As we transition from 2020 to 2021, we hope this update finds each of you as well as you can be. Your efforts guide and support your communities, and that good work ripples out and reaches us here.

We are actively recruiting host organizations for our Fellows, and we are grateful for your help in spreading the word.

THANK YOU for all you are doing and your ongoing connection with the Stevenson Center. We send our very best wishes. Please continue to keep in touch.

Frank Beck, Beverly Beyer, Dawn DuBois, and Katie Hake
Stevenson Center for Community & Economic Development
Illinois State University

Campus Box 4200
Normal, ILĀ  61790-4200

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Students become Stevenson Center Fellows because they value service: they want their graduate education to benefit others as much as themselves. Under the guidance of sociology professor Dr. Frank Beck, Fellows worked in two groups in 2020 to assist the School Street Food Pantry and Autism McLean.

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Edu-Futuro, an organization dedicated to empowering immigrant and underserved youth in and around Washington, D.C., is hosting its first Stevenson Center Fellow.

A conceptual sketch of ISU's new makerspace that will be part of the Illinois Innovation Network.

Illinois State is moving forward with its new Innovation Hub with the help of a dedicated team, including a Stevenson Center Fellow. Each year Fellows help a range of organizations in meeting their development goals.


While managing four graduate classes and assistantships, first-year Stevenson Center Fellows still find time for additional learning opportunities. This fall, several fellows served as moderators for the annual Housing Matters! Conference organized by Housing Action Illinois.

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The Stevenson Center’s interdisciplinary, applied curriculum informs the work Michael Hotard ’09 does today as senior program manager at the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab.

Peace Corps Fellow and AmeriCorps Member Kendra Shaw

AmeriCorps draws 75,000 people each year in the name of strengthening U.S. communities. One of those AmeriCorps members is Kendra Shaw, a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who is completing her master’s degree in political science through the Stevenson Center.

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The Stevenson Center attracts bright and accomplished graduate students to its Fellows programs and undergraduate students to Peace Corps Prep. This academic year brought recognition of students’ success, on campus and off campus.