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 participatory action research and academically-based service learning have been ignored. Community involvement has been classified as an extrescurricular activity rather than as an academic necessity. Professor Jim Sikora and Professor Jim Simeone started Action Research Center, ofering their first seminar in the fall of 2003. Their center continues to develop and provide the impetus for further inquory into community service on campus. Together with Assistant Dean Clark, Garduate Assistant in the Office of Student Activities Danielle Kuglin, and Professor Sikora, we have formed a partnership to investigate the possibility of creating a volunteer center at Illinois Wesleyan.