Working with the Whitely Community to Identify Needs and Resources of Men who are Reentering the Community After Periods of Incarceration

Student Team: Tyler Albertson, Caitey Bowen, Evan Dewael, Autumn Evans, Shamyra Fitzpatrick, Alijah Forbes, Parker Hatfield, Taylor Heiser, Andrea Henderson, Jessica Jemison, Amanda Johnson, Heather Jones, Elizabeth Kerns, Aaron Lamey, Mary Lowry, Nathan Ogle, Kendra Quill, Victoria Scaggs, Lisa Sellers, Tyler Sharp, Lianna Shepard, Erin Silha, Lane Smith, Harley Steele, Blake Thomas, Keliah Washington, and Kaitlynn Whitaker

In this immersive project, students identified obstacles men face as they work to reenter the community after periods of incarceration. They conducted interviews to gain a better understanding of the obstacles the group faced and identified resources currently in place to support these men and help them overcome obstacles. A booklet was created listing various resources and outlining the types of support that can be used by the community.

Faculty MentorKeisha Warren-Gordon, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Community Partner: Whitely Community Council


Teen Dating Violence

Student Team: Petyon Adamiec, Mike Burns, Matthew Curtner, Chrislynn Degraffenreid, Rachael Dunn, MakaylaGrayson, Tika Harlan, Alyssa Hewson, Amanda Johnson, Liv Kennett, Alexis Knight, Hannah Leach, Keyairra Mcdonald, Jordan Otero, Casey Radz, Riley Ridenour, Ruth Schultz, Mackenzie Staver, Savannah Urban, Emily Walls

Teen dating violence is estimated to occur in one of every ten dating relationships. Nearly 1.5 million U.S. high school students are physically abused by their partners each year. The dynamics of adolescent abuse, neglect, and battery has mostly gone unnoticed. A study of 10th graders showed that 35% had been either physically or verbally abused; and 31% were perpetrators of that abuse. Given the prevalence of dating violence, communities must work together to ensure that victims have access to resources and increased legal protection. Social workers understand the needs of adolescents and their families. Their role is to support teenage victims while advocating for legal, medical, scholar, and family support. The students who participated in this immersive learning experience worked with Muncie’s A Better Way domestic violence shelter, to gain in-depth knowledge of the concerns of teenage victims facing dating violence. Students also gained a new understanding of how local agencies collaborate to provide services for the victims of teen dating violence.

Faculty Mentor: Ron Dolon, Department of Social Work

Community Partner: A Better Way

Geospatial Design Laboratory

Student Team: Jarrett Braden, Bailey Brooks, William Cape, Nathan Gagnon, Becca Garrett, Jacob Haas, Zach Hagemeier, Elante Ingram, Jamie Johnson, Aaron Jones, Connor Kurtz, Joseph Lopilato, Benjamin Lutz, Riley McCreary, Ben Meyer, Patrick Ollier, Rachel Pereira, Nathan Santichen, Kelby Smith, Letia Snorden, Jonathan Strang, Jordan Verdeyen, Maggie Warren, Andy Wilson, Erick Wilson, Jordan Wolfe, Clay Zeigler


Geospatial data - data that is associated with a particular location - is an increasingly valuable asset for managing, analyzing, and displaying information related to geographic areas. Students partnered with organizations such as the Delaware County Food Council and Cardinal Weather Service to collaborate on intensive, hands-on projects that resulted in maps, charts, data, and other tools that would benefit the partners. Students identified the project objectives and acquired and prepared geospatial data for analysis. They communicated with community partners to assess progress on the project and produced high-quality products. During the project, students partnered with the Delaware County Food Council, used maps and graphics to tell an engaging story about food access, and designed a digital survey that collected local input as to where residents shop for food and how they perceive food access in the county.



Faculty Mentor: Adam Berland, Department of Geography 

Community Partners: Delaware County Food Council, Cardinal Weather Service