Deborah Halperin, ARC Director
Deborah is the Director of the Action Research Center at Illinois Wesleyan University.
In her role, she facilitates community-university partnerships, assists faculty with
co-curricular service learning projects and teaches courses in community-based research
and grant writing.
Deborah serves on the Board of Directors for Milestones Early Learning Center and
Preschool and the West Bloomington Revitalization Project. Deborah has also been a
part of the United Way Income Vision Council, Conexiones, the MultiCultural Leadership
Program, and the McLean County Wellness Coalition.
Deborah has been honored as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in the category of Social
Services and was one of the community’s Top 20 under 40. Deborah has been a featured
speaker at local as well as national conferences concerning community partnerships
and higher education. Deborah has also been participated in a local TEDx Youth program
where she co-presented with her children.
With 25 years of experience in not-for-profits, Deborah’s professional career includes
the American Red Cross, MADD, the National Runaway Switchboard, Planned Parenthood,
and the YWCA. She has also worked as a grant writer and a strategic planning consultant.
Contact Deborah at dhalperi@iwu.