IU Northwest, Ivy Tech connect with community during cleanup and block party

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tierra Jackson at cleanup

Tierra Jackson, from IUN Office of Multicultural Affairs, participates in the 6th Annual Earth Day Cleanup. Photo by John Booz for the Sun-Times Media.

Students from IU Northwest and Ivy Tech connected with the Gary, Ind. community on Sat., Apr. 19, during the sixth annual Earth Day cleanup along 35th Avenue between IUN and Ivy Tech.  Students from Purdue University Calumet in Hammond also participated.  Members of the Brother 2 Brother student organization at IUN and the Ivy Tech groups Latino Male Initiative and African-American Male Initiative were among the participants as well as students from an IUN community development class taught by Dr. Earl Jones, associate professor of African-American Studies and Public and Environmental Affairs.

Jones organized the "community development meet and greet party" that took place after the cleanup.  University professors and students danced with the neighborhood residents.  Jones and organizers hope that the block party will become an annual event.  IUN and Ivy Tech are within walking distance of the neighborhood.  The "meet and greet" was a great way for IUN and Ivy Tech to show community members what's available to them at such close proximity.

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Christian Rogers singing at block party

IUN student Christian Rogers performs a song at the "meet and greet" party. Photo by John J. Watkins.