Action Research Center

Breakthrough Signature Work

For over a decade, the Action Research Center (ARC) has connected Illinois Wesleyan and its surrounding community in innovative ways to create change and address pressing issues. ARC collaborates with many groups — from nonprofits to government, businesses to neighborhood associations — and positions students where they can make a difference.

As ARC Director Deborah Halperin tells her students: “when you say someone should do something about a problem, know that you are that someone.”

Students successfully “do something” through highly individualized projects that epitomize signature work in the liberal arts. 


ARC intern Matt LaLonde secured funding, grants and donations to start a Tool Library in Bloomington, which continues to build a stronger and more stable community by lending tools and sponsoring workshops to help neighbors maintain and improve their properties.