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North St. Louis Symposium

Monday, 03 April, 2017

The Fourth Annual North St. Louis Symposium will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 3, at Il Monastero.

Purpose of the symposium:
Faculty, staff and students from across the University campus are invited to gather and share their actual or proposed work in North St. Louis. This symposium aims to continue the momentum for work in North St. Louis that was developed during the spring 2013 ATLAS Week. The objectives of the symposium are to:

  • Highlight projects, service or research conducted in North St. Louis through poster presentations on topics such as education, incarceration, health, etc.
  • Encourage collaboration among faculty, students, staff and community members on current or future projects, service and research in North St. Louis
  • Introduce current community partners to the University family and the work that is being done with North St. Louis in order to increase and strengthen partnerships with the community.

Background on the North St. Louis Initiative:
With its urban location, Jesuit tradition, mission, commitment to social justice and history of service to the underserved, Saint Louis University is in many ways uniquely positioned to address social, economic, education and health disparities that exist in North St. Louis. Several faculty, staff and students currently partner with community organizations on a number of program, service and research activities. However, despite significant investment on the part of the University, community engagement and partnership is too often fragmented, uncoordinated and unfocused. Coordinating these activities through a community-focused SLU initiative could help crystallize these efforts, providing a home for enhanced service-learning activities and a base upon which to build future research.

Principles of the North St. Louis Initiative:

  • Members of the community regularly request that SLU work with them.
  • Partnerships between SLU faculty, staff and students are key to the initiative.
  • Activities include education, service and research that are consistent with the Jesuit mission.
  • SLU will have a physical presence in the North Saint Louis community.

A call for abstracts will be sent in the beginning of the spring 2017 semester.

For more information contact Darcy Scharff, 977-4009,

Co-Sponsored by:
Center for Service and Community Engagement
Office of Diversity and Community Engagement
Office for Mission and Identity
Office of Research Development and Services
College for Public Health and Social Justice
Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
SLU Chapter Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society