Mano en Mano service project spruces up neighborhood underpass

A Facebook photo captures only part of the full scale of the mural. | PHOTO COURTESY OF IMMIGRANT WELCOME CENTER

A Facebook photo captures only part of the full scale of the mural. | PHOTO COURTESY OF IMMIGRANT WELCOME CENTER

A dash of color and an artistic flair have given an underpass just south and west of the IUPUI campus a new lease on life, thanks to the Mano en Mano service project linking the IUPUI campus with a group of neighborhoods that comprise the Near Westside Collaborative.

Mano en Mano — literally “Hand in Hand” — was a partnership between IUPUI and the Immigrant Welcome Center of Indianapolis that took place Sept. 13 during National Welcoming Week, a national campaign that encourages cities to improve the quality of life and economic potential for immigrants and foster unity with members of the U.S.-born community.

Cindy Gil of IUPUI’s Office of External Affairs said Mano en Mano was the latest collaboration between the campus and the Near Westside Collaborative, which represents neighborhoods of Haughville, Hawthorne, Stringtown and We Care and promotes Indianapolis as a “welcoming city for all,” Gil said.

Jennifer Hutchinson, a clinical study technician in the Division of Endocrinology in the School of Medicine, designed the mural. Hutchinson paints under the name Jennifer Delgadillo and graduated in 2010 from the Herron School of Art & Design.

IUPUI has built ties to the Immigrant Welcome Center, located in the John H. Boner Community Center on the city’s east side, as part of the campus’s ongoing internationalization efforts. Last year, IUPUI hosted more than 1,800 international students from more than 140 countries; this year, the numbers have topped 1,900 students from approximately 150 countries.

Besides recruiting students for the project from the Office of International Affairs, Mano en Mano also is connected to the campus through the Center for Service and Learning and through the Community Learning Network.

Volunteers from Service and Learning’s iServe project primed the underpass walls that feature Delgadillo’s work during that service-learning project, also in September. The mural covers roughly 100 feet in width and is located near an IndyGo transportation facility southwest of the campus. The public transportation company supported Mano en Mano by providing parking for the IUPUI volunteers, Gil added, support that has pleased area merchants.

“When we spoke to local businesses around the mural, they all agreed that the project was much needed due to graffiti problems in the underpass,” Gil said. “Now that the mural is complete, the merchants said it brings a new image to the surroundings and helps encourage business in the area.”

The Community Learning Network contributed to the campus-neighborhood partnership by developing a survey published on the Near Westside Collaborative website to more fully identify area needs in education, training and workforce development.

Earlier this year, IUPUI, city officials and neighborhood leaders announced plans for $30 million in improvements to the IU Natatorium, as well as city streets, lighting and crosswalks.

“Our hope is to continue to be not only an institution of learning, but a bridge to potential resources that will add to the social and economic development of our surrounding neighborhoods,” Gil said.

by Ric Burrous

Sarah Banks to discuss ethical challenges in research partnerships

Thursday, April 24th, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Education/Social Work (ES) Building, Room 2126, Global Crossroads Classroom

Dr. Sarah Banks, Durham University, UK, will deliver a lecture entitled “Tackling Ethical Challenges in Community-based Participatory Research.”

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) often involves community organizations and universities working together. The work of CBPR can help build community capacity in a time of austerity, generate new perspectives on social and economic issues and result in better implementation of research findings. CBPR is growing in popularity yet, both practically and ethically challenging are present in the work of CBPR.

In the work of CBPR, it is not always clear:

  • When people are in the role of researchers and/or research subjects;
  • When people’s work should be credited and when anonymity is important;
  • Who owns and has rights to the data/findings;
  • How to navigate the institutional ethical review process;
  • How to guard against exploitation of one party by another;
  • How to be open about unequal power relationships; and
  • How to achieve greater equality and mutual respect.

During the session, Dr. Sarah Banks will discuss the types of ethical issues that arise in CBPR, the practical challenges that community organizations and universities confront when they collaborate on research projects, and useful strategies for tackling these issues in practice. Reference will be made to Community-based Participatory Research: A Guide to Ethical Principles and Practice (2012) and accompanying case materials, films, podcasts, and exercises for promoting ethical awareness, reflection and action. More information about CBPR can be found on the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement website (UK).

Register for this event here.

Co-sponsored by the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning, IUPUI Department of Anthropology, IUPUI Solution Center, IUPUI Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP), IUPUI Office of External Affairs.

Fall 2013 and Academic Year 2013/14 Service Learning Assistant Scholarships

The Center for Service and Learning is accepting applications for Fall 2013 and Academic Year 2013/14 Service Learning Assistant Scholarships.

