At IUPUI, every single school is invested in community-engaged research and service learning. Annually, we catalog more 300,000 community service hours and fund more than 80 service learning assistants to leverage faculty expertise.
Sociologist Tamara Leech used to consider herself a ‘big data, quantitative researcher.’ But in her area of expertise, the social determinants of health behaviors among Black urban adolescents, she realized she could get much more from data sets when they are combined with community-based participatory research (CBPR).
For decades, IUPUI faculty, students and staff have worked with Near West Indianapolis neighborhoods just across the White River from campus; collaborating with schools, nonprofits, companies and residents to identity and address areas of most concern.
When Sara Hindi learned about the IUPUI Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholarship from a friend, she didn’t anticipate how it would expand her perspectives and enhance her desire to address serious issues confronting her community.