2018 Constitution Day Dialogue Grantees

Congratulations to the 2018 Constitution Day Dialogue Grantees MSU Mankato will host educational and dialogue on freedom of speech and the “Consitution and You” to develop a greater awareness that all constituents on campus hold an interest in community and civic engagement. For more information, contact Karen Anderson at Karen.anderson {at} mnsu(.)edu.   North Hennepin Community College will be hosting a campus dialogue to determine the campus’s food access values as they relate to low-income student success. For more information, contact Jamie Randall at JRandall {at} nhcc(.)edu. South Central College will host discussions of Constitutional issues on both the North Mankato and Faribault campuses with the…

July Resource Roundup

Augsburg University’s Health Commons episode, Compact Nation podcast AASHE’s Campus Sustainability Hub The Best Freshman Year is a Gap Year Constitution Day Dialogue Initiative Resources College Kids Want to Save the World, Just Don’t Ask them to Volunteer Developing as Community Engagement Professionals: Book Discussion Questions  Dialogue in the Classroom: An Interview with Jennifer West Fussing and Fighting: A Primer on Polarization and Social Conflict High Impact Practices and Low-Income Student Success: What Works? Living Room Conversations: To Vote or Not to Vote OpenMind Depolarization Resources Macalester College Community Citizenship Report Minnesota’s Youth Could Rock the Vote in November — If They…

We the People

We the People MN is a collection of individuals who came together out of a commitment to building a pluralistic, multicultural, just, and equitable society by understanding, engaging, and influencing the Constitutional as a living document at work in community life. The information here is based on a series of community self-organized conversations held between November 2016 and April 2017 in Minneapolis where neighbors educated themselves about the Constitution. These notes and resources are meant to help others engage the Constitution as a resource in community conversations and civic dialogue. It is important to note that We the People is…

Engaged Faculty Institutes

We are currently accepting applications for our 2018-2019 Engaged Faculty Institutes and Research Fellowships. See below for more information. Each year, we also offer the opportunity for member campuses to host an Engaged Faculty Institute on campus. Using curriculum developed by California Campus Compact and Campus Compact of the Mountain West, we provide an in-depth institute on components and practices of quality and rigorous community engagement, as well as the opportunity to connect directly with community partners to co-create courses and/or research projects. There is no charge to the campus host for the curriculum, materials, or facilitation. The curriculum will…

Principal Community Scholars