities as part of its second Open Government National Action Plan. IPCE would like to extend its congratulations to the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) and its Chicago-based initiative, PB Chicago, for their hard work in helping this process gather steam across the U.S.  Click here to read more.

Fall Highlights (Photos)

UIC Urban Forum - Technology and the Resilience of Metropolitan Regions
On December 5, 2013, top federal, state, and municipal officials alongside private sector and community leaders gathered at the UIC Forum for the 2013 Urban Forum to discuss how technologies affect numerous aspects of the metropolitan environment – from quality of life to governance, from health services to workforce development. Click Here for highlights.

On Thursday, October 10, 2013, Troy Duster, PhD, Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Berkeley; Emeritus Silver Professor, New York University, discussed how engaged learning offers a pathway to civic engagement.

On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, Emil Jones Jr., distinguished public servant, talked about the importance of leadership and civic engagement as part of IPCE's Civic Engagement and Democracy Lecture Series.

Engaged students, staff, faculty, and community members gathered together over lunch to discuss youth development programs, navigating copyright in a digital world, and New African Diasporas in Chicago as part of our Civic Engagement Lunch Talk series.

2013-2014 UPPF Research Poster Presentation and Exhibition

Please join us at the IALHEA Annual Diversity Dialogue & Research Forum hosted by the Illinois American and Latino Higher Education Alliance (IALHEA) on Friday, April 4, 2014, to support our UPPF Fellows and the findings of their public policy research. Click here to read more.  

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
University of Illinois at Chicago - SCE Illinois Room
750 South Halsted Street


Upcoming Civic Engagement Events on Campus:

Watch your e-mail and the IPCE website for notice of the following events and activities:

For All/Public Event: Civic Engagement and Democracy Lecture Series. Guest speaker TBA. April TBD at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, Cardinal Room, 750 S. Halsted Street.

For All/Public Event: Civic Engagement Lunch Talk Series. Learn more about how civic engagement can transform democracy.

Great Cities Institute Conference Room 418
412 S. Peoria Street
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Light lunch will also be served.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – Community Transformation in Chicago: Reconceptualizing Neighborhood Food Systems with Angela Odoms-Young, Kinesiology and Nutrition, College of Applied Health Sciences.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - An Analysis of Emerging Urban Digital Infomediaries in an Era of Big Data and Open Data Initiatives with Lisa Dirks, Senior Associate, Urban Transportation Center; and Yaye Mallon Keita, Ph. D student in Urban Planning at UIC.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014: Nonprofit Organizations and Voter Mobilization in the U.S. & Chicago: Findings from the 2012 Electionwith Kelly LeRoux, Department of Public Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. Please note: LOCATION – CUPPA Conference Room 110.

IPCE Updates

This year IPCE celebrates its five year anniversary. Congratulations to our staff for their hard work and tremendous dedication to advancing our civic mission.
IPCE has joined the photo-sharing world of Instagram. Please follow us at @UICIPCE.   

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