Workshop Offers Grant for Winning Community Development Initiative

LogoOct. 1, 2013                       

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Action Research Center (ARC) at Illinois Wesleyan University will award a $300 grant for a new community development initiative, based on the most popular proposal generated during a lunch workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. in the Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center (104 E. University Ave., Bloomington).

Students, faculty, staff and community partners who have registered will put forth their proposals at the workshop, "Unraveling Inequality: 'Connecting with Community Partners,'" co-sponsored by the Action Research Center, Phi Beta Kappa Fellows Program, the Dean of Students Office, the Unraveling Inequality Course Cluster and the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice. As part of the cluster, this fall 11 instructors are incorporating a human rights and social justice theme into a course and participating in a joint series of activities that support student engagement. This year's theme is "Unraveling Inequality."

Attendees at the workshop – who include students enrolled in these courses and members of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and other student groups – will learn what inequality means in Bloomington-Normal, what makes a good student-community partnership, and hear from IWU student-community partner pairs who have worked together on a variety of projects.

During the workshop, students and their respective community partners will be seated together for consultation. Each group will write a one-sentence description of their project initiative, and students will vote for their favorite project. The $300 ARC grant will be awarded to the table with the most popular proposal for a development initiative after the votes are tallied later on Wednesday. The name of the winning community partner will be posted on the Phi Beta Kappa web page and on the ARC Facebook page.

Contact: Hannah Dhue ’15, (309) 556-3181,