Affiliates

In late 2016, the MNCC Board of Directors created a new affiliate status to support more formal connections between MNCC and organizations with related missions.

Tracy Nielsen, Executive Director, tracy {at} handsontwincities(.)org, 612-379-4900 x 17, www.handsontwincities.org
HandsOn Twin Cities is extremely proud to be a new Minnesota Campus Compact affiliate. The outstanding work that Minnesota Campus Compact does to support civic engagement through its network of colleges and universities ties closely to our mission of mobilizing people to solve the most pressing challenges in our community through volunteerism. Working with Minnesota Campus Compact allows us to discover how we can better support the changing and evolving volunteer needs of our partners in higher education. We hope, in turn, to provide tools and resources that can help support the outstanding Minnesota Campus Compact members more easily and effectively connect students to volunteer resources and opportunities. Partnership and collaboration are at the very core of how HandsOn Twin Cities operates and we couldn’t be more delighted to partner with Minnesota Campus Compact!

Andrew Williams, Executive Director, awilliams {at} hecua(.)org, 651-287-3315, hecua.org
HECUA’s history and Campus Compact’s history mirror each other, and their missions are in perfect consonance.  When Campus Compact was launched in 1985 (and the Minnesota chapter in 1994), its express purpose was to mobilize U.S. higher education in service to and partnership with local communities.  Through learning, research, and service, colleges and their students were asked to participate in the success of those communities.  Similarly, when HECUA was founded in 1971, its purpose—and its mission ever since—was to build academic-community partnerships for justice and positive social change.  In concert with community organizations, HECUA students (drawn from 25 member colleges and universities) employ community-based methods to advance their own learning and the priorities of local people.

Of HECUA’s 11 programs around the world, four are based in the Twin Cities, working, just as Minnesota Campus Compact does, for opportunity and equity for Minnesota’s increasingly diverse population.  Because of this overlap in mission and because of the overlap in membership—all of HECUA’s Minnesota member colleges are also Minnesota Campus Compact members—we hope to contribute to Campus Compact’s discussions on the integration of civic engagement and college curriculum.  Of course, we have also chosen to become an affiliate to learn from those discussions, so that we can do our own work better.

Mike Dean, Executive Director, mdean {at} leadmn(.)org, 651-297-5877, www.mscsa.org

Sarah Dixon, President & CEO, sdixon {at} mnyouth(.)net, 651-528-8589, mnyouth.net
Minnesota Alliance With Youth works to ignite the spark in all young people in Minnesota to become actively engaged, develop strong voices, and acquire skills needed for success in school, work, and life. Opportunities to serve and become civically engaged are critical pieces of a young person’s development. Just as Minnesota Campus Compact empowers and prepares students to be active community members, the Alliance works to foster youth engagement and leadership in schools, organizations, and communities across Minnesota.

Ron Anderson, Senior Vice Chancellor, ron.anderson {at} so.mnscu(.)edu, 651-201-1498, www.mnscu.edu

Amy Meurers, ameuers {at} nylc(.)org, 612-631-3672, nylc.org
At the National Youth Leadership Council we have a vision that all young people should graduate high school as civically engaged global citizens. Like Minnesota Campus Compact, we believe the best way to engage young people and provide them with leadership skills and knowledge is through service-learning. NYLC develops student leaders in K-12 schools across the nation to be servant leaders in their schools and communities, just as Campus Compact does on college and university campuses across the state of Minnesota. Together, we help students from Kindergarten to college senior recognize, process, and thoughtfully respond to the injustices happening around them, and teach them to utilize acts of service to build bridges and create change.

Dean Kephart, Innovation and Program Design Coach, dean {at} serveminnesota(.)org, 612-333-7740, www.serveminnesota.org
The alignment of our missions and visions are complete in sync. We are both committed to civic engagement and service learning. We accomplish this by identifying training and providing ongoing coaching to Minnesota citizens by having them become AmeriCorps members. These members are placed in 12 nonprofits across the state to be a catalyst for social change. The majority of these corps members are working in Prek-12 schools to provide needed academic support in reading and math. Students on MNCC campuses are excellent candidates for this service learning opportunity.

Isaiah Allen, Executive Director, Isaiah.allen {at} stlf(.)net, 612-405-8135
A handful of college students founded Students Today Leaders Forever [STLF] as an expression of their desire to engage and mobilize other students in service and to develop as leaders. STLF continues to engage young people in opportunities to express and develop leadership by serving in communities across the country. We share Campus Compact’s commitment to service as an opportunity for the development of skills and assets that result in civic engagement, workplace success, and positive community transformation.

Justin Reuter, Director of Campus Organizing, jreuter {at} studentsunited(.)org, 651-224-1518 x 204, www.studentsunited.org
Students United is recognized by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees as the sole representative of state university students in Minnesota. Our work is driven by civic engagement and democratic practice. We strive to represent, inform, and organize students about issues that impact them at the campus, state, and federal level. MNCC and Students United have a mutual interest and shared vision of preparing students to engage with their communities and serve the public good. We acknowledge that, in order to reach our goals of supporting students in higher education and the public as a whole, we need to work collaboratively and build partnerships. To this end, Students United chose to be an affiliate of the MNCC.