The African-American Cultural Center partnered with The Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement as they hosted Chicago Public School students from the Global Citizenship Initiative schools today, Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
Civic Engagement Days at UIC is a program sponsored by the UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE). Director, Joseph Hoereth, PhD, along with his staff, will host Chicago Public School students
from the Global Citizenship Initiative schools on Tuesday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Workshops on how the legislative policy-making process works are held with high school students who travel to our campus for sessions featuring videos, guest speakers, mock policy-making, debates, and group presentations. For the past several years the IPCE has worked to empower and encourage young people to learn how to define a social problem, exam how the problem becomes an issue, and how an issue can become the basis for action and eventually the basis for a law.
This year, the IPCE invited several Centers from the UIC Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change to participate in Civic Engagement Days. The African-American Cultural Center hosted a workshop centered around our current “community curated” exhibit, Urbs in Horto (City in a Garden), The students, along with their chaperons, participated by looking at links between cultural diversity and environmental sustainability. Facilitators at the Center, Director, Dr. Lori Baptista; Assistant Director, Kay McCrimon, and Assistant Program Director, Brenda Pinkett-Little, engaged the students with interactive programming activities and discussions about migration within the African diaspora and how particular heritage practices change over time as a result of these migrations. Participants from CPS included over 60 students from Bogan, Fenger, and Infinity High Schools.