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  • COVID-19 Research at Bradley University

    Dear college students,

    Hello, my name is Henry Keller. I am currently attending Bradley University in Peoria Illinois as an undergraduate Social Work major. I am hopeful that you may assist in my independent research. Under the guidance of my sponsor and Co-PI, Dr. Patricia Saleeby, I am exploring mental health needs of undergraduate students during COVID-19 pandemic and remote learning through an anonymous online survey. This study has received IRB approval from Bradley University. I am requesting that you complete the survey using the link below if you are a college student and 18 or older. Your participation is voluntary but there is no compensation for completing this survey. Your participation will help universities across the country better adapt to the current situation of remote learning and provide a better college experience for future semesters. If you have any questions, please contact me or Dr. Saleeby. Please click the link below to access the survey and the full informed consent.

    Thank you very much for your time,

    Henry Keller
    Bradley University

  • Join the Community Learning Lab Team!

    Dear BSW and MSW students,

    The CLL is hiring! If you are interested in working in a position that gives you the opportunity to learn more about local community partners while helping to meet the needs of the community, please consider applying to this part-time position. Send application materials to Deadline is Friday, December 11.

    Thank you!


  • Seeking Applicants for Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors Program

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is looking for motivated and personable first- and second-year undergraduates who are excited to introduce and support peers through the Illinois research experience. If you have participated in a research project, be it through coursework, assisting faculty, research staff, or graduate students, or conducting a project of your own, you can become an Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassador and help other students along their research journeys.  Ideal candidates should demonstrate at least one semester (or 1 full summer semester) of engagement in research/creative inquiry and exhibit excellent communication skills. Such candidates should be reliable, organized, personable, and respectful.

     How do you know if you have research experience? You probably have experience if you have:  

    Conducted research as part of laboratory or team Participated in a research-based course (e.g., research methods)  Participated in a research program (e.g., URAP, IPRH Bio-Humanities, Ethnography of the University Initiative)  Are currently pursuing a thesis, capstone project, or independent study  Under the supervision of a graduate student, faculty, or research staff member:   Conducted lab work Conducted literature reviews  Conducted textual analysis of different literature  Analyzed primary sources   Conducted interviews, surveys, focus groups  Wrote or produced a story based on some of the previous steps   

    Apply now!

    If you are interested but unsure that you have research/creative inquiry experience, reach out to us! The actual practice of research/creative inquiry varies across disciplines. We can help you figure it out if the IURA Program is right for you!

    Link to application: deadline to apply is December 20, 2020 at 11:59pm.

  • Writers Workshop Upcoming Events

    As we head into the last few weeks of the semester and final paper season, the Writers Workshop will offer several activities to support students.

    We have upcoming interactive presentations that may benefit students as they prepare their final course projects and professional materials. Students can learn about "Avoiding  Plagiarism," gain "Revision Strategies for Structure and Argument," or learn how to "Write an Effective Literature Review." All events are held via Zoom. Please visit our calendar to register in advance and learn about more upcoming events. 

  • New Drop Deadline and Credit/No-Credit Deadlines

    There are two new academic deadlines that I want to share with you.

    First, the deadline to drop a course is now, Friday, December 18th. If you want to drop a course (you will have a "W" on your transcript, you can do so until the 18th.

    The Credit/No-Credit Deadline is now January 5th. There will be a different form to utilize for this option, though it has not been created by the Registrar's Office yet. You can elect credit/no-credit for major (now CSWE approved!), minor, or general education credit, though you will still need to earn a C- or higher to earn this credit. 

  • The College Tour TV Series

    We are excited to announce that UIUC is partnering with the producers of Survivor to create an episode of their new TV series for Amazon Prime: The College Tour. We’re looking for undergraduate students to share their stories and showcase the Power of I to a national audience. Are you someone with an outgoing personality who enjoys being in front of a camera? Do you have an inspiring story to share about your time at UIUC? If so, apply (deadline: December 7)

  • Entrepreneurship Minor Survey

    Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) and Gies College of Business are developing an entrepreneurship minor to broaden the definition of entrepreneurship and particularly serve the needs of students outside of engineering and business. It is therefore extremely important to us that we understand the needs and wants of Social Work students, to create an offering for you. Please take only 7 minutes to fill out this short survey and enter a lottery to win up to $100 in Amazon gift cards: Thank you in advance – your perspectives are essential to create a lasting program. Contact: Aman Khinvasara,

  • Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre

    Spring 2021 Courses 

    Intro to Social Issues Theatre (Theatre/Gender and Women’s Studies 218) 

    3 credit hours Meets Mondays & Wednesdays 1-2:50 p.m. Hybrid/Allen Hall Room 40 

    An introductory exploration/survey of the rich histories, theories, and practices of community-based and social issues theatre. Lively connection of social issues in today’s world through discussion, participation, lecture, and performance! 

    Devising Social Issues Theatre (Theatre/Gender and Women’s Studies 418) 

    3 credit hours undergrad/1unit graduate Meets Mondays & Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Hybrid/Armory Free Theatre (Armory 160) 

    Focus on writing and devising theatre explicitly concerned with social issues in the context of community. Works created in this course often go on to be performed by the ensemble. 

    Leading Post-Performance Dialog (Theatre/Gender and Women’s Studies 417) 

    4 credit hours undergraduate/1 unit graduate Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5:50 p.m. with additional times scheduled for fieldwork. 

    Arts engagement exploration and the dramaturge in social issues theatre. Includes hands-on experience of animateur (facilitation) work with INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre. Great class for those who want to use theatre in their work (social workers, educators, and other community-focused practitioners). 

    INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre Ensemble (Theatre 400M) 

    2 credit hours Rehearses Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 5-7 p.m. Hybrid/Armory Free Theatre (Armory 160) 

    The focus of the ensemble is public performances. Open to all students. While past experience is useful, it is not necessary. Students may choose to receive credit for their participation in the ensemble. 

    INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre takes on subject matter that is timely and sometimes difficult to address. This requires a willingness to be open-minded and curious about social issues and social justice. Past topics have included sexual assault, socioeconomic status, gender identity and transphobia, racism, and suicide. INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre instructors are practitioners in their fields.

    For questions, please contact Lisa Fay at or 217-244-0212. 

  • BSWA Events and NASW Information Session

    If you've missed any of our BSW events over the past few weeks, we have recorded them and you can watch them. 

    BSW Alumni Panel:
    BSW Job Fair:
    NASW Informational Session:

    On November 30th we'll have an event: 

    Adapting To Online Learning, 11/30/20, 12-1 PM
    Join Zoom Meeting:
    Meeting ID: 892 0122 1967
    Password: 526084

    If you attended the BSW Alumni Panel and/or the Job Fair, please provide us with feedback using the following link

  • Colors of Faith Spring Recruitment

    If you are interested in diversity and inclusion, dancing for fun, and learning about other faiths, then we hope to have you on Colors of Faith!

    Colors of Faith is an interfaith dance team that aims to celebrate religious diversity, and to promote unity and mutual understanding through our art. We dance to devotional and cultural songs of various religions, and having danced to Jewish, Sikh, Christian, and Hindu songs in the past hope to continue our celebration of these faiths as well as expand. Students and community members of all identities are welcome. No prior dance experience is required to join.

    If this resonates with you or others in your community, please distribute and fill out this interest form: We will keep you updated on the dates of our clinics and auditions (likely in January/February 2021) and are looking forward to collaborating with you!