Director's Note

Welcome to the start of another new school year at CURL!

While the CURL calendar and rhythm don’t completely follow the academic calendar, we can’t help but be swept up in the energy and excitement brought by the return of students and the start of a new academic year. And we bring our own sense of excitement and urgency to our shared work. It feels especially critical in this time of division, denial, and deteriorating democracy that we should engage in thoughtful, collaborative research work between community and university.

Thus, we bring this brief newsletter to you in order to highlight a portion of the people and projects at CURL engaged in this work. There are updates from past fellows, introductions to new fellows (and even the introduction to the newest CURL family member). We have links to both new partnerships and programs as well as updates from past projects. Throughout it all, we hope you begin to get a sense of what we are working on with our many partners on and off campus. 

As I have often said over my years here at CURL, we thrive because of our connections to all of you – faculty, students, staff, and community partners – and the ideas and visions you bring to us. We hope that you can feel that excitement and hunger to continue to collaborate as we are always eager to dream new dreams with you!

-  David Van Zytveld (

Congratulations, CURL Graduates!

Graduate Fellows

Bill Byrnes - In December, Bill and Dominique welcomed Ruby Amelia John Byrnes to their family! (She's featured in the photo above.) This spring Bill graduated from the Sociology PhD program with distinction. 

Jennifer Cossyleon - Jennifer is working as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University studying how people experience and contest neighborhood change in East and Central Baltimore

Rebeca Daniels - Rebeca is overseas teaching English in Spain.

Johnathan Neidorf - Johnathan is an administrative assistant at Misericordia in Chicago working on federal policy to be more inclusive of non-traditional work, residential, and community settings for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Undergraduate Fellows

Zachary Enriquez - Zach is working with BCV, a media agency in Chicago that specializes in social media solutions for the hospitality industry as a Community Engagement Monitor.

Yasmeen Khar - Yasmeen is in her final year in the Sociology Department's BA/MA program while also continuing at CURL as a Graduate Fellow.

Keesha Moliere - Keesha became a City Year Corps member in NYC and will be doing research with Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn at Columbia University.

Kimberly Ocampo - Kim is teaching Spanish to pre-K through 4th grade students at Stevenson Elementary here in Chicago.

Sarah Paulus - Sarah is working for the Americorps Recovery Corps in Minneapolis working as an Opioid Response Member for the next year.
Friday Morning Seminars
Seminars will be held regularly here at CURL in Cuneo Hall Room 417 from 10:30 am - noon.  Please join us!  Read about our full Fall 2018 schedule here.
New Research Partnerships

Jane Addams Resource Corporation

CURL is evaluating recruitment methods for getting more women involved in Jane Addams Resource Corporation’s (JARC) manufacturing job training programs. JARC would like to train more low-income underemployed or unemployed women to go into high-paying and stable manufacturing careers such as welding, computer numerical control, and press brake fields. By expanding the number of women that enter their job training programs, more women will also be able to enter into careers in manufacturing.

Erie Neighborhood House’s Proyecto Cuídate

CURL is working to create a comprehensive program evaluation plan with Erie Neighborhood House’s (ENH) Proyecto Cuídate. ENH works to empower Latinx immigrants and others in the community through health and wellness education, community building and leadership initiatives, counseling, and advocacy. The program focuses on families as a whole unit in the Little Village, Cicero, and Berwyn neighborhoods by providing free counseling and education with the goals of violence prevention, family cohesion, and Restorative Justice. 
New Fellows, New Titles

Graduate and Undergrad Fellows

We are excited to welcome eight new fellows this year!  Read more about them and their research interests at our website.


We are happy to announce two position changes this year: Gina Spitz has moved from staff to faculty with a new title of Assistant Research Professor. Christine George in addition to being an Associate Research Professor is now CURL's Associate Director for Research. Congrats to them both!
CURL in the News


Our community partner Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) shared with us an update on press coverage of their recently released policy report on the indebtedness of poor families that are primarily headed by women. Learn more about the report and the press coverage.​

The Encampment: Collecting Stories to Inform Programming

By invitation of the Center for Housing and Health, CURL researchers conducted journalistic interviews with clients who participated in the City of Chicago's Chronic Homeless Pilot Project. Interviews were collected to tell the story of the project from the perspective of the clients. These descriptive narratives of clients’ experiences shed light on the realities of moving from homelessness to stable, long-term housing. In doing so, the aim is to inform future programming and policy.  Read more here.

Milwaukee Housing Voucher Study

In 2015, CURL completed a study that examined a security deposit assistance program in Milwaukee that uses the incentive to encourage low-income residents to move to higher opportunity, lower poverty neighborhoods. The report is still informing discourse about Milwaukee housing policies being debated in summer 2018.  Read more here.

ONE Northside

Check out a recent article from the Journal of Community Practice about the collaborative work of CURL and ONE Northside. It examines the impact of two organizing groups who merged in order to increase their capacity and power. Read the journal article here.

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