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Community - Campus Day of Service

April 5, 2014

On Saturday, April 5th, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign kicked off National Volunteer Week with an inaugural Community-Campus Day of Service. Over 60 students, faculty and staff worked with six community partners on seven projects to complete pre-construction projects, community garden spring preparation projects, flyering in the community, reorganizing classrooms at Tap in Leadership Academy, cataloging choral literature, and preparing a Bee Garden. A big thank you goes out to all who helped on April 5!


Enriching perspectives through community engagement

Community Information and Technology

The Digital ESL Collaborative sees digital technology as a means for empowering all East St. Louis metro area residents to build and sustain a healthy, livable community. Graduate students and faculty from Prairienet/Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) have narrowed the “digital divide” by providing computer workstations and training at over twenty locations in and around East St. Louis. GSLIS students develop more and more public access computer labs and the Digital ESL Collaborative continues to distribute more used computers to the homes of low-income families, the need for hardware repair will increase.  Team Tech is designed to address the technology literacy needs of youth in East St. Louis (metro east area) Illinois. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is currently developing a partnership with the West African nation of São Tomé that is growing in scope. GSLIS students and faculty have installed computer labs in locations including: The National Library, Regional libraries, Schools, and other community centers on the island.  In addition, students tested a wireless protocol to connect remote locations. Future projects will include work with the national archives and English books.

Examples of Past and Present Projects:

•    DIGITAL ESL Collaborative
•    Teen Tech Team
•    Sao Tome
•    Map of Community Technology Centers in ESL




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