Center for Citizenship and Community

Critical Listening and Community Engagement


ACP2As one model for Indianapolis Community Requirement courses, the CCC has developed a series of ethnographic research projects wherein Butler students interview individuals from diverse Indianapolis communities. In one project, students interview grandparents in the Martin Luther King Community Center's kinship care program about the joys and struggles associated with taking primary responsibility for raising grandchildren. In another project, students record personal experience stories and histories from members of the Nur-Allah Islamic Center. In yet another project, students document the life stories of "Natural Helpers" associated with the Immigrant Welcome Center. These projects are all part of the CCC's Critical Listening initiative that creates face-to-face opportunities within Butler's academic curriculum wherein Butler students can engage with the stories and lives of individuals beyond the Butler campus and thereby learn and improve critical listening skills-skills that we believe are essential to civic mindedness and citizenship.