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Fall 2014 Newsletter

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

Happy fall! I hope by now everyone has settled back into the rhythm of the school year and is looking forward to another semester full of wonderful activities across campus. As always, we’re particularly excited for the programs and events we have lined up for the fall.

We will be kicking off our Civic Engagement Lunch Talk series in October, which will feature research findings from last year’s Civic Engagement Research.Fund Award recipients. Please see our website for the full schedule, and we hope to see you at what promises to be rich, informative sessions on civic engagement. More from the Director

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

On October 7, The Chicago Community Trust released a report prepared by IPCE that summarizes the impact of the Trust’s On the Table initiative. IPCE’s expansive report regarding the outcomes of May 12 is available for public viewing on the On the Table website.
This past May, the Trust convened On the Table 2014 as a way to engage the Chicago metropolitan region in dialogue about how to build a more sustainable future for the region and improve quality of life for all residents. Continue reading 

IPCE Awards Funding to UIC Faculty for Civic Engagement Research

IPCE is pleased to announce the recipients of its Civic Engagement Research Fund Award for 2014 – 2015. Five UIC faculty members have been selected to receive funding for their work that either furthers understanding of civic engagement theory and the practice of facilitating engagement or provides tools that enhance the efforts of civic engagement in community change initiatives. Each recipient is awarded up to $20,000 and must submit a report of their work to IPCE for online publication. Continue reading 

IPCE Inducts 27 Undergrads into UPPF Program

IPCE, in partnership with the African American Academic Network (AAAN) and the Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES), is proud to welcome the 2014 – 2015 cohort of undergraduate students to the Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF) program. From August to April, the 27 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. Continue reading 
Highlights from IPCE-Sponsored Events

Constitution Day

On September 17, UIC observed Constitution Day with an address by featured speaker Matthew Lippman, Emeritus Professor in the UIC Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice. Dr. Lippman spoke to a crowd of 200, primarily students, and discussed “The Hidden Constitution: National Security, Electronic Surveillance and Privacy in the Age of Terror.” His address will initiate on-going conversations on government surveillance in classes at UIC throughout the year.
Continue reading 
Urban Forum: “The Return of the Neighborhood as an Urban Strategy”

Urban Forum Photo On September 18, policymakers, researchers, public intellectuals, and citizens convened for the 2014 Urban Forum at UIC to discuss and debate the broad issues surrounding the role neighborhoods can and do play in building strong, livable urban areas. Continue reading.  


Chicago Dialogue and Deliberation Summer Highlights

The Greater Chicago Dialogue and Deliberation Community of Practice (CoP) held a number of exciting events over the summer featuring opportunities for learning, connecting, and engaging with practitioners in the field.

In May, the group kicked off its 2014 event calendar with a networking event at The Alhambra Palace. A mixture of new and familiar faces mingled and connected over appetizers, and several stayed on later to participate in the venue’s Latin dancing special. Continue reading.

IPCE Releases Study Exploring Chicago’s Dialogue and Deliberation Community of Practice

In partnership with the Kettering Foundation, IPCE has completed a study to support the work of dialogue and deliberation (D&D) scholars and practitioners in Chicago and nationwide. The Survey of the Greater Chicago Dialogue and Deliberation Community of Practice (CoP) explores and describes CoP members’ interests and engagement, the extent to which members are connecting and collaborating, and ways in which the CoP may grow and become more impactful. Continue reading.  

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Watch your e-mail and the IPCE website for notice of the following events/activities and more.

For All/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
801 South Morgan Street
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Urban Forum Photo Wednesday, October 1, 2014: “Big Data Integration to Enable Citizen Participations in Smart Cities” with Isabel Cruz, Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering

Wednesday, October 29, 2014: “Training Parents of Students with Disabilities: Using Technology to Enhance Civic Engagement” with Meghan Burke, Department of Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Linda Sandman, Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic, UIC

Wednesday, November 5, 2014: “From Revolution to Evolution: The Role of Social Media for Civic Engagement” with Elaine J. Yuan, Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts and Science, and Miao Feng and Xiyuan Liu, graduate students

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

For All/Public Event: Creating Impact through Engagement – Chicago, with Tim Merry, co-founder of the Art of Hosting. In this two-day, two-city event, participants will experience meaningful engagement and learn a participatory approach to creating impact with results.Monday, November 17, and Tuesday, November 18, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, 750 South Halsted Street. To register, visit IPCE’s website ( and click on the event link.

For All/Public Event: Preparing Communities for Change with Norm Walzer and Tracy Rogers, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University. Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at NIU Naperville Center, 1120 East Diehl Road. Time TBD. This event is sponsored by the Greater Chicago Dialogue and Deliberation Community of Practice.

Stay tuned for a listing of IPCE FY15 Discourse Award recipients and events.

Stay tuned for information about our Third Annual Dialogue and Deliberation Community of Practice December Convening.

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