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Year of Graduation: 2015 Major/minor: Risk Management Current Address: Chicago, Illinois How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. During the CPP internship, I interned at Mid Central Community Action. I was in charge of organizing their NeighborWorks Community Assessment. This involved surveying the quality of the[…]
Year of Graduation: 2015 Major/minor: Environmental Studies Current Address: Benin, Africa How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. I worked with the Peace Garden and developing the Rso also the fellowship was to develop a peace space/outdoor classroom on campus. Mixed with native and medicinal plants[…]
Year of Graduation: 2013 Major: Business and Sociology Current Address: Washington, DC How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. In almost every capacity. Assumed the first Coordinator role at ARC coming out of college. Wouldn’t trade it for anything. Where did ARC take you professionally? Are[…]
Year of Graduation: 2013 Major: Political Science Current Address: Chicago, IL How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. CPP intern who focused on culturally competent early childhood education and board member development at the YWCA, strategic planning for the initial stages of the Tool Library, grant[…]
Year of Graduation: 2013 Major: Political Science Current Address: St. Louis, Missouri How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. I worked for Deborah the summer of 2012 as assistant coordinator and took the grant writing seminar. My project of[…]
Year of Graduation: 2013 Major: English Current Address: Muncie, Indiana How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. I was thankful to have had the opportunity to work with the United Way of McLean County on their Reading Buddies program. With the staff of the United Way,[…]
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[…]