Donald Braid, Ph.D., Director
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
"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.
" 'Doing Good Physics': Narrative and Innovation in
Research." Journal of Folklore Research, 43:2 (2006):
"The Devil is in the Details: Defining Civil Engagement." With
Margaret Brabant. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and
Engagement, 13 (2009), 59-87.
Elizabeth 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 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
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 2014-15 students
Hannah Bagoly, Advocate for Community Engagement
-- Kaleidoscope Youth Center
Hannah is a sophomore
marketing major from Greenwood, IN. Hannah loves all the volunteer
opportunities that Butler offers and enjoyed her service learning
at KYC and getting to know so many new friends there. In addition
to working with the CCC, she works as a Butler Student Ambassador
and is a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service
fraternity. Hannah's goal is to one day own her own business.
In her spare time, Hannah enjoys reading, making memories with her
friends, baking, shopping, and exploring Indiana and the
Madison Chartier, Staff Writer
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.
Audrey Gleason, Advocate for Community Engagement
-- Kaleidoscope Youth Center
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.
Kelly Jay, Advocate for Community Engagement -- A
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
Ian Katz, Advocate for Community Engagement --
Earth Charter Indiana, Garden on the Go, KI
Ian is a
senior psychology major with a minor in marketing. He plans
to seek a graduate degree in industrial organizational psychology.
In his first semester as an ACE, he is working with Dr.
Alison O'Malley's Humans & The Natural Environment class.
He coordinates service experiences with Earth Charter
Indiana, Garden on The Go, and KI Ecocenter. While enrolled
in the class, he developed a close relationship with KI and is
excited to continue that relationship. Outside of being an
ACE, Ian serves as President of College Mentors for Kids.
Advocate for Community Engagement -- Immigrant
Rachel 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.
Faith 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
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.