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Five Year Institute: Post-Institute Engagement Experiences


The JASPA Five Year Summer Institute will not be held as originally scheduled. If you have any questions, please contact the Post-Institute Engagement Experiences Chair, Charlene Brown-McKenzie at


General Information

Friday, July 24, 2020
$35 per person

Post-Institute Engagement Experiences are optional.


Engagement Experiences

Following the official closing of the Institute, we invite all participants to engage with local organizations who are committed to advancing social justice in diverse fields such as education, prison justice, support for marginalized communities, hunger, and homelessness.

The following six sites have been identified:

  • LGBTQ Community Issues and Support - Center on Halsted
    • As the Midwest's largest LGBTQ community center, Center on Halsted is dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the LGBTQ people of Chicagoland. Center on Halsted provides a vast array of programs and services from cooking classes, yoga, and volleyball games to job placement, HIV testing, and group therapy.
  • Environmental Racism and Community Organizing - Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
    • Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) is a grassroots community organization striving for a clean and just environment. LVEJO seeks to build a sustainable community that promotes the healthy development of youth and families and is committed to raising awareness about environmental justice in Little Village, Chicago, through education practices. Participants will go on LVEJO’s Toxic Tour to learn about its 20-year struggle to build a healthier community in Little Village.
  • Restorative Justice and Reconciliation - Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
    • The mission of Precious Blood Ministry is to restore human dignity through hospitality, hope, and healing to those impacted by violence and incarceration. Precious Blood Ministry serves youth, families, and community members that reside in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood who are affected by violence and the criminal justice system. Participants will learn about how Precious Blood Ministry uses restorative practices to address conflict and uplift communities.
  • Equity and Access in Education - Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School
    • Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School is a Catholic Jesuit secondary school using the Cristo Rey model to serve young men and women from the Austin neighborhood and surrounding communities of Chicago’s West Side which is predominantly African American. Christ the King opened in August 2008 with 120 freshmen. Participants will meet with recent alumni as well as their college and alumni support staff to have a dialogue around the experiences of Christ the King students in their transition to college and retention.
  • Food Insecurity - Lakeview Pantry
    • Lakeview Pantry is one of Chicago’s largest and longest-operating food pantries. The mission of Lakeview Pantry is to eliminate hunger and poverty in the community by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people, empowering our clients to gain independence through innovative social service programs, raising awareness of hunger and poverty, and working towards solutions to eliminate them. Participants will engage in a more traditional day of service experience in the food pantry, followed by more information on Lakeview Pantry's broad system of programs to address food insecurity.
  • Hunger and Homelessness - Inspiration Kitchens
    • Inspiration Kitchens believes in using food as a vehicle to change lives. Ever since a former Chicago Police officer named Lisa Nigro founded the parent organization Inspiration Corporation in 1989 by handing out sandwiches and coffee to homeless men and women from the back of a little red wagon, Inspiration Kitchens have been in the business of providing dignity, respect, and opportunity to Chicagoans who are too often left out in the cold. Inspiration Kitchens support men and women who are learning in our kitchens and building the foundations to overcome homelessness and poverty and build a better future.



Continental breakfast and boxed lunches will be provided for those participating in the Post-Institute Engagement Experiences.


Baggage Storage

For those participating in the Post-Institute Engagement Experiences on July 24, 9:00am-1:00pm, baggage storage will be provided after checking out of campus housing earlier that day.



If you would like to learn more about the Post-Institute Engagement Experiences, please contact the Post-Institute Engagement Experiences Chair, Charlene Brown-McKenzie at