Why Westside Mural

Leo Martinez ’15 “Why Westside Mural”

  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[…]

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Kirsten Slaughter ’16 “Adopt-A-Pot”

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[…]

Bianca Spratt and Brittini Gray Seminar’09

  Binder #: 31 Major: Sociology, Business Administration Passion: Education and Outreach Organization: Action Research Center, West Bloomington Revitalization Project   Project Title: “College Visit Night!” Project Summary: On November 3, 2009, we coordinated a college visit day for the youth of the Westside of Bloomington. Our goal for the program was to expose youth to IWU and share with[…]

 Jazmyn Becker CPP Intern’11

Binder #: 24 Major: Business and Educational Studies Passion: Marketing, Education & Outreach Organization: WBRP, State Farm Project Summary: At State Farm I was assigned to the Marketing Communications: Mass Media Team. The team works largely with outside marketing agencies, with a specific focus on young families, Hispanics, and the Asian/Asian Indian marketing segment. At State Farm I was[…]

West Bloomington Revitalization Project

Are you tired of being stuck in the so-called “IWU bubble”? Do you have a heart full of passion for community engagement but don’t where to start? WBRP provides students tons of exciting volunteering positions, so let’s get started helping our local community grow, one step each time! 1.Economic Development: Adopt a Facebook, Sponsorship Committee, Calendar committee[…]


Veronica Watson: NeighborWorks Week Block Party

IWU student Veronica Watson partnered with Mid Central Community Action and The West Bloomington Revitalization Project to request $500 to hold a block party for the West Bloomington residents. This will serve as a conclusion to NeighborWorks Week programming and a celebration of the beginning of summer. Materials from the Tool Library will be used[…]


A Vision of West Bloomington

Name: Veronica Watson Year of graduation: May 2014 Major(s): International Studies, Diplomatic Studies Concentration Community Partner: WBRP & MCCA     Veronica Watson’s Reflection: My project started after I started attending some of the meetings for the West Bloomington Housing Collaborative. The Housing Collaborative is made up of the WBRP, MCCA, Habitat for Humanity, and[…]

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WBRP Housing Initiative-Visual Marketing

Political Science major, Nicole Jovicevic (’16), chose to help the West Bloomington Revitalization Project for her Fall Action Research Seminar Project. The WBRP has a housing initiative focused on home improvement projects. In order to attract more applicants for this initiative and to create a visually stimulating overview for the current investors, Nicole collected the[…]

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The Bloomington Digital Divide

As her project for the Fall Action Research Seminar, Sarah Bergman (’15), a Political Science major, explored the digital divide in Bloomington.  By partnering with Bloomington School District 87, she researched student access to the Internet in by surveying District 87 teachers.  The choice to survey teachers was made because of their firsthand experience with[…]

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Track Your Life

Lexia Swope, a Psychology and Sociology double major from Springfield, IL, participated in the Action Research Seminar in the fall of 2013. In this class, she created a health and wellness program for girls at the Bloomington-Normal Boys and Girls Club. The goal of the program was to promote and teach the girls to live[…]


Walk In Bike Out Event Manual

As her project for the Fall Action Research Seminar, Psychology major Natalie Weimer (’16) partnered with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project to create a manual for hosting the Walk In Bike Out event that Rick Heiser currently hosts. “In an attempt to combine my passion for bikes with the revitalization efforts targeted at the Westside,[…]

Eric Trujillo, owner of Eric's Restaurant across the street from Miller Park in West Bloomington!

Social Media Assistance: Daniel McGuire ’13 and Cameron Blossom ’13

During the Fall Seminar of 2012, senior students Daniel McGuire and Cameron Blossom developed Facebook pages for two West side business owners, while also training them on how to work the page.   Daniel McGuire worked with Market St. Bakery (the best donuts and pastries in town), and Cameron Blossom worked on Eric’s Restaurant’s page.[…]


2013 Weir Fellows: Nettie Rauch and Dave McGrath

2013 Weir Fellows, Dave McGrath and Nettie Rauch worked with West Bloomington Revitalization Project to start an annual Westside 5K. Dave ’14, a risk management major from Wheaton, IL, and Nettie ’14, a Hispanic Studies and Sociology major from Shoreview, Minnesota, are both members of the cross country team and mobilized their teammates in many[…]