Civic Engagement Certificate Students Present Projects

Civic Engagement Certificate Students Present Projects

Civic Engagement Certificate Students 2015

Students completing SESP’s Civic Engagement Certificate Program in 2015 presented posters about their capstone projects at a reception on June 5. 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. 

Tamar Eisen, Margaret Parker, Nicola Rhyan and Shoshi Shapiro
Sponsor: Devon Community Market and West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
Sustainable Farmers Markets in Diverse Communities
The goal of this project was to design a model for developing long-lasting, community-oriented farmers markets. The students worked to increase local engagement and create a sustainable business model by recruiting vendors and establishing marketing tactics.

Emily Callahan, Angellic Ross and Stacy Sanchez
Sponsor: Living Works After-School Program
Building Leaders: How to CREATE Dialogue among Youth
The purpose of this project was to improve a curriculum called CREATE for after-school tutoring. Feedback from tutors, students and parents led to recommendations for next year’s implementation of the curriculum.

Jenna Adams, Diane Arthur and Kieara Reed
Sponsor: Northside Community Resources
Journey to Inclusion: Language Access and Cultural Competency at Northside Community Resources
To develop a language plan that would enhance access to social services for limited English proficiency (LEP) clients, this team worked with community members and organizations by facilitating focus groups. Based on the findings, the group developed suggestions for language access.

Qiddist Hammerly, Carolyn Langhauser and Maeghan Murphy
Sponsor: Project NIA and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
Liberation Library
The purpose of this project was to provide incarcerated youth with books in order to encourage imagination, self-determination and connection. The students recruited volunteers for fundraising, outreach and book selection and collaborated with three Illinois youth center locations.

Harmony Arcilla, Jen Reese and Nikki Romane
Sponsor: Y.O.U. Evanston and District 65 Schools
Why Y.O.U.?: Creating a Content Marketing Strategy for Y.O.U. Evanston
This project aimed to help Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) in Evanson gain volunteers, fellows and work-study employees from Northwestern. After conducting surveys and interviews, the students recommended improved marketing strategies such as in-person and online communication.

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 Jennifer Hirsch of SESP. Coordinators of the program are Nathan Frideres of SESP and Robert Donahue, Heidi Gross and Kerry Brown of the Center for Civic Engagement.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/11/15