Working with Community Partners: Myths and Realities – Guest Post

June 8, 2017

By Amy Csizmar Dalal Because we are getting ready to do our annual Comps (capstone) Topics Reveal to our junior CS majors, and my headspace and time have been focused on planning my projects for next year, meeting with community partners, working out the project details, etc, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on working with community and campus partners. This morning I realized that I’ve been doing this in some form or another since our dyad adventure in 2011. 2011! I guess I am not as new at this as I sometimes think. I’ve spent this year in somewhat…

June Update – New Community Engagement Resources

Articles, Books, and Journals “Colleges Should Put Their Money Where Their Ideals Are” by Sandra Goldmark

St. Cloud State Husky Compact

Engaged Campus. Engaged Students. Engaged Communities – this is the context in which St. Cloud State University’s (SCSU) Our Husky Compact comes to life. MNCC intern Anisa Sharif interviewed Dr. John Eggers, the Director of Counseling and Psychological services at St. Cloud State University, who outlined the creation of Our Husky Compact.  How did SCSU develop Our Husky Compact? The one page document was a product of work for the Higher Learning Commission. Now it has grown into a campus-wide touchstone. Eggers described an intensive collaborative process resulting in the identification of shared institutional outcomes and values. Over the course of months,…

WSU United by Annual Theme for Social Change

“Equity as a Human Right” ball pit starts conversation. Is it possible for a whole university to come together to address a single social issue? Winona State University (WSU) thinks so, and has been doing so for nine years. Read on to hear MNCC intern Anisa Sharif tell the story: WSU started organizing its community engagement work around an annual theme when the university received a $20,000 grant from Minnesota Campus Compact for “Our Drinking Fountains, Our Water,” a collaboration between WSU, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Southeastern Technical College, and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre…

Guest Post: The Gift of Reading

May 10, 2017

by Kassidy Jackson As a former bilingual classroom teacher, Winona State University Professor Mary Hudgens Henderson knows that sometimes finding materials to support classroom learning in Spanish can be hard. This semester, Hudgens Henderson designed a project for her Intermediate Spanish classes at WSU to write Spanish children’s books for Winona Area Public Schools’ Spanish Language Immersion Program (SLIP). “Many Spanish-language programs have difficulty getting books in Spanish for their students to read,” said Hudgens Henderson. “For this project, I wanted to have students create an authentic product that could be used in a community of Spanish-speakers.” For the project,…

Reflections on the Thomas Ehrlich Award by Andrew Furco, 2012 Recipient

A guest post by Andrew Furco, Associate Vice-President for Public Engagement and Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota. Andrew Furco is the 2012 recipient of the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. Receiving the Thomas Ehrlich Award in 2012 was truly an honor. This award, in particular, has meant a great deal to me. I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Ehrlich in 1992, while a graduate student at UC Berkeley working on my dissertation on service-learning. And meeting him was a turning point for me — one that changed the course of my career. At the time, I was…

Fear and Fearlessness

May 5, 2017

By Andrew Seligsohn, President, Campus Compact I have been involved in several conversations recently about what it’s like for students, faculty, staff, and senior leaders in higher education right now. More than anything I hear fear. Students from many racial and ethnic groups fear harassment and abuse. Students with conservative views fear ostracism. Faculty fear social media firestorms based on misinterpreted or misrepresented statements made in class. Advisers fear unhappy students in the context of increasingly permissive firearms laws. Administrators fear conflicts on their campuses and responses from legislators–some of whom neither know nor care about higher education. Everyone is…

President Mary Hinton on Expanding the Circle

May 5, 2017

At our April 5th summit, keynote speaker, Dr. Mary Hinton, president of the College of Saint Benedict and a member of the Minnesota Campus Compact board of directors, emphasized the current need to expand dialogue around inclusion. Here is a condensed version of that speech prepared by the College of Saint Benedict: “We are at a critical juncture in higher education. I think we have to ask ourselves whether our mission is to perpetuate social norms and the status quo or to challenge ourselves by striving for a different reality on our campuses and for our students. Or, as the…

May Update – New Community Engagement Resources

The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education edited by Lina D. Dostilio

