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Students make a difference at the Illinois Capitol.

Volume 3 • Number 2 • Fall 2020

Illinois State Capital Building in Springfield, Illinois

Making their voices heard: Civically engaged students head to Capitol to lobby for ISU

Almost every day a new hashtag emerges to alert society of a cause.

Design Streak Studio Creative Director Archana Shekara (center) with studio members (left to right) Spencer Cadman '20, Hannah Piemonte '20, Kristina Furler '20, and Micah Vetter '20

Design Streak students help community nonprofits by offering free graphic art services

When Archana Shekara and Nancy Fewkes were trying to find The Refuge Food Forest, they kept driving around in circles.

Sophia Navarro is gaining important experience and fulfilling a critical need by using her Spanish-speaking skills at a local health clinic. (Editor's note: The photograph was taken before the coronavirus pandemic.)

Spanish-speaking nursing students serve patients at free clinic

Sophia Navarro was nervous. It was one of the first times she had to speak Spanish with a patient as part of her nursing clinical last fall at the Community Health Care Clinic (CHCC) in Normal.

Executive director of the Office of Advanced Technology Support for Faculty and an associate professor in the Department of Accounting Dr. Rosie Hauck smiles for a photo.

Campus hero: Dr. Rosie Hauck

Each issue, Redbird Impact magazine is highlighting an Illinois State faculty or staff member who exemplifies Illinois State’s core value of civic engagement. Our inaugural campus hero is Dr. Rosie Hauck, executive director of the Office of Advanced Technology Support for Faculty and an associate professor in the Department of Accounting.

Dr. Katy Strzepek, Ph.D. '18, Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, head shot

Spotlight: Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning plans for the future

With a new director, a new strategic plan, and a new designation from the Carnegie Foundation, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning has big plans for the future of civic engagement at Illinois State University.

Woman wearing a medical mask.

Public health during a pandemic

Last January, 20 Illinois State seniors headed into the field to serve as interns at hospitals, public health departments, clinics, and schools, just as a pandemic began spreading across the world.

Linda Foster speaks to large crowd

Still rising: Juneteenth celebration takes extra meaning in midst of civil unrest

Bloomington-Normal NAACP President and Illinois State alumna Linda Foster, M.S.W. ’16, has been at the forefront of local protests condemning police brutality that have arisen in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Memorial in downtown Bloomington

Leading a call: Recent grad creates memorial altar for women of color killed by law enforcement

In summer 2016, a group called Black Feminist Future began a movement across the country building altars in response to police killings of black women and girls.

Civic Engagement Ambassadors Program Meeting

CESL launches civic engagement ambassador program

The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning recently launched a new Civic Engagement Ambassadors Program, advancing the core value of civic engagement through department-level conversations and information sharing.