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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

FAA 291 Fall 2010

FAA 291 (ES2)
Civic Engagement in East St. Louis, Illinois (October section)

Instructor: Vicki Eddings
Office: 326 Noble Hall



Enrollment in this class requires attendance in two in-class sessions (one orientation, one reflection/discussion) and one outreach weekend (overnight field trip to East St. Louis).  Credit hours: 1; Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

Session information:
1. Orientation session: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 6:30 – 8:00 pm  ♦  Room 322 Noble Hall
2. Outreach Weekend session: Friday, October. 15 (7 am) through October 16, 2010 (8 pm)
3. Reflection/disucssion session: October 19, 2010 6:30 – 8:00 pm ♦  Room 322 Noble Hall

Course description:
Community-based organizations play increasingly important roles in expanding the supply of jobs, affordable housing and social services in many low-income urban communities. Supported by local religious organizations, financial institutions, regional foundations and municipal governments, community development corporations have emerged as the primary organizational vehicles for neighborhood stabilization and community revitalization in many U.S. cities.

This community engagement course is designed to introduce students from across campus to community development practices and the participatory approach followed by the East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP). This is a unique opportunity to work alongside residents and neighborhood leaders on vital projects identified by grassroots organizations. A hands-on approach to instruction is employed, as participants will take part in an Outreach Weekend experience in East St. Louis, Illinois.  Students will tour the city and meet neighborhood leaders before engaging in the weekend projects of physical improvements in the community.

As preparation for the trip students will participate in an orientation that highlights the history of East St. Louis as well as its partnership with the University and ESLARP.  Students will be required to complete two readings and submit a written assignment during the reflection session following the outreach weekend. Students should be prepared to discuss their weekend experiences during the reflection session.

Course Structure:
FAA 291 follows an open discussion format that fosters lively and thoughtful conversation; questions and comments are encouraged. The course meets twice on campus and includes one two-day outreach trip to East St. Louis (Friday and Saturday). The ESLARP Outreach Weekend experience will begin Friday morning at 7 am and conclude by 9 pm Saturday evening. Your travel expenses are paid by ESLARP for this course.

The on-campus classes are the Tuesday before the outreach weekend and the Tuesday following the outreach weekend. (See dates above.)


Theising, Andrew J. (2003). "Made in USA: East St. Louis. The Rise and Fall of an Industrial River Town" St. Louis, MO: Virginia Publishing. 7-16.

Reardon, Kenneth M. (1998). "Enhancing the Capacity of Community-Based Organizations in East St. Louis," in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, 17, 323-333.

Last updated on 7/22/2011
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