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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

FAA391 Fall 2008


FAA 391: Action Research Seminar
Community Engagement in East St. Louis

Instructor: Abby Harmon
Office: 325 Noble Hall
Phone: 265-6341

Meets: Tuesdays & Thursday 12-1:15PM, 322 Noble Hall 
Plus trips to East St. Louis as needed
(Approximately 3 trips to ESL, all expenses covered by ESLARP).
Credit hours: 3

This course is designed to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to develop research skills and an appreciation for applied research directed toward everyday needs in distressed urban communities. The class has a unique structure that combines the benefits of lecture/discussion with applied research projects that have tangible benefits for the community. Projects in the Fall 2008 semester will focus on developing an understanding of how social conditions affect, and, in turn, are affected by physical conditions of an area. Students will conduct physical and social analysis in pre-existing sites and neighborhoods in Champaign-Urbana using observation and interview methods to collect data. Students will also use these methods in a developing site in East St. Louis—The Eagle’s Nest—to collect site- and neighborhood-specific data. Students will use this data to formulate physical and social recommendations for The Eagle’s Nest and the surrounding neighborhood. Upon completion of the course, students will have an understanding of action research principles, data collection and analysis methods, and key arguments on structural racism, homelessness, and community development.

Fall 2008 Syllabus

Resource Guide

Class Discussion Blog


Week 1 (8/26-8/28)

Week 2 (9/2-9/4)

Week 3 (9/9-9/11)

Week 4 (9/16-9/18)

Week 5 (9/23-9/25)

Week 6 (9/30-10/2)

Week 7 (10/7-10/9)

Week 8  (10/14-10/16)

Last updated on 8/15/2011
Action Research Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Fine and Applied Arts
326 Noble Hall, MC-549 1209 South Fourth Street Champaign, Illinois 61820 (217) 265-0202 Fax: (217) 244-9320