EAST ST LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

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January/February 2001

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SPRING 2001 ESLARP COURSES

ARCH372 A Collaborative, Interdisciplinary ESLARP Studio Workshop: The studio will be comprised of interdisciplinary teams working on neighborhood master planning and the programming and preliminary schematic design of a community facility for the Lansdowne neighborhood of East St. Louis.

LA236/338 Master Planning to enhance quality of life in East St. Louis: An interdisciplinary studio engaged in participatory design/planning to revitalize and improve quality of life in the Lansdowne neighborhood of E. St. Louis.

UP378 Community Development Workshop: The Community Development Workshop introduces students to the community development practice, from an empowerment planning perspective. Workshop students will cooperate with leaders of East St. Louis' Lansdowne Neighborhood Steering Committee in designing a five-year revitalization plan for their community.

Read more about the courses at: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/courses/

DigitalESL Collaborative

The DigitalESL Collaborative sees digital technology as a means for empowering all East St. Louis metro area residents to build and sustain a healthy, livable community. We see a team of technology-savvy people who are well connected to each other and to different kinds of opportunities in the region and around the world. Through technology, all citizens will have easy access to learning opportunities, economic opportunities, and resources for better living. Information technology will become part of daily life and expand peoplesí thinking and their awareness of these possibilities.

http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/ntac/digitalesl/

ESLARP FACULTY FELLOWSHIP

ESLARP granted its first Faculty Fellowship to Dr. Martin Wolske for the spring semester. Last semester Dr. Wolske's class met with four partnering community-based organizations to assess technology needs and begin providing a basic level of technology to these organizations. Students reconditioned donated computers and set up labs at the four sites.

During spring semester students will work to provide Internet access, train people at the sites to be basic administrators of their equipment, to add printers, sound cards, etc. to the computers, and to test the usability and effectiveness of the labs.

For more information: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/courses/fellow.htm

FEBRUARY OUTREACH WEEKEND

ESLARP has begun to target the neighborhood of Lansdowne. Volunteers successfully surveyed the conditions of over 600 acres in Lansdowne and knocked on between 800 and 1000 doors and asking 60 people how they want to see their neighborhood grow and change. Sunday morning 18 people split up and traveled to 6 different churches in the Lansdowne area, and invited people to participate in future meetings.

Read more about the weekend at: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/update/index.htm#outreach

ESLARP GRANTED BONNER FOUNDATION GRANT

The East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP) at the University of Illinois has been granted $105,000 over the next three years as part of the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation's Learn and Serve Grant. ESLARP and six other community-university partnerships from around the country have received these funds in order to expand their efforts in the communities in which they work.

With this grant, ESLARP will work to expand the range of educational institutions and disciplines that engage in community development projects in East St. Louis. We will provide financial support for service-learning courses in these institutions and disciplines, and work to ensure that these courses address needs and priorities that are identified locally. ESLARP is excited about this three year project and the opportunity to work closely with other similar programs throughout the country.

NTAC NEWS

The Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center (NTAC) is ESLARP's local office in East St. Louis. NTAC NEWS is their monthly newsletter featuring updates from local partnering organizations and information of interest to local neighborhood associations and non-profit agencies.

Take a look at past copies of NTAC News at: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/ntac/ntacnews/


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Document author(s) : Deanna Koenigs
Last modified: 28 February 2001, Deanna Koenigs
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