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A comprehensive database of partners ARC has worked with. Here you can find contacts, past projects, and more.
If you have an idea, a challenge, an opportunity, or a roadblock—ARC is a place to explore solutions and action plans
The IWU Action Research Center is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of innovative ideas that transform communities. For ten years, ARC has connected the campus and the community in meaningful ways that create impactful change and address pressing social justice issues.
ARC offers internships, provides fellowships, teaches classes, promotes community engagement and volunteerism, runs workshops, supports faculty, coordinates Alternative Fall Break, manages the relationship and strategy with the Westside of Bloomington, and conducts community based research. ARC is committed to providing the support our partners need to achieve their goals.
Total Hours of Community Engagement in the 2014-2015 Academic Year
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2014-2015 academic year
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Year of Graduation: 2012 Major/minor: Double major in Educational Policy and Business How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. I worked with WBRP and collected local business interviews as well as helped organize a local youth soccer program Where are you now? I am a Challenge[…]
Year of Graduation: 2010 Major/minor: Sociology/psychology How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. My first introduction to ARC was the Action Research Seminar. Dr. Simeone taught the seminar, and Deborah Halperin organized breakout sessions and workshops throughout the semester. I realized how involved ARC was in[…]
Year of Graduation: 2014 Major/minor: Business Administration/Marketing Current address: Chicago, IL How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. I did the Community Partnership Program in the summer of 2012. I worked in Creative Services in State Farm to develop this YouTube video and help kickstart the[…]
Year of Graduation: 2013 Major/minor: Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies (majors) Current address: Canberra, Australia How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. I started with ARC in my freshman year, looking at issues of “green” printing on campus and possibly trying to establish a printing quota.[…]
Year of Graduation: Class of 2010 Major: Sociology-Urban and Community Development Current Address: Baton Rouge, LA How were you engaged in ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship, but describe the project. During my ARC internship, I worked with the West Bloomington Task Force (as it was called then) and as an intern at State Farm’s Human[…]
Year of Graduation: 2013 Major: Environmental Studies/ Minor: Anthropology Current address: Matagalpa, Nicaragua, Centro America How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. I took the grant writing class and was involved in bike ridership programs. I also participated in the first Alternative Fall Break program and[…]
Binder: #89 Major: Environmental Studies and N/A Passion: Neighborhood Revitalization, Education and Outreach Organization: IWU ARC Project Title: “Westside Interactive Map” Project Summary: After deliberating on ways to help the West Side eliminate the healthy food drought that is on the WestSide, while promoting ways of being environmentally friendly, there was an apparent lack of knowledge[…]
Binder: #88 Major: Biology Passion: Education and Outreach, Neighborhood Revitalization, Health and Wellness Organization: Mid Central Community Action Project Title: “Community Engagement Meeting at MCCA” Project Summary: Many communities hold meetings for community leaders, to inspire and to get organized about the things that they’d like to do. For the West Side, this meeting needs[…]
Binder: #87 Major: N/A and Biology Passion: Youth, Human Rights Organization: Bloomington Police Department Project Title: “Cops That Care: Officer Friendly Program that Increases Safety of the West Side of Bloomington” Project Summary: The idea of Officer Friendly is important in the West Bloomington community because currently the West Side struggles with violence. Many different[…]
Laura Barham ’15 & Jillian Bleck ’16 “Sprouting Healthy Spuds: A Program on Nutrition and Healthy Eating for Children”
Binder: #86 Major: N/A and Biology Passion: Education and Outreach, Health and Wellness, Youth Organization: Milestones Early Learning Center Project Title: “Sprouting Healthy Spuds: A Program on Nutrition and Healthy Eating for Children” Project Summary: Starting a youth nutrition program in the West Side of Bloomington will directly help the children that need it most. Children[…]
Binder #85 Major: Business major, Computer Science Minor Passion: Arts, Youth, Neighborhood Revitalization Organization: West Bloomington Revitalization Project Project Title: “Why Westside Mural” Fall ARC Seminar 2014 Project Summary: This semester I am going to be working on enhancing the WBRP office; more specifically the goal is to refurbish and paint the side of[…]
Binder #: 84 Major: Environmental Studies Major, Political Science Minor Passion: Arts, Neighborhood Revitalization, Environmental Sustainability, Food Justice Organization: IWU ARC, West Bloomington Revitalization Project Project Title: “Adopt-a-Pot” Fall ARC Seminar 2014 Project Summary: One of the six core areas of revitalization that West Bloomington residents are interested in seeing is Greening. Greening is beautification[…]
Binder #: 40 Major: History, Art Passion: Education and Outreach Organization: Illinois Wesleyan University Project Title: “Volunteer Services at IWU” Project Summary: In recent years, colleges and universities across the country have recognized the value of community service in the academic curriculum. Illinois Wesleyan University is an instiution solidly grounded in the liberal arts. However, until recently, the benefits of[…]
Binder #: 39 Major: Political Science, Philosophy Passion: Grant Writing, Environmental Sustainability Organization: City of Bloomington Legal Department Project Title: “Lead Hazard Control HUD Grant” Project Summary: This semester, I have been working with the City of Bloomington Legal Department on the Lead Hazard Control Grant. The LHC is a federal grant funded by the US Department of[…]
Binder #: 38 Major: Business Finance Passion: Environmental Sustainability Organization: Ecology Action Center, State Farm Project Summary: I really enjoyed my time at State Farm and at the Ecology Action Center. Although both proved to be very valuable experiences, State Farm workdays gave me a better idea of what corporate work life was like. My supervisors were[…]