outreach

outreach

Hispanic Cultural Resources and Opportunities

Hispanic Cultural Resources and Opportunities

IU East is observing Hispanic Heritage Month from September 13th to October 13th this year, and there’s plenty to see and do! We started last week with a visit from Alice Driver, a photographer and documentarian, who spoke about her photojournalism and film career (her documentary is If Images Could Fill Our Empty Spaces) and visited a number of classes to talk about US-Mexico border relations and related issues. But if you missed seeing Dr. Driver, there are still plenty of other activities to participate in. Hispanic Health segments will air all month on WCTV’s ‘Let’s Talk’ series, focusing on needs and resources within Richmond. IU East students who have recently studied abroad in Argentina are presenting their artwork in … Continued
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free” ~ Frederick Douglas

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free” ~ Frederick Douglas

September is National Literacy Month. Used in this context, literacy refers to the ability to read and write. Why does literacy have an entire month devoted to it on the national level? According to dosomething.org (https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-literacy-america) “1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.” Appreciating the fact that you are able to read, and taking action to help others read is a great way to celebrate National Literacy Month. Right here at IU East, in the Center for Service-Learning (CSL), located in the Campus Library, we have lots of opportunities for you to help. Currently we are in our second year of providing “literacy coaches” to meet specific community needs. Interested in learning more about … Continued
For the Love of Cities…and Service

For the Love of Cities…and Service

  The wait is over and the “One book” selection for Fall 2014 has been announced! It is For the Love of Cities: the love affair between people and their places by Peter Kageyama.  The book examines what makes cities lovable, and what motivates residents to take action to make their community a better place to live. He explains the “continuum of engagement” and how to move from “functional” to “meaningful.” In chapter seven, Kageyama writes “A recurring thread in this book is the notion that small things, seemingly insignificant, can have disproportionate impacts…In making lovable cities, just as in making loving human relationships, little things matter–a lot.”  He calls them “love notes.” Right here at IU East we have … Continued
World Book Night

World Book Night

The book I chose this year is Rebecca Lee’s Bobcat and Other Stories—I chose this collection of short stories because I believe that short stories are a wonderful genre to use to get new or not so avid readers interested in literature. Lee creates a variety of interesting characters in her work that present the reader with all kinds of questions on what it means to be human, and I think there is a story in her collection for every reader. I chose to be involved in World Book Night because I believe that a love of reading is crucial for success in almost every discipline. Reading is a fundamental part of our experience as humans, and an invaluable tool … Continued
Purple Up

Purple Up

America honors and appreciates our veterans and their sacrifices, but at IU East this is especially so – we are routinely named one of the most military-friendly schools in the country, and as a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, we offer flexible Bachelors and Masters programs online to make it as easy as possible for mobile service-members to complete their degrees.  Right now, IU East proudly counts 262 veterans among our students. At the Campus Library we have resources to serve both research interests into the military and materials for veterans returning to the civilian world.  Examples are databases such as the Military and Government Collection and ProQuest Military, and the books Military Culture and Education: Current … Continued