School of Public and Environmental Affairs

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Community Engagement Projects

Dr. Atta Ceesay
During the fall of 2011, Dr. Ceesay oversaw a service learning project for students registered for the "Management in the Nonprofit Course". The project title "GrowNWI - Community Garden Challenge", seeks to create a common voice within the region to promote Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens. Furthermore, it aims to challenge community, business and civic leaders to lay the foundation for the growth of sustainable community gardens in every South Shore Municipality. The class designed and administered a survey to find out who the community gardeners are in the Northwest Indiana Region. Furthermore, the study tries to identify what is being produced, where is it going, skills, challenges, and needs. A report was generated at the end of the semester, which included literature review around community gardening, findings of the study, and recommendations to the organization.

Dr. Joe Ferrandino
Community service: I analyze data and map information for the Gary Police Department (and this will become a part of the J439 capstone course in Fall 2012), and will soon do the same for the Gary Fire Department in conjunction with the V500 and V506 courses starting in Fall 2012. I have also taught responsible fatherhood courses at Westville Correctional Facility and Camp Summit Boot Camp.

Dr.Samuel Flint
Since 2004 Professor Flint has provided expert witness testimony in federal court in 10 cases in three states (Illinois, Oklahoma, and Florida). He has served as a plaintiffs'witness, providing original research, on behalf of child Medicaid beneficiaries and safety-net medical providers. The lawsuits encompass two principal areas:(1) the rights of Medicaid-enrolled children to access health care services in a manner that is equal to privately-insured children; and (2) the rights of severely disabled children under the Americans with Disabilities Act to receive Medicaid services after they have turned 21 and "aged out" ofeligibility for enriched child health benefits.

Several of these cases received national recognition and for all cases but one which has not been completed, the plaintiffs received a favorable ruling.

Dr. Barbara Peat
SPEA in Our Community: Member of Advisory Board for Northern Indiana Department of Corrections.

Dr. Monica Solinas-Saunders
Since I joined the IUN family I have been involved in two major Community Engagement Projects:

  1. The Reentry of Ex –Offenders for Northwest Indiana project that includes a number of reentry programs (such as Community Corrections, Exodus Group, Positive Impact, etc) to improve the odds that ex-offenders become integrated in our society and find opportunities to conduct healthy and productive lives.
  2. The Juvenile Detention Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative (JDAI) with the Lake County Juvenile Justice Center; I offer data assistance to ensure that we provide consistent and reliable data to the National Project on the assessment of the US Juvenile Justice System led and conducted by the Anne E. Casey Foundation.

Dr. Susan Zinner
Member, Insitutional Review Board, Community Hospital, Munster, IN (review research projects involving patients before physicians are allowed to proceed)
Member, Bioethics Committee, Community Hospital, Munster, IN (review ethical issues at the hospital affecting patients, families or employees, create policies, etc.)
Member, Park Forest Department of Health, Park Forest, IL (serve on board of community health clinics, implement policies, plans to meet health needs of the community)

Richard Underkofler
President and Board Member of the Highland Community Foundation