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Winter 2015 Newsletter

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

Friends of IPCE,

We have a very exciting semester ahead of us. Our 2014 closed on a high note following with a semester of impactful dialogues and empowering youth engagement workshops. IPCE hosted several important campus dialogues designed to engage UIC students and the community in conversations on civic issues most important to them. In November, we hosted an intimate conversation with students on community violence. More from the Director

IPCE Awards Civic Engagement Discourse Grants to UIC Faculty and Staff

IPCE is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014-2015 Civic Engagement Discourse Fund Award. Five UIC faculty and staff have been selected by the Institute for their projects facilitating public conversations on policy issues and other topics important to Chicago communities. Click here to view the award recipients.

Creating Community Impact through Partnerships and Public Engagement

On December 3, 2014, the Greater Chicago Dialogue and Deliberation Community of Practice (CoP) convened for a day of learning and partnership-building at UIC. Approximately 40 people from across the Chicagoland area attended the third annual half-day conference “Collaborative Action and Impact: Creating Community Impact through Partnerships and Public Engagement” to explore methods for creating change in communities.The convening opened with a report on the findings of a recent study conducted on the CoP. Click here to read more.  
CPS Students Learn More About Policy and Social Movements at Civic Engagement Days

As part of IPCE’s commitment to strengthen the civic engagement capacity and leadership skills of high school youth, IPCE offered a workshop this fall for Chicago Public School (CPS) students whose schools are participating in the Global Citizenship Initiative. Designed to align with their Fall semester civics class, the workshop “Understanding Policy and Social Movements” provided students with an opportunity to learn how they could make a difference through policy change and social movements. Click here to read more.  
UIC Students Deliberate on Community Violence and Municipal Elections in Campus Dialogue Sessions

IPCE implemented the second round of campus dialogues; a series designed to engage UIC students in conversations on civic issues most important to them.

On November 12, an intimate group of students gathered to deliberate on the complex topic of community violence. Students were divided into small groups and, under the guidance of a trained facilitator, considered questions such as: Is it our responsibility to do something about community violence? Click here to read more.    

Campus Discusses why Michael Brown’s Death Matters to Everyone

On October 30, IPCE along with the African-American Cultural Center, Department of African-American Studies, Great Cities Institute (GCI), Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP), Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and the Social Justice Initiative (SJI) held a campus dialogue entitled “Contextualizing Ferguson, MO: Why Michael Brown’s Death Matters to Everyone”.  Click here to read more.

Professor Gastil on the Efficacy of Generating High Quality Deliberation in Citizen Panels

IPCE hosted a talk with John Gastil, professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Pennsylvania State University and director of the the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, entitled “Making Elections More Deliberative Through the Citizens’ Initiative Review.” Click here to read more.  

The Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF) Program Presents:
2014 – 2015 UPPF Research Poster Presentation and Exhibition

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
University of Illinois at Chicago - SCE Illinois Room
750 South Halsted Street

Chicago, IL 60607

Please join us at the annual Diversity and Dialogue Research Forum hosted by the Illinois American and Latino Higher Education Alliance (IALHEA) on Wednesday, April 15, to support our UPPF Fellows and their public policy research findings. Their projects stem from hands-on program internship experiences on policy-related topics. Click here to read more.  

Coming Up

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

Public Event: Campus Dialogue: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 12p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, Cardinal Room, 750 S. Halsted Street.

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 or practice or provides tools that enhance the efforts of civic engagement in community change initiatives. A light lunch will be served.
UIC Campus Library Conference Room 1-470
412 S. Peoria Street
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015: “Participatory Action Research in the Disability Community to Address Societal Disparities in Community Living and Participation” with Joy Hammel, Occupational Therapy, College of Applied Health Sciences

Wednesday, March 11, 2015: “Playground Renovations and Social Capital on Youth Park Use and Physical Activity” with Sandy Slater, Institute for Health Research and Policy, School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Administration.

Fall Highlights

On Tuesday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 18, 2014, Tim Merry, co-founder of the Art of Hosting held a two-day, two-city event on entitled “Creating Impact through Engagement.” Participants experienced meaningful engagement and learned a participatory approach to creating impact with results.

Engaged students, staff, faculty, and community members gathered together over lunch for programs including: “Big Data Integration to Enable Citizen Participation in Smart Cities,” “Navigating Copyright in a Digital World,” “Training Parents of Students with Disabilities: Using Technology to Enhance Civic Engagement,” and “From Revolution to Evolution: The Role of Social Media for Civic Engagement.” The events were held as part of our Civic Engagement Lunch Talk series.

IPCE Updates

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

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