Application Deadlines:

  • “Early Bird” Fall Only and AY 2013-14 awards  = March 1st, 2013 (Audience: faculty/staff desiring award notification prior to the end of Spring 2013)
  • General Application Period for Fall Only and AY awards = July 1st, 2013

Service Learning Assistant (SLA) Scholarships are available to recognize IUPUI students selected by faculty or professional staff to support community engaged faculty/staff work in teaching, research and service. SLAs may assist their faculty/staff mentor:

  • to design/implement/conduct SoTL research on a service learning class,
  • to conduct a community engaged research project,
  • to build capacity within a campus department or unit that expands the number and quality of service learning courses at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels of the curriculum,
  • to implement a professional service project in and with the community.

IUPUI faculty and staff are invited to apply for an SLA scholarship.

  • Upon approval, instructors identify a student to serve as their SLA.  The scholarship award is then transferred from the faculty/staff mentor to the student.
  • Please note that awards are granted to support faculty work. Applications to support independent student research projects will not be supported.

To learn more about program requirements, funding levels, or to complete an online application, please visit: http://csl.iupui.edu/OSL/slaapps.asp.

Center for Service and Learning Lecture: Elee Wood, “Public Scholar: Crossing the Streams of Community and University”

The Engaged Scholars Roundtable is a new program sponsored by the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning that showcases scholarly practice and innovations that honor tenets of Ernest Boyer’s concept of the Scholarship of Engagement.   To this end, the Engaged Scholars Roundtable is intended to:

  1. Build awareness of and engagement with the tenets of engaged scholarship by bringing publically disseminated work and developing research and scholarship conducted by IUPUI’s engaged scholars to the awareness of local campus and community audiences.

  2. Nurture interdisciplinary and community-campus collaboration and learning.

  3. Build capacity for the growth and development of engaged scholarship as a dimension of faculty work.

  4. Promote a sense of community among IUPUI’s engaged faculty and staff.

Format:  Roundtable sessions last for 1 hour over the lunch hour. In most cases, sessions will consist of a short 30 minute presentation followed by 20 -25 minutes of open discussion/dialogue.  The CSL plans to host 6-8 roundtables per academic year.

February’s Roundtable:

  • Presenter:    Dr. Elee Wood, Public Scholar of Museums, Families, and Learning, Associate Professor of Museum Studies and Teacher Education
  • Title: Public Scholar–Crossing the Streams of Community and University
  • When: Friday, February 15, 2013 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 p
  • Where: Hine Hall (the old University Place Conference Center), IP 226

Register for this event.

Abstract:      The Public Scholar role at IUPUI represents a commitment to civic engagement through joint appointments between the university and a community partner. Following Boyer (1990), this embedded, dual position represents a reconsideration of the work of a civically engaged university professor. Developing civic engagement and public scholarship research practices involves re-positioning and re-imagining the social interactions between “community” and “university” (Bridger & Alter, 2006; Ellison & Eatman, 2008; Ostrander, 2004). The relationships built between public scholar and community organizations are founded on both the intellectual and emotional characteristics of the faculty member as well as the overarching goals, mission and purpose of the institution (Colbert & Wharton-Michael, 2006). This synergy paves the way for more meaningful action, but it requires constant negotiation of interests, facilitation of dialogue, asking difficult questions, and fostering continued participation on the behalf of all the players (Bridger & Alter). Fundamentally the work is about being in the group, and apart from the group, focusing on the cultural norms and realities that comprise the interactions of people, place, and purpose. As Boyte and Kari (1996) acknowledge, civic engagement and public action fall along a spectrum of activities ranging from the deliberative, to problem solving, to the insurgent. In this paper, I trace the prospects and realities of these approaches to public scholarship through my research and collaboration with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to extend and expand family learning experiences, as well as build meaningful learning opportunities for students.

 

 

IUPUI Center for Service and Learning: Summer 2013 Service Learning Assistant Scholarships

The Center for Service and Learning is accepting applications for Summer 2013 Service Learning Assistant Scholarships. The summer application window will remain open from now through March 1st, 2013.

Service Learning Assistant (SLA) Scholarships are available to recognize IUPUI students who have been selected by faculty or professional staff to support community engaged faculty/staff work in teaching, research and service. SLAs may assist their faculty/staff mentor:

  • to design/implement/conduct SoTL research on a service learning class,
  • to conduct a community engaged research project,
  • to build capacity within a campus department or unit that expands the number and quality of service learning courses at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels of the curriculum,
  • to implement a professional service project in and with the community.

IUPUI faculty and staff are invited to apply for an SLA scholarship.

  • Upon approval, instructors identify a student to serve as their SLA.  The scholarship award is then transferred from the faculty/staff mentor to the student.
  • Please note that awards are granted to support faculty work. Applications to support independent student research projects will not be supported.

To learn more about program requirements, funding levels, or to complete an online application, please visit: http://csl.iupui.edu/OSL/slaapps.asp.