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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 391 Spring 2013 N 1st. Street

FAA 391: Action Research Seminar
Housing and Services for Elderly Residents of Champaign’s North First Street Area

Instructor: Professor Lynne Dearborn
Teaching Assistants: Rachna Bhatia

Office: 322 Noble Hall

Meeting time: Lecture - Thursdays 11:30am-1:00 pm, 317 Noble Hall
                        Lab – 1.5 hours / week by arrangement with instructor

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed for upper-level undergraduate students who have an interest in learning how to use research to address a community issue. In this course, you will have the opportunity to develop research skills and knowledge, and apply these to real life needs in the community. This course is embedded within ARI, an interdisciplinary project dedicated to improving social issues in Champaign-Urbana, as well as throughout East Central Illinois.

Course Syllabus


Schedule & Readings 

Week 1: (1/17)

Introduction to Course

Week 2: (1/24)

Action Research and its Value

     "Participatory Action Research as Service Learning" by Reardon (1998)

     "Service Learning as Justice Advocacy: Can Political Scientists Do Politics?" by Robinson (2000)

     "Head and Hand Together: A Project-Based Research Model" by Stoeker (2005)


Week 3: (1/31)Week 5: (2/14)

Structural Racism on Champaign's North End

     "Structural Racism and Community Building" by the Aspen Institute (2004)     pages 1-11

     "An Assessment of Housing, Neighborhood Conditions, and Attitudes toward  Northeast Champaign and Northwest Urbana" by Trimm (1990)     pages 1-21

     "The Political and Economic Forces Shaping Concentrated Poverty" by  Wilson  (2008) pages 555-562

Week 4: (2/7)

History of Champaign's North End

     "The Relationship Between Segregation and Financing Practices to Minority Housing Problems in Champaign-Urbana" by the League of Women Voters of Champaign County (1961)

     "Urban Renewal and Negro Involvement: A Case Study of Negro Politics in Champaign, IL" by Patton (1968)     pages 7-17

     "Questions and Answers about Urban Renewal" by the City of Champaign (1963)


Week 5: (2/14) 

Research on environments and services for senior citizens and affordable housing solutions/precedents

Week 6: (2/21)

Elderly housing with mixed use development

Week 7: (2/28)

North First Street Visioning # 1
An Overview of the Initial Design Stages of Developing Elderly Housing

Week 8: (3/07)

North First Street Visioning #2
Designing Residential Environments for the Elderly

Week 9: (3/14)

North First Street Visioning # 3
Design Precedents

Spring Break No Class! (3/21)

Week 10: (3/28)

Project Break Out Session #1

Week 11: (4/4)

Housing alternatives for moderate-income senior citizens

Week 12: (4/11)

Project Break Out Session # 2

Week 13: (4/18)

Project Break Out Session # 3: Presentation/Crits

Week 14: (4/25)

Project Break Out Session # 4

Week 15: Service Learning Showcase: Final Presentations

*** No Final Exam


Last updated on 4/1/2013
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