Hear the Speakers at MNCC’s 2017 Summit and Awards Ceremony

April 28, 2017

Whether or not you were among the 300+ attendees of Minnesota Campus Compact’s summit and awards ceremony on April 5, 2017, you can be inspired by the speakers who invited all of us to expand our circles and use our gifts to create stronger communities. To see the event’s printed program, which includes information on all award recipients as well as the day’s content, click here.  Listen to the morning audio to hear Mary Dana Hinton, president of the College of Saint Benedict and a member of the Minnesota Campus Compact board of directors (6:55-22:32), followed by Andrew Seligoshn, president…

Metropolitan State University President Ginny Arthur, Leading the Way for the Common Good

“I’ve come a long way from the scared, first-generation college student, who had no idea how to navigate the alien world of higher education and cried herself to sleep nearly every night of my first semester, annoying my very confident and worldly roommate.” That student is now Metropolitan State University’s seventh president, Virginia (Ginny) Arthur, a leader dedicated to the “daunting but sacred responsibility” of supporting “the hopes and dreams of many traditionally underserved students.” In her inauguration speech on April 7th, Arthur emphasized the importance of “nurturing and developing rich but under-utilized talent” to the continued health and vitality…

Summer Regional Gatherings in May and June

Take some time to connect and learn with colleagues committed to advancing community engagement this summer! In a context that includes tight budgets and societal polarization, many of us are feeling challenged to clarify our goals, expand our partnerships, and enhance our capacity and impact. This interactive gathering will provide a space to discuss campuses’ community engagement priorities and goals, to delve into pressing questions and challenges in peer coaching circles, and to learn about communities of practice as a strategy for advancing community engagement work, as well as specific strategies and resources for fostering dialogue across differences. Campus teams or…

Partnerships Increase MCTC Students’ Access to Housing

Yasir Hassan serves at Minneapolis Community and Technical College addressing three needs of non-academic support for students at MCTC: healthcare, food, and housing. Read the full article to learn how Hassan has started developing partnerships within the community.

April Update – New Community Engagement Resources

Compact Nation Podcast Episode 7 featuring Tania D. Mitchell, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities faculty

Summary of the February 6, 2017 Presidents and Chancellors Conversation

Nineteen college and university presidents and chancellors from across Minnesota gathered on February 6, 2017, to reflect on what we can and must do in a time of visible polarization along lines of race, class, religion, location (urban/rural), political ideology, immigration status, and more. Our goal for ourselves and our communities is not necessarily agreement, but an enhanced ability to live and work together constructively in a free society. We discovered a strong, shared commitment to championing dialogue across differences and to practicing it ourselves. Listening deeply to each other’s stories is powerful. It can build trust, seed new relationships,…

March Update – New Community Engagement Resources

February 28, 2017

“The Fix We’re In: What Americans Have to Say About Opportunity, Inequality and the System They Feel Is Failing Them” – from Public Agenda, suggests ways to engage common themes and the challenges they represent in productive ways

New Partnerships Ease the Burden of Community Engagement Matching and Tracking

Without dedicated software, comprehensive tracking of student community engagement activity can be a lot of work – or nearly impossible. Software programs can be expensive, but two creative partnerships are making sophisticated tracking accessible to more campuses both in Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities. If campuses and community organizations increasingly use shared software platforms, higher education volunteers, service-learners, interns, and other resources can also become easier for our communities to access. It’s a win-win. Southwest Minnesota State University and United Way of Southwest Minnesota recently launched a new collaborative website called MustangsVOLUNTEER, which makes service opportunities easier to find for…

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through Learning, Celebration, and Service

Minnesota Campus Compact members organized a variety of thoughtful programming during the week of January 17, 2017, celebrating the legacy of Dr. King, learning about current issues of race and justice in our state, and showcasing the plethora of options students have to engage with their communities. Here’s a small sample of activities: Augsburg College  Augsburg College held its 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. This year’s theme was “Renewing King’s Call for Social Justice, Equality, and Inclusion, in an Age of Demagoguery.” The keynote speaker was Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds, a civil rights attorney and legal scholar on issues of race, public policy,…

Building Meaningful Classroom Connections

“Not only did partnering with Brightside give us an opportunity to have real time discussions about what challenges organizations face, it allowed us to think bigger than ourselves, about our community and the good work that is being done and needs to be expanded.”

January Update – New Community Engagement Resources

Critical Competences for Social Impact Leaders by Romy Kraemer

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