Community Engagement Forum
On April 21, 2012, Loyola University Chicago hosted the second annual Community Engagement Forum as part of the 2011-2012 Weekend of Excellence. This event featured and celebrated the civically-engaged work being done by Loyola students in service-learning courses, community-based research projects, and student organization outreach initiatives.
The Forum featured simultaneous displays of student projects in three adjacent venues:
Project IMPACT Gallery
The Center for Experiential Learning's Project IMPACT gallery featured photo essays produced by Loyola students Kelly Brandstatt and Tracey Riley submitted in conjunction with the 2012 Project IMPACT contest.
Kelly's work highlighted the impacts of Windy City Habitat for Humanity, where she had interned, and attempts to dispel misconceptions that her audience may have had about H4H. Her Artist's Statement reflects both the lessons she learned and her hopes for the future: "The experience and encouragement I received from this project will carry into my future career in the human services field, and I cannot wait to see what other unexpected projects the future brings my way."
Tracey Riley reflected on her the impacts of Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN), a peer-driven AIDS Prevention and Services oragnization in Edgewater where she was employed through the Community-based Federal Work Study program. Her photo essay consisted of portraits of key TPAN staff, accompanied by reflections gathered from each of them about the impacts of their work on themselves, their clients, and the broader community. Tracey noted that "although TPAN as an organization is making on impact on the community, it is the work and experiences of individuals that cultivates passion in order to make a difference." It was this acknowledgement of the role of individuals that motivated her artistic decision to focus on portraiture.
Electronic Portfolios Showcase
The Center for Experiential Learning's electronic portfolios initiative was on display through six interactive, student-created ePortfolios. The folios, chosen to represent various academic and professional uses of Loyola's new TaskStream ePortfolio client, can be viewed on the ePortfolios program website.
Academic Poster Presentation Gallery
Sixteen academic posters were presented as part of the Community Engagement Forum, representing a wide range of academic and co-curricular community engagement. The full list of posters and presenters can be found in the Forum's program.