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Teaching a RISE course in the area of experiential learning provided an opportunity for me to provide real-world experiences for my students that they would not typically receive from an instructor-given project. Students received a greater sense of what it means to be a professional in the field beyond the skills of video production. Students gained greater skills in communication, adaptation, and civic mindedness as they worked with various clients and within a community center.

Christian Rogers | CGT 34600 Digital Video & Audio Production

The course was distinctive because it had measures of primary historical research, community engagement in oral historical interviews with former neighborhood residents, and coursework examining how contemporary America was profoundly segregated through a complex range of federal and local housing policies that continue to shape the city. The class material is about all of our neighbors from the recent past, some of whom are still alive and can share their experiences, and about seeing our own city in fresh ways. All of these original Black suburbs continue to be thriving communities today, and all have become integrated and are not usually recognized as once being African American spaces. The research methods we might turn on these folks in the recent past can be used to look at all of our relatives and neighbors, so ideally the RISE course provided students a reflective experience that helps them re-think the vast sections of our everyday city that we tend to simply ignore.

Paul Mullins | Heritage & African American Suburbia

I completed my RISE course as a freshman at IUPUI, and I truly believe it pushed me to grow as a student. Through this course, I learned more than just academic material; I learned transferable skills that I took into my sophomore and junior years and am still developing now. I encourage students to participate in RISE courses to add extra depth and experiences to their few years at IUPUI. A RISE course is so much more than a class and grade. It's an opportunity to engage with the community and learn about things that can't be taught in the classroom.

Jordan Williams

My RISE courses gave me many different unique opportunities. In my experiential learning class, I received hands-on, real-world projects that led me to my first internship. The projects not only gave me experience, but confidence and knowledge of what I was capable of. In my internship experiential learning course, I was exposed to vendors, professionals in numerous fields, and company culture. My international RISE portion allowed me to experience Poland and Eastern European culture firsthand. Abroad, I was able to interview dozens of locals and understand their stories, which expanded my communication skills and gave me an open mind that has allowed me to grow and understand more than I ever could have imagined.

Emily Radecki