Civic Engagement Students Present Capstone Projects

Civic Engagement Students Present Capstone Projects

Students completing SESP's Civic Engagement Certificate Program in 2012 presented posters for their capstone projects at a reception on June 1. These projects, designed as culminating experiences for second-year students in this two-year program, involve at least 100 hours of community service and a reflective analysis.

Participating students, descriptions of their projects and sponsoring organizations are as follows:

Dianelle Littman, Danielle Moehrke and Diana Raiselis
Dianelle Littman, Danielle Moehrke and Diana Raiselis
Sponsor: 826CHI
Homework Ends. Rock On!: Fostering Creative Collaboration between Northwestern Student Theater and 826Chicago
This partnership leveraged assets of Northwestern student theatre to provide an after-homework club for 826CHI, a Chicago creative-writing organization.

Stephanie Aaron, Katlin Bole and Ajay Haryani
Stephanie Aaron, Katlin Bole and Ajay Haryani
Sponsor: Childcare Network of Evanston
Marketing for a Nonprofit: Spreading CNE Influence across Communities
To connect Childcare Network of Evanston (CNE) to new communities and increase its online presence, this group created a script to share the CNE vision with potential partners and compiled a guide of best practices for its website and social media.

Meghan Cavanaugh, Colette Ghunim and Mahalia Kaysay
Meghan Cavanaugh, Colette Ghunim and Mahalia Kaysay
Sponsor: Connections for the Homeless
Explore: Out-of-State Citizen-Based Connections
To address a lack of information about out-of-state resources for homeless individuals, this group created a national database of personal contacts for employment, housing and adjustment resources for Connections for the Homeless.

Alexandria Benifield, Savon Bryant, Andrew Nelson and Laura Santamaria
Alexandria Benifield, Savon Bryant, Andrew Nelson and Laura Santamaria
Sponsor: Heartland Alliance – Immigrant Services
Heartland Alliance Learning Opportunities
The purpose of this project was to create workshops for new immigrant students taking English language and/or citizenship classes through Heartland Alliance.

Julia Coppelman and Kiley Naas
Julia Coppelman and Kiley Naas
Sponsor: Heartland Alliance – Refugee and Immigration Community Services
Refugee and Immigrant Community Services (RICS): Building a Foundation for Future Growth
To assist RICS in diversifying its funding sources and creating a new marketing strategy, this group developed marketing materials, a marketing workshop and a fundraising database.

Chloe Grainger, Julia Greenberger, Janelle Henney and Camille Provencal-Dayle
Chloe Grainger, Julia Greenberger, Janelle Henney and Camille Provencal-Dayle
Sponsor: Center for Talent Development – Project Excite
Project Excite: Minority Leaders of Tomorrow
To assist in developing minority leaders, the group designed a curriculum for eighth graders in Project Excite, an enrichment program for high-achieving minority students.

Anna Jacobs, Josephine Lee and Erin Turner
Anna Jacobs, Josephine Lee and Erin Turner
Sponsor: University Bible Fellowship
High School Bible Fellowship: A College Readiness Program
To create a college readiness program for high school students at University Bible Fellowship to confidently pursue the college application process, this group wrote a summer curriculum, created an asset map of church members and wrote a discussion guide for teachers.

The Civic Engagement Certificate Program, which is open to all Northwestern students, is directed by SESP professor Dan Lewis. Faculty members are Paul Arnston of the School of Communication and Jody Kretzmann and Clinton Nichols of SESP. Coordinators of the program are Nathan Frideres of SESP and Robert Donahue and Heidi Gross of the Center for Civic Engagement.

By Marilyn Sherman with photos by Andrew Campbell
Last Modified: 6/20/12