Civic Engagement Discourse Fund Awards 2011 - 2012


Event: "Illinois Transitional Care Consortium Consumer Voices Forum"
Faculty awardee:
  Susan Altfeld
  Community Health Sciences
  School of Public Health

 

 

 

 

This community forum seeks to engage older adults, their families, and community stakeholders in dialogue regarding transitional care. Over the past decade, the transition from hospital to home has been identified as a time of heightened risk, particularly for older adults. A number of adverse events are associated with poor transitions, especially hospital readmissions, emergency department visits, and nursing home placement. Care transitions is a priority area in health care reform. Medicare has begun the funding of demonstrations transitional care intervention projects will be limiting payments to hospitals with high rates of rapid readmissions. 

The event will be held May 11, 2012.


Event: "Engaging Chicago LGBTQ Communities in a Community Discussion about Racism, Public Safety, and Rights of Young People"

 

Faculty awardee:
  Francesca Gaiba
  Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy
  College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs

 

Gaiba will organize a series of four small, intentional, moderated meetings with each group of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community stakeholders (youth and youth organizers, youth workers and social service providers, business owners and residents, community leaders and queer activists and organizers) throughout Fall 2011 and Spring 2012. These stakeholder groups will come together in a larger event in late Spring 2012 to share their efforts and learning with the other groups as a way of building community accountability, trust, and relationships. Ultimately, the goal is to create and document a model of community dialog that can be replicated by others.

More information coming soon.

 
Event: "Crossing Boundaries: Public and Private Roles with Assuring Child Well-Being"

 

Faculty awardee:
  Rachel Gordon 
  Department of Sociology 
  College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

 

The Council of Contemporary Families (CCF) and the University-Based Child & Family Policy Consortium (the Consortium) will co-host Crossing Boundaries: Public and Private Roles with Assuring Child Well-Being. This year's panel will address the following three themes: (1) Structural and individual risks for violence, abuse, and neglect; (2) Addressing root causes and changing contextual risks; and (3) Public and private spheres: Historical trends and contemporary ideas. These panels are designed to be engaging with short presentations followed by extended audience discussion. 

The two-day conference will be held April 27-28, 2012.


Event: "Myths and Reality of School Safety: A Public Forum"

 

Faculty awardee:
  Kevin Kumashiro 
  Department of Asian-American Studies 
  College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

This is a two-hour public event that intervenes in debates on education reform by exposing myths, highlighting sound research, and offering alternative policy proposals. The event will include presentations on research, responses by community partners, and open discussions of ways to become more engaged in education reform. 

More information coming soon.


Event: "What Should be the New 'Normal' for Community Economic Development?"

 

Faculty awardee:
  Janet Smith
  Voorhees Center
  College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs

 

 

 

 

Smith will host three one-day events (sessions) that provide space for a cross-section of practitioners, policymakers and affected community members to discuss, debate, and develop a set of focused responses to the current conditions. 

Voorhees will produce a short collaboratively written "White Paper" that will be disseminated via the Internet and posted on the web. 

More information coming soon.


Event: "Community Research Briefings: Policy Papers from Latino Community Research Internships"

 

Faculty awardee:
  Maria Torres
  Department of Latin American and Latino Studies 
  College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Graduate students in the Latin American and Latino Studies Programs at UIC will present their research/policy papers at a Spring 2012 conference. The topics range from an analysis of state budget allocation to Latino communities, immigration enforcement, immigration incorporation, arts education, affordable housing, and development of transitional capacity for Latino Business.

More information coming soon.


 


 

 

Research

Becoming Citizens: Youth e-Engagement in Civic and Public Policy

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