Illinois Wesleyan
Action Research Center
Make a Difference
Not Your Average Wesleyan
The IWU Action Research Center is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of innovative ideas that transform communities. Since 2003, ARC has connected the campus and the community in meaningful ways that create impactful change and address pressing social justice issues. If you have an idea, a challenge, an opportunity, or a road block, ARC is a place to explore solutions and action plans.
Students
Students
Be active and engaged in the Bloomington-Normal community.
Faculty & Staff
Faculty & Staff
Faculty and staff are role models, weave community engagement into courses, and conduct community-based research.
Communtiy Connections
Communtiy Connections
ARC partners with non-profit organizations throughout McLean County.
West Bloomington Partnership
West Bloomington Partnership
ARC has partnered with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project to offer students hands-on opportunities to create projects they're passionate about and implement them into lasting programs that benefit the community.
Give a Day
Give a Day
The Give A Day Challenge encourages the IWU community to partner with the greater Bloomington-Normal community to share their passions and talents.  
 Resources
 Resources
Working on a project and needing some help? Check out these resources!
"The Action Research Center strives to provide opportunities where I can use my passion and knowledge to make a lasting impact in the community."
Wah Chook '22
Nursing Major
Citizen Scholars 
The Citizen Scholar First Year Experience course is a remarkable way to connect with the community and start driving change the second you step on campus.
Peace Corps Prep
In 2016, Illinois Wesleyan University established a partnership with the Peace Corps and proudly launched the IWU Peace Corps Prep Program. This certificate program aligns with IWU's mission and allows the university to better serve our students, our community, and the world.

 

In the Community
ARC works with not-for-profit organizations, faith-based groups, businesses, civic groups, local government, neighborhood groups, and many others. ARC facilitates collaborative relationships that leverage the strengths of all parties to produce a successful project outcome. ARC has partnered with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project to offer students hands-on opportunities to create projects they're passionate about and implement them into lasting programs that benefit the community.
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