Civic Engagement Students Present Capstone Projects

Civic Engagement Students Present Capstone Projects

Civic Engagement

Students completing SESP's Civic Engagement Certificate Program in 2013 presented posters about their capstone projects at a reception on June 7. 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: 

Lindsay Amer and Rose Semmel
Sponsor: Illinois Safe School Alliance
Tools for Safe Schools
Amer and Semmel worked with the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, an organization that advocates for queer youth in schools, to compile a comprehensive toolkit with guidance on how to make school a safer place to be LGBTQ. The students surveyed local alliance organizations on their needs.

Ping Archbold, Geoyia Nightengale and Anthony Tsao
Sponsor: Mather Lifeways
The Café Way of Aging Well: Exploring the Impact of Older Adult Community Centers
This project assessed programs and other resources available to older adults in suburban communities in northwest Chicago. The group also provided recommendations where resources were lacking.

Senami Dosu, Alexis Gable and Sophia Robele
Sponsor: Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Creating New Networks: Building Non-Profit Capacity to Tap into Sources of Corporate and Foundation Funding
The purpose of this project was to build the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian’s capacity to expand its corporate funding base. The group performed prospect research and suggested strategies for approaching donors.

Alexandria Osborn, Jocie Padgen, Mitchell Serafin and Maddie Stuart
Sponsor: Piccolo Theatre
Pick Piccolo: Developing Community Presence
This project worked to assist Piccolo Theater to better use their resources for the mutual benefit of the community and themselves, to improve their visibility so as to make the theater more accessible to patrons, and to better utilize social media in order to build their brand.

Elizabeth Kreitman, Esther Lee, Carol Li and Lena Peck
Sponsor: Project EXCITE
When High Test Scores Aren't Enough: Developing Non-Cognitive Skills for Academic Success in Project EXCITE
The purpose of this project was to identify the academic importance of non-cognitive skill development and apply these findings to Project EXCITE, a program for gifted minority students from 3rd through 8th grade. Based on a survey and literature review, the group recommended approaches and assessments.

Krysta Smith and Karen Wilber
Sponsor: Senior Connections
Connecting with Senior Connections
The purpose of this project was to help Senior Connections collaborate with other organizations that serve older adults in Evanston in order to provide the most beneficial service to seniors. The group developed an interview protocol and compiled a list of services as well as recommendations for furthering partnerships.

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
Last Modified: 6/20/13