SAIC in North Lawndale

This subcommittee seeks to help deepen SAIC’s long-term collaboration in North Lawndale, ensuring the School’s impact in the neighborhood is beneficial, projects are well supported, and programming is widely understood throughout the campus community. This subcommittee will collaborate closely with the Office of Engagement, particularly those who work in North Lawndale. Outcomes could include new investments and increased understanding of work with partners in Homan Square and neighborhood residents.

Action Items

Reinvestment strategy - Research and audit of all activities to gain understanding of event and program needs and propose action items that seek for sustainable long-term partnerships in North Lawndale that emphasize worth to community, commitment from School, and awareness throughout campus and city.


  • Paul Coffey, vice provost and dean of community engagement
  • Leah Gipson, assistant professor, art therapy and counseling

ARC Members

  • Michelle Boone, member of the board of directors
  • Delinda Collier, interim dean of graduate studies
  • Dawn Gavin, dean of undergraduate studies
  • Zemaye Okedji, graduate student
  • Jaclyn Jacunski, director of civic engagement

Other Community Members

  • Danielle Andress, assistant professor, fiber and materials studies
  • Taykhoom Biviji, project manager
  • Apriel Campbell, assistant director of civic engagement
  • Tirtza Even, associate professor, film, video, new media, and animation
  • Eric Hotchkiss, assistant professor, adjunct, AIADO
  • Kamau Patton, assistant professor, visual and critical studies
  • Carrie Ruckel, manager of student media and training
  • Tristan d’Estree Sterk, associate professor, AIADO
  • Christine Tarkowski, professor, fiber and materials studies
  • Ife Williams, full-time visiting artist, arts administration and policy

Meeting Minutes