Center for Citizenship and Community



Donald Braid, Ph.D., Director

Donald picDonald Braid teaches folklore, English, and anthropology at Butler University. He received his doctorate in folklore from Indiana University in 1996 and his B.S. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1978. His research interests include traditional arts, narrative theory, and performance, especially as they intersect issues of worldview, cultural identity, meaning, and belief. Since 1985, he has conducted ethnographic research with the Travelling People of Scotland, focusing primarily on Traveller storytelling and ballad singing traditions. He has also worked with Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, Asian Indian immigrants in Indianapolis, and the Latino community in Clinton County Indiana. Since 2001, he has used the service-learning pedagogy to engage students in a wide range of general education and disciplinary courses. His publications include:

"Personal Narrative and Experiential Meaning." Journal of American Folklore 109:431 (1996): 5-30.

"The Ethnography of Performance in the Study of Oral Tradition." With Richard Bauman. In Teaching Oral Traditions. Ed. John Miles Foley. New York: Modern Language Association, 1998. 106-22.

" 'Did it happen or did it not?': Dream Stories, Worldview, and Narrative Knowing." Text and Performance Quarterly 18 (1998): 319-43.

Scottish Traveller Tales: Lives Shaped through Stories. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. 2002.

" 'Doing Good Physics': Narrative and Innovation in Research." Journal of Folklore Research, 43:2 (2006): 149-73.

"The Devil is in the Details: Defining Civil Engagement." With Margaret Brabant. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 13 (2009), 59-87.


Elizabeth Krajeck, Consultant

Elizabeth KrajeckElizabeth is self-employed as a writer, editor and consultant to the Center for Citizenship and Community. Krajeck has 20 years experience with the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the area of community and economic development, supportive housing and other programs for people with disabilities. She is certified by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Specialist. As a community activist, she participated in the building of the Writers' Center of Indiana, Partners in Housing Development Corporation, and the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention. She is the recipient of a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the author of two chapbooks of poetry. Her work is focused on the impact of politics on day-to-day activities which occur in the space of one's home, neighborhood and imagination.


Liz Thompson, AmeriCorps

Liz ThompsonLiz is a member of the Immigrant and Refugee Service Corps (IRSC) serving at Butler's CCC. The IRSC is an AmeriCorps program dedicated to helping the immigrant and refugee population by accessing existing resources and advocating for their needs. Liz is a native of Indianapolis and graduated from Oberlin College in 2010. After graduation, she moved to France to work as an au pair. Upon her return, she interned at Exodus Refugee Immigration in Indianapolis. Through this AmeriCorps experience, she hopes to engage Butler students in immigrant and refugee services.


Student Workers

Every academic year the Center for Citizenship and Community looks for exceptional students to support the Center with current initiatives and partnerships. Get to know our 2013-14 students below.


Caitlyn Carmony, Advocate for Community Engagement (various sites)

Carcony, CaitlynCaitlyn is a senior philosophy and psychology major with a minor in classical studies from Nineveh, IN. She plans to one day become a licensed clinical social worker in order to serve children and families in her community. This is the third semester Caitlyn has worked as an ACE with Dr. Alison O'Malley's Humans & The Natural Environment class. She coordinates their service learning at three separate sites: Reconnecting to Our Waterways, Garden on the Go, and KI Ecocenter.  Outside of her work with the CCC, Caitlyn enjoys being a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and in her free time she likes to read, paint, cook, and spend time with friends. 


Madison Chartier, Staff Writer

Madison Chartier Madison is a creative writing and French major.  While aspiring to be a novelist and a poet, she works with the Butler English Department as an office and research assistant.  She now works with the Center for Citizenship and Community as a staff writer after an inspiring experience engaging with the Muslim community at the Nur-Allah Islamic Center.  She often can be found at her favorite haunt in Starbucks, either working, studying, reading, or writing.  After Butler, she plans to attend graduate school, hoping to study in either England or France.


Stephen Cornelius, Advocate for Community Engagement -- Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Stephen Cornelius Stephen is a senior political science major from Bargersville, Indiana. Next year, he will be attending Northwestern University School of Law on a public interest track. Stephen was motivated to help make a difference in his peers' lives after a positive service-learning experience his sophomore year and this will be his second year serving Butler's students as an ACE. He is particularly interested in providing students the opportunity to achieve a sense of active purpose within and personal belonging to their community. In addition to working with the CCC, Stephen works with the Butler science library, tutors students in grammar and writing styles, and is an active member within his fraternity and honor society. In his free time, Stephen enjoys movies, reading, and writing.


Emily Ellsworth, Advocate for Community Engagement -- A Caring Place

Emily EllsworthFrom Rockford, Illinois, Emily serves as an Advocate for Community Engagement at A Caring Place. Emily is a third year pharmacy student at Butler and she has one brother who attends Bradley University as a chemistry major. When Emily is not studying, some of her favorite activities revolve around swimming, cooking, watching movies, and serving at A Caring Place.



