Faculty are role models for community engagement, weave community engagement into courses, serve as advisors to Registered Student Organizations with engagement activities, and conduct community-based research.
The Action Research Center believes that community engagement is co-curricular. ARC will consult with faculty members or departments that wish to expand community engagement offerings.
ARC has helped students in Carolyn Nadeau’s Spanish for Social Justice course, Laurine Brown’s May term course on toxic threats to pregnancy and early childhood, and provided a community project for Mary Campbell’s Social Work in Action class. Most recently, ARC partnered with Brandi Reissenweber's Writing Fiction 201 course to help students write fiction inspired by local veterans. IWU News explored this partnership in this January 2019 story. In addition, Diego Mendez-Carbajo published Experiential and Service Learning through Local Data Projects in the Summer 2019 volume of Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research. The article details the use of an ARC faculty grant in supporting student led, community based research on home forclosesures in Illinois.
There are many examples across campus and nationwide for how community engagement can enhance the content and learning objectives of a class. ARC can help to make connections in the community with partners that align with your goals.
If you'd like to partner with ARC to bring community engagement into your classroom, send us an email or visit us on the first floor of Ames Library.