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February 06, 2012

Listening to Communities Project to Hear from Agencies who Help the Homeless

Key Info

  • Listening to Communities forum
  • Wed., February, 22, 8:30 a.m., IPFW Alumni Center
  • Not open to the public
  • Media invited to attend project designing session from 9:15 to 10:15 .m.
  • Program funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. through Indiana Campus Compact

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—A wide range of community members who are affiliated with agencies who help the homeless in Fort Wayne, and representatives of Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will meet for a special forum, “Listening to Communities,” Wednesday, February 22, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Alumni Center.

Campus representatives will listen to forum participants discuss how higher education in general, and IPFW in particular, can fulfill its goal of engaging today’s youth in an active, community-oriented life and how higher education and communities can work together to strengthen public life. 

Rachel L. Rayburn, assistant professor of public policy at IPFW, is leading the meeting. She says the forum “can provide a valuable insight as to what role IPFW should be playing in this community, what we are dong well, and what we could be doing better.” The forum is sponsored by the Indiana Campus Compact, a consortium of 42 Indiana college and university campuses committed to community service, service learning, and service engagement for the public good. The Compact’s funding for the Listening to Communities program comes from the Lilly Endowment Inc. Rayburn says she will compile a final report on the information gathered at the forum and will forward it to the Compact.

The forum is by invitation only; however, members of the media are invited to observe and record the group from about 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. as it works on designing a project.

The Alumni Center is located on California Road, just east of the Holiday Inn at IPFW on Paul Shaffer Drive.

For more information on the forum, contact Rayburn at 260-481-6532 or