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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.
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Binder: #62 Major: N/A Passion: Environmental Sustainability Organization: Research on EPA Project Summary: To completely dissect the Clean Water Act, Total Maximum Daily Load, and Quality Assurance Project Plans. In order to dissect and define these I must read them and build a foundation in which even lament individuals can comprehend their meaning as well[…]
Binder #97 Major: Political Science Passion: Human Rights, Health and Wellness Organization: Mid-Central Community Action, Bloomington Police Dept. Project Summary: The WBRP’s West Bloomington Neighborhood Plan talks about increasing safety on the West Side by bringing in a neighborhood watch and other safety procedures. Additionally, they talk about revitalizing houses on the West Side and[…]
Binder #96 Major: Psychology and Sociology Passion: Health and Wellness, Human Rights, Education and Outreach Organization: LINC Center Project Summary: In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, there will be a self-defense class free of charge available to women interested in learning the importance of protecting onself. The program is intended to help women develop a[…]
Binder #95 Major: Environmental Studies Passion: Education and Outreach, Health and Wellness Organization: IWU ARC Project Title: “The Bike Project” Project Summary: A bike fix-it workshop where mechanics teach community members how to repair and maintain a bike. Each participant repairs two bikes with the help of the mechanics, where they get to keep one[…]
Binder #: 94 Major: Sociology Passion: Education and Outreach, Human Rights Organization: IWU ARC Project Title: “S.P.E.A.K” Project Summary: I found that each of the volunteer-dependent mentoring programs offered on the Westside of Bloomington have an orientation process. All of which include instruction on becoming an effective mentor. Young adults or teens sometimes attend a[…]
April 17, 2015 Final Research Project Report ENST 480: Creating a Sustainable Society Abtstract: The Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) Peace Garden is a campus garden located at the liberal arts university in Bloomington, Illinois. The Peace Garden’s mission is to meet the culinary and educational needs of student, faculty, and staff at IWU. This study,[…]
Binder #92 Major: Political Science Passion: Education and Outreach Organization: YWCA Project Title: Developing a Career Readiness Program for Low Income Women Project Summary: My main project was researching information that would help the YWCA offer racial justice consulting services to local businesses and organizations. My smaller project was helping to develop a new career[…]
Binder: #91 Major: Sociology/ Anthropology and Environmental Studies Passion: Arts, Neighborhood Revitalization Organization: West Side of Bloomington Project Summary: There are a lot of misconceptions of who and what exists on the WestSide of Bloomington. We hope to begin to change perspectives by hosting a pop-up art gallery filled with portraits corresponding stories from residents[…]
Binder # 90 Major: Political Science Passion: Economic Development Organization: Mid Central Community Action Project Summary: The Catherine St. Neighborhood party aim to create a community event for adults and young adults where they can focus their energies, improve their health, and work on team building. Funding provided a basketball hoop and basketballs. In the center[…]
Binder #82 Major: Business Administration Passion: Youth, Economic Development Organization: Milestones Project Title: Budget Analysis and Expansion Research Project Summary: The main goal was to examine the center’s economic situation, assess the need for childcare on the West Side of Bloomington, and provide useful information and research for Milestones if they were to expand.[…]
Binder # 83 Major: N/A Passion: Arts, Neighborhood Revitalization, Education and Outreach Organization: West Bloomington Revitalization Project Project Title: Writing a Holiday Appeal Letter Project Summary: An appeal letter will be written to potential donors asking for money to fund WBRP projects. A calendar highlighting West Bloomington, its community, and the WBRP projects that have[…]
Year of Graduation: 2010 Major: Economics and Political Science Current Address: Chicago, Illinois How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. I was an intern and Weir Fellow, working in the WBRP office and co-chair of the housing committee. I helped organize a housing summit. Where are[…]
Year of Graduation: 2015 Major: Political Science and Hispanic Studies Current Address: Niles, Illinois How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. In the summer of 2013 I was an intern in the Community Partnership Program. My nonprofit partner was Heartland Head Start where I helped Spanish[…]
Year of Graduation: 2011 Major: Sociology Current Address: Chicago, IL How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. I worked with Brittini Gray on an educational project that would allow low-income youth in Bloomington-Normal go to college. We designed and coordinated a college tour. Where are you[…]
Year of Graduation: 2011 Major: Nursing Current Address: Chicago, Illinois How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. Helped IWU gather community service hours from each team in the athletic department. Where are you now? Working on the critical care unit at Mercy Hospital Where did ARC[…]