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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

Crystal Whiters

Crystal Whiters

School of Architecture
Department of Urban and Regional Planning

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.

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