Introduction to SPACE

Jon J. Schmidt, Loyola University Chicago, and Virginia M. Jagla, National Louis University

The editors of SPACE: Student Perspectives About Civic Engagement introduce the inaugural issue of the journal. Read More

Power, Housing, and the Powerhouse of Engaged Learning

Sarah C. Valoven, Loyola University Chicago

This paper navigates an engaged learning internship experience at a social justice organization during its effort to preserve affordable housing within their community. Read More

Serving Among LGBTQ Older Adults

Maria E. Escobar, Northeastern Illinois University

This paper examines an experience in a social work course focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) populations, where I had the opportunity to participate in a community service learning experience that changed my worldview on older LGBTQ individuals. Read More

Examining Relationship Between Food Deserts and Health

Rebecca L. Stack, Northeastern Illinois University

The purpose of this research is to examine the relationships that exist between food deserts, fruit and vegetable consumption and health on individuals. Read More

Summer in the City: Respect and Autonomy in the Urban Classroom

Matthew Brill, Illinois State University

This article is a reflection on my time as a STEP-UP fellow. In the course of the article I discuss what I believe I have learned about education from my time in this program. The lessons learned about urban education are valuable to any educator. Read More

Implementing the Sociocultural Theory While Teaching ESL

Michele S. Lee, Northeastern Illinois University

This article discusses a Service Learner’s experience and reflection while incorporating the Sociocultural Theory into teaching English as a Second Language to adult learners. Read More

The True Impact of Service Learning

Mackenzie Beisser, National Louis University

The author demonstrates, from firsthand experience, how much of an influence service-learning can have on the lives and personal world view of high school students and teachers. Read More

A Look Inside Community Technology Centers (CTCs): Understanding how CTCs create curriculum in the Chicagoland area

Gloria D. Mullons, National Louis University

This study identifies how CTCs select curriculum based on five categories when serving underserved populations. The purpose of study is to understand how CTCs currently serve communities in order to best identify how customized programs can alleviate barriers for individuals. Read More