IUPUI partners with Near West Collaborative

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the Near West Collaborative have agreed to a formal partnership to promote economic development and address quality-of-life plan priorities for Haughville, Hawthorne, Stringtown and We Care.

The memorandum of understanding was recently signed by IUPUI, Hawthorne Community Center and the Near West Collaborative.

Under the partnership, access will be provided to a wide variety of resources at IUPUI that will assist seven priority areas identified as important to the immediate and long-term vitality of the Near Westside neighborhoods: housing, public safety, beautification, economic development, education, health and civic/youth engagement.

IUPUI is home to a number of schools, centers and programs with extensive expertise in nonprofits, community engagement, education, health care, economic development and quality-of-life issues.

The Near Westside envisions itself as a clean, tree-lined, front-porch community with affordable family homes. Residents see the neighborhood as the ideal safe, urban area where people live, work and raise a family in close proximity to downtown.

The partnership builds on a more-than-decade-long relationship between the Center for Service and Learning at IUPUI and the Near Westside community. The relationship has resulted in a number of achievements, including:

New relationships with the IU School of Medicine and the Near Westside for annual health fairs and a leadership role with the Indy Food Fund to leverage resources for community food projects.

  • More than 100 consultations and meetings with community partners and engaged university faculty, staff and students.
  • IUPUI faculty helping implement elements of the quality-of-life plan.
  • Scholarships that help promote and teach college readiness for elementary through high school students.
  • Development of Near West identity and branding including the logo, billboards and more.
  • Development of an urban gardening program.

The Center for Service and Learning will serve as the facilitator for accessing programs and resources on the IUPUI campus. The partnership will initially draw upon the resources in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, School of Education, School of Social Work, Office of External Affairs, Community Learning Network, and the Center for Service and Learning.

Symposium continues exchange between schools of education at IUPUI and Moi University

The latest in a continuing exchange of ideas and best practices between the Indiana University School of Education at IUPUI and the Moi University School of Education in Eldoret, Kenya, takes place next week in Indianapolis.

Faculty from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Moi will hold the second annual Faculty Symposium on Research and Teaching on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 29 and 30, at the Lilly Auditorium on the lower level of the IUPUI University Library, 755 W. Michigan St. The symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The purpose is to bring together faculty from the two schools of education to share their research, teaching interests and scholarship, related to this year’s theme “Interrogating Educational Policy and Practice in Kenya and the U.S.” Through face-to-face presentations and discussions, Moi and IUPUI faculty will hear from each other and explore opportunities for joint scholarship and initiatives.

The first symposium took place in Kenya in August 2012. Pat Rogan, executive associate dean of the IU School of Education at IUPUI, led a group of four faculty who traveled to Eldoret, which is almost 200 miles northwest of Nairobi. Seven faculty from Moi will travel to Indianapolis.

“We are committed to a mutually beneficial partnership that enhances faculty collaboration and student exchanges,” Rogan said. “The symposium will advance our internationalization efforts while strengthening relationships between Moi and IUPUI faculty.”

The symposium is an extension of IU and Moi University’s long-standing relationship, which began with the IU School of Medicine and Moi teaming up on the AMPATH Center, or Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare, a clinic that helps treat Kenyans with HIV and AIDS. In addition, the IU and Moi schools of journalism recently agreed to continue their partnership, and Kenya is now home to the IU Alumni Association Kenya Chapter.

The IU School of Education at IUPUI signed a memorandum of understanding with Moi University to formally partner for continuing professional exchanges. Last year’s symposium in Kenya allowed faculty from both universities to share best practices and research on a variety of topics. The Moi faculty presented on the teacher preparation practices at Moi, how the Moi faculty uses research to inform policy and practice in higher education, and science curriculum. Faculty from IUPUI spoke about teaching techniques with the latest technology, issues surrounding the education of urban youth, and women in education.

“This year’s symposium will offer a wide range of leading edge topics among the seven Moi and seven (IUPUI) School of Education presenters,” Rogan said. “It promises to be a highly informative and exciting event.”

The sessions are free and open to the public. Organizers request attendees pre-register online.