Public Engagement Colloquium

The Office of Public Engagement invites you to attend the Public Engagement Colloquium, a series that takes place during fall and spring semester and promotes sharing of best practices in public engagement among members of the Urbana-Champaign campus community and external partners. Presenters are invited based on demonstration of exceptional success in developing and delivering public engagement programming that creates new knowledge, contributes to solving critical societal issues, furthers the teaching and research mission of the campus, and strengthens our ties with external partners.

Limited seating available. Lunch provided to attendees.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Illini Union, Room B

St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy – STEM Outreach
Presenter: Jerrod Antwone Henderson, Lecturer, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy was developed to expose underrepresented fourth and fifth grade boys to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics using an innovative approach. First, participants are engaged in hands-on STEM experiments and encouraged to learn through inquiry. Next, participants learn about STEM pioneers and inventors through weekly videos and exploration activities. They also interact with underrepresented University of Illinois graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff to complete experiments. Lastly, fathers, male relatives, or mentors attend a session and conduct experiments alongside participants.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Champaign Unit 4 School District

Wednesday, March 09, 2016, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Illini Union, Room B

Illinois Health and Nutrition – Building Healthy Communities
Presenter: Miri Kim & Isabel Ivanova Neacato, Medical students, College of Medicine

Illinois Health and Nutrition (IHN) was started by a few medical students who wanted to reach out and help their surrounding community. IHN promotes education and encourages healthy lifestyles in individuals who may not have the resources available or the knowledge base to start making changes in their lives. For the past two years, IHN has helped to support an annual health fair, Campana de Salud that focuses on providing free health care screenings and educational resources for the Spanish speaking community, the underinsured, and low income populations of Urbana-Champaign.

IHN has also participated at the monthly HeRMES health clinics to provide nutrition information and activities for parents and their families. Additionally this year, IHN started a program to promote active lifestyles by sponsoring bariatric patients to participate in their first 5K race this year for the Illinois Marathon.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Presence Covenant Medical Center interpreter services and Community Resource Center, MI RAZA Community Center of Arcola, Vocational Rehabilitation Management, INC, DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Thursday, April 21, 2016, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Illini Union, Room B

Word Transformers – An After School Literacy Program
Presenter: Patricia Davis Cetin, Clinical Instructor, Department of Speech and Hearing Science

The Word Transformers project connects literacy experts in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science to students and teachers in the Champaign community. The project expanded after-school programming to reach children who will benefit from focused instruction to support academic progress. Graduate students in the speech-language pathology masters program gain valuable service learning experience by applying intervention strategies to develop skills that are the building blocks of reading fluency. A hallmark of the program is engaging 3rd grade students in active learning and hands-on tasks that accommodate different learning styles and abilities. In addition to the short term educational impact, an important long term impact is preparing graduate students to be advocates for effective literacy instruction when they enter professional practice.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Garden Hills Elementary School, Champaign, Illinois


The Office of Public Engagement hosts several events each year to highlight the exciting public engagement activities happening on campus and in the community. For more information on these events, visit the individual pages or contact or 217-333-9525.