Section 1

Public Engagement

The PSC has a long record of innovative and meaningful public engagement with diverse community partners. Over the last five decades, we have worked with organizations and community members to bring cutting edge services where they are most needed. Most of our public engagement initiatives involve UIUC students, faculty, and staff, allowing us to build education and service into our public engagement activities.

Examples of Current Public Engagement Activities:


Along with the efforts of many local leaders, agencies, and individuals, PSC staff and faculty helped Champaign County obtain a five year, $9 million dollar federal contract to create a "system of care" for youth and families with serious mental health concerns.

PSC faculty and students are now evaluating the work of this project.

To learn more about the project go to: http://access-initiative.org/


Our evidence-based Community Advocacy Project (CAP), supervised by Nicole Allen, Ph.D., is a strength based, client directed, empowerment program offeringindividualized advocacy services to women survivors of domestic violence (and their children).

The Girls Advocacy Program (GAP) follows the same evidence-based model and offers individualized advocacy services to girls at risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system. This program is co-sponsored by the Psychology Department and a grant from the Champaign County Mental Health Board.


Our Conflict Clinic faculty, Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D. offers conflict consultations and restorative justice workshops to local schools, organizations, and communities.

For more information, visit the Conflict Clinic page.

Examples of Past Public Engagement Activities:

  • Community garden in collaboration with local school
  • Low cost child-care center for adolescent mothers
  • Effective Black Parenting classes for local families in diverse locations, including local churches
  • Advocacy and Mentoring for individuals and families in their homes, and other community locations
  • Small business program for African-American entrepreneurs in collaboration with local business community
  • Diversity, Restorative Justice, and Cultural Competence Workshops in collaboration with Champaign County Mental Health Board, Champaign County Human Services Council, the Independent Media Center, and local religious organizations