SENCER Center for Innovation




About SCI-Midwest

The SCI-Midwest has sponsored workshops on quantitative reasoning, food science and policy, and sustainability. Member institutions have been actively involved in NCSCE's GLISTEN (Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship Through Education Network) initiative.
The SCI-Midwest was one of the original six Centers initiated in 2008, and was hosted by Harold Washington College (City Colleges of Chicago) from 2008 until the end of 2011, and in that capacity also hosted the 2009 SENCER Summer Institute. Beloit College assumed the host institution role from 2012 to 2013, followed by the current host, Roosevelt University. The SCI-Midwest region includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

We are excited to partner with groups of faculty to host regional workshops related to SENCER issues. Please contact the co-directors with your ideas.


About the Host Institution: Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University is the only private, non-sectarian university in the Chicago metropolitan area. It was founded in 1945 by faculty, students and staff as one of the first universities to provide equal access to higher education and to express a social justice mission. Today RU enrolls over 6000 students across two campuses, lists more than 150 Transformational Learning courses and is the Midwest's 4th most diverse university (US News & World Report). The RU Chicago Campus is part of the largest concentration of college students in the nation (65,000 in the Loop), and the Wabash Building is the second tallest academic building in the U.S.

Past Symposia

SCI-Midwest Fall 2015 Meeting

October 24, 2015

Harold Washington College

More information here.

Spring 2015 regional meeting

Northeastern Illinois University, March, 14 2015

More information is available here.

Teaching College Science Through Food, Public Heallth, and Sustainability Issues

Roosevelt University, March 8, 2014

Sustainability, Quantitative Reasoning, and the Liberal Arts: Enhancing Student Success Through Civic Engagement

Beloit College (WI), November 10, 2012

SENCER Summer Institute

Butler University (IN), July 2011

Regional Midwest Meeting

Indiana State University (IN), September 2010

Teaching Quantitative Reasoning Through Civic Engagement

Metropolitan State University (MN), November 2009

SENCER Summer Institute

Harold Washington College (IL), August 2009

Meeting the Challenges of Great Lakes Stewardship: SENCER Approaches

Case Western Reserve University (OH), March 2009

Indiana Schools Meeting

Butler University (IN), December 2008

Midwest Regional Meeting

University of Wisconsin Parkside (WI), February 2007


Photograph of SSI 2009 participants during an architectural history tour, by Hy Speck


More Information


Midwest Co-Directors

Dr. Robert Seiser

Roosevelt University

Dr. David Rutschman

Northeastern Illinois University


Co-Director Emeritus

Dr. Dennis Lehman

Dr. Marion Field Fass

Beloit College


Leadership Council

Dr. Mariah Birgen

Wartburg College

Dr. Cynthia Kaus

Metropolitan State University

Dr. Farah Movahedzadeh

Harold Washington College


Mr. Glenn Odenbrett

National Center for Science and Civic Engagement