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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!

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Crystal Whiters

Crystal Whiters

School of Architecture
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
whiters@illinois.edu

Hi, my name is Crystal Whiters and I was raised in Homewood, IL, a south suburb of Chicago.  After graduating from the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign (BS, chemistry, AB Spanish), I served in AmeriCorps, working with high-risk pregnant mothers from the Westside of Chicago.  In addition to ensuring the mothers received quality healthcare and access to social services, my fellow AmeriCorps members and I worked with neighborhood organizations to plan service projects throughout the course of our year of service.

During the application process to graduate school, I became aware of ESLARP.  This awareness motivated the return to the University of IL as an architecture student.  In August 2006, I began the ESLARP experience, designing a community center for EPDC in Prof. Robert Selby’s design studio.  August 2007 was the start of my first ESLARP RA experience, assisting with administrative tasks in the office and supervising a cemetery restoration project in East St. Louis during an outreach weekend. 

Community development and historic preservation are the areas of interest to me.  This year, I am working as a community liaison with neighborhood partners.

Last updated on 7/22/2011
 
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