by Shana Riddick / Jun 28, 2016
During the 2016 spring semester, 13 UIUC students, enrolled in EPS 199: Community Engagement, participated in a university-community engagement initiative that resulted in the production of a dynamic website. The website shares their experiences volunteering in our local communities and how those experiences are shaping their growing identities as future educators and practitioners. In addition to chronicling their own journeys, the students also hoped that the website could serve an additional purpose, namely as a resource for university students interested in volunteering with local community organizations and/or learning more about trends and topics impacting the nation's public schools.
The students enrolled in EPS 199 worked very hard to construct this website. The process began with brainstorming website pages. It then turned to determining data sources and collecting all of the information presented on the website (which included interviewing CoE faculty and current educators in the field). Finally, it concluded with rounds of editing. With the guiding hand of their course instructor, they produced a resource that will hopefully be of value to collectives outside of this class.