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Center for Urban Research and Learning

Opportunities for Freshmen

Engaging in innovative social change research at the Center for Urban Research and Learning

Want to learn more about grassroots activists working to create a more equitable Chicago?  Want to get connected with Chicago communities?  Interested in becoming a team member on a university-community project that has a direct impact on Chicago communities?  Check out the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL), an innovative, non-traditional research center at Loyola that engages undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and community partners in social change research projects in many different areas.  Students at CURL have examined the impact of Wal-Mart on Westside Chicago businesses; participated in a three-year evaluation of Chicago’s homelessness prevention efforts; worked on early childhood education policy; assisted in domestic violence prevention; and evaluated youth leadership programs

Few universities have centers like CURL where students can be part of research teams where they learn research skills, become a co-authors of a research reports, work side-by-side with community activists, and get a hands-on understanding of how change really takes place in urban communities.  There are a number of ways in which you can get involved at CURL. 






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Volunteering, taking UNIV 102, or just coming by to our Friday Morning Seminars are great ways of getting introduced to CURL.   If you are interest in talking with CURL staff, feel free to contact either Dr. Nyden (pnyden@luc.edu) or David Van Zytveld (dvanzyt@luc.edu), CURL’s Associate Director. 


Center for Urban Research and Learning
Loyola University Chicago · Cuneo Hall, 4th Floor, 6430 N. Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.8540 · Fax: 773.508.8510 · E-mail: curlweb@luc.edu

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