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IU Northwest Bicentennial Community Engagement Celebration

Apr 23 01:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Savannah Center - Gary

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Indiana University Northwest


Indiana University Northwest will host a Bicentennial Community Engagement Celebration from 1 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 at various locations in the Savannah Center. The Celebration will include panels, presentations, dance performances, and the launch of Collaboratory, a publicly accessible, cloud-based platform for documenting community engagement activities.

Free and open to the public, the Celebration is part of IU Northwest’s observance of IU’s Bicentennial in 2020, a multi-year, multi-campus program to recognize and chronicle IU history, showcase the university’s significant contributions to the world, and set a course for the next century.

The Celebration will open with a welcome from Chancellor William J. Lowe, who will award IU Northwest student, Jennifer Webber, with a certificate recognizing her selection as a Newman Civic Fellow - a national recognition of community-committed students who are change makers and problem solvers at Campus Compact member institutions.

Angela Johnson-Wells, an expert in multicultural education will present “Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Community Engagement: Building Partnerships.” The South Shore Dance Alliance will perform in celebration of a long-partnership with IU Northwest. Faculty, students, and community partners will share their perspectives on current community partnerships in presentations throughout the event. Finally, IU Northwest will officially launch the Collaboratory.

Created by TreeTop Commons, LLC and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Collaboratory is the only product of its kind to allow higher education institutions to collect and analyze comprehensive data about the people, relationships, activities, and outcomes of community-engaged activities. With this information in hand, colleges and universities will be able to measure their impact, build relationships with community partners, gather invaluable data for reports and grant requests, and develop an understanding of higher education community engagement nationwide.

“The Bicentennial Celebration is well connected to the mission of the university,” said Monica Solinas-Saunders, associate professor of public and environmental affairs. “At IU Northwest, we provide opportunities for education, but we also offer opportunities for mutually beneficial exchanges with community partners that are meant to establish a network and influence change.”

The Celebration is a collaboration of the IU Northwest Center for Urban and Regional Excellence, Office of the Chancellor, Office of Academic Affairs, IU Northwest colleges and schools, Office of Alumni Relations, Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, as well as the IU Office of the Bicentennial and Indiana Campus Compact.

Parking fees will be suspended for the duration of the event. The closest parking to the Savannah Center is located in parking lot 2 on the north side of the campus. A campus parking map can be found at iun.edu/parking/map.

For more information, call 219-980-6978 or email the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence at cureiun@iun.edu.


Savannah Center

3400 Broadway




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