FAA199 Fall 2008
Civic Engagement in East St. Louis, Illinois
Instructor: Sang S. Lee
Office: 324 Noble Hall - Phone: 265-0533
Section ESL: September 24 and October 1, 5:00pm-6:30pm
With a field trip to East St. Louis from September 26-27.
Section ES2: November 12 and November 19, 5:00pm-6:30pm
With a field trip to East St. Louis from November 14-15.
Credit hours: 1
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 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 a mandatory lecture that addresses structural inequality and highlights the history of the partnership between the East St. Louis community and ESLARP. Students will be required to complete a reflection paper and be prepared to discuss their experiences during the post-trip reflection session.
Each section requires attendance to two in-class sessions and one outreach weekend. Section ESL meets in class on September 24 and October 1, and has outreach weekend dates September 26-27. Section ES2 meets in class on November 12 and November 19, and has outreach weekend dates November 14-15. The ESLARP Outreach Weekends are conducted each semester. The weekend experience typically begins on Friday mornings at 7 a.m. and will conclude on Saturday evenings returning to campus before 9 p.m. The College of Fine and Applied Arts’ East St. Louis Action Research Project will fund all travel, food and lodging expenses necessitated by these trips.
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.
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