Illinois Wesleyan University

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Record your community engagement hours here! And learn more about how you can give a total of 24 hours throughout the school year.

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If you have an idea, a challenge, an opportunity, or a roadblock—ARC is a place to explore solutions and action plans
"Get Stuff Done."

-Deborah Halperin

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.

  • 43,775 HOURS

    Total Hours of Community Engagement in the 2014-2015 Academic Year

  • $1,054,102

    The Value of Our Community Engagement Hours

  • Give a Day Campaign

    Pledge to serve 24 hours in your community

  • % Hours of Service Contributed by Students

    2014-2015 academic year

The ARC Team

Your Guides to Connecting with Communities
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Deborah Halperin

Director of Action Research Center
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Carrie Mack

Action Research Center Coordinator
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Bevin Cowie

Action Research Center Coordinator

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