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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.