From the Director, Joseph K. Hoereth, Ph.D.
Friends of IPCE,
The spring semester has drawn to a close, but not before offering some really terrific IPCE events and programs. In April we were honored to have civil rights leader Diane Nash featured in the Civic Engagement and Democracy Lecture series with her talk “The Movements of the 60s: A Legacy for Today”. A pioneer in the civil rights movement, Nash was one of the founding members of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while a college student. Her inspiring talk challenged us to think about mobilizing around broad issues by movement-building rather than single issue focused responses. Another spring event “Using Art as a Tool for Engagement” led by Rosa Cabrera, Director of the Rafael Cintron Latino Cultural Center, used a mural in the Latino Cultural Center as the focus of a conversation on ways the arts can be used to spur insightful dialogue. Also in April was a brown bag discussion of the Participatory Budgeting in Chicago project led by Thea Crum of the Great Cities Institute and Maria Hadden of Participatory Budgeting (PB), a national non-profit that facilitates participatory budgeting around the country. Participatory budgeting engages people directly in an innovative budget decision-making process, typically for a portion of the budget. In Chicago participatory budgeting is being used by several Aldermen to decide how to spend their $1 million discretionary funds.
The current cohort of Civic Engagement Research Fund awardees is nearing completion on their research projects, and we are very much looking forward to their final reports. While one set of research projects is ending, another will begin in the fall. The RFP for the FY 2014 Civic Engagement Research Fund awards is now available on our website. We look forward to another set of strong proposals for research on civic engagement. Prospective applicants should note one important change in this year’s RFP – the extent to which a project engages UIC students is now a part of the selection criteria. The goal is to encourage faculty to include students on their research teams to maximize the learning impact of our supported research projects. Applications are due May 24, 2013.
Our Urban Public Policy Fellows (UPPF) program for 2012-2013 ended this spring. Undergraduate fellows participating in this leadership development program showcased research posters they created at the 2013 IALHEA Diversity Dialogue and Research Forum. Many of our Fellows are doing research projects for the first time, the quality of the research posters had us beaming with pride. Photos of their posters will be posted soon on our website. Applications for 2013-2014 Fellows are available on the IPCE website and must be submitted by May 24, 2013.
Although activity on campus slows down over the summer, IPCE moves into a planning mode during the summer. We are busy fielding applications for our UPPF program and Civic Engagement Research Awards. The RFP for Civic Engagement Discourse Awards will be released in August, and a full set of events and program activities are being planned for the fall. Please watch our website and social media for further details.
Joseph K. Hoereth, Ph.D