Audrey Gleason, Advocate for Community Engagement -- Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Audrey Gleason Audrey is a junior in her first year of physician-assisting school from Dayton, Ohio.  She became an ACE after having a great experience volunteering at the Kaleidoscope Youth Center.  Audrey continually strives to help her fellow Butler students create enriching experiences at the Center.  She loves spending her spare time as a young life leader, writing letters, adventuring with friends, and reading. 


Sandra Guirguis, Advocate for Community Engagement -- Center for Interfaith Cooperation & Nur Allah

Sandra Guirguis Sandra is a senior communication sciences and disorders/spanish major. She hopes to open a bilingual speech pathology clinic after graduate school. She lives  in the heart of Indianapolis, IN and loves volunteering and helping out in the community. Sandra recently returned from a semester abroad in Alcalá de Henares, Spain and misses it very much. She took a service learning class her sophomore year where she was able to work with refugees, as well as attend a few Friday prayers at Nur-Allah. In her free time, Sandra loves to travel abroad, shop, talk, scrapbook, bake goodies, and spend time with her puppy, Gucci.


Emma Jay, Advocate for Community Engagement -- Immigrant Welcome Center & MSDWT

Jay, Emma Emma is a senior double major in political science and international studies from Plainfield, Indiana. She first started volunteering at the Immigrant Welcome Center  and enjoyed the new perspectives she gained from working with people from many different backgrounds. After getting involved in the butler community and Delta Gamma, she continues her work as an ACE at ISBVI and the Immigrant Welcome Center. This will be her third year working with the CCC, and she is looking forward to furthering Butler students' involvement in the Indianapolis community. In her free time, she enjoys teaching swimming lessons.


Kelly Jay, Advocate for Community Engagement -- A Caring Place

Jay, KellyKelly is a Junior Biology major with a Health Care Management minor and plans to attend Physical Therapy school after graduation. Kelly started attending A Caring Place last year during a service learning course and realized the importance of forming relationships with the elderly. She hopes to show others how much these relationships can change enrich their lives. Kelly is currently the President of Alpha Phi, and volunteers at St. Vincent Hospital. She loves to spend time with family and friends, and will be travelling to Guatemala with Timmy Global Health this spring.


Mandy Lynch, Research Assistant

Mandy Thomlinson

Mandy is a senior science, technology, and society major with minors in management information systems and healthcare management.  She is from Brazil, Indiana and recently got married.  After having a wonderful experience with her own ICR course, Mandy decided she wanted to do more by becoming an ACE and help others have a great experience as well.  Now, she works in the Center's office assisting with various projects and facilitating day to day operations.  In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, reading, watching Netflix, and spending time with her husband. 


Rachel O'Heran, Advocate for Community Engagement -- Immigrant Welcome Center

Rachel O'HeranRachel is a junior international studies major from Hillsdale, Michigan. She first started volunteering with the Washington Township school district last semester while doing service learning for a course. She enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to step outside of her comfort zone by working with children. Rachel is excited to share her experience and her love for service learning this upcoming semester, as a second year ACE. Rachel is also a member of the international studies club and of Alpha Phi.


Oliver, FaithFaith Oliver, Advocate for Community Engagement -- A Caring Place

Faith Oliver is a sophomore majoring in Criminology and minoring in Spanish from Avon, IN.  For her ICR class, Making a Difference in the World, she had the opportunity to do her service-learning at A Caring Place and enjoyed the time she spent there.  It was a positive experience that reminded her of the importance of community and as an Advocate for Community Engagement she hopes to teach others the same and to help them realize all of the possibilities and opportunities that come from service-learning.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, and being outdoors.  


Schaible, LukeLuke Schaible, Advocate for Community Engagement -- Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Luke is a freshman double major in accounting and management information systems from Findlay, Ohio. Last year, he graduated from Findlay High School, where he was involved in varsity tennis and the National Honor Society. Luke wanted to get involved and make a difference in his peers' lives after his service learning experience at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Specifically, he is interested in creating an environment in which Butler and ISBVI students can connect through service learning. Luke is also involved with Club Tennis, his fraternity, and honor fraternity. In his free time, Luke enjoys spending time with his friends and family. 

Mick WangAdvocate for Community Engagement -- Martin Luther King Community Center: Second Time Around Program and Community Ethnography

Mick Wang

Mick is a senior International Studies major from Rancho Palos Verdes, California.  New this year to the CCC, he is looking forward to working with the grandparents of the MLKCC.  Working in Community Ethnography, Mick desires to bring about a new awareness and relationship between Butler University students and the immediate neighborhoods surrounding the campus. Besides enjoying his time in school, Mick loves the company of his friends and family as well as the beauty of the midwest and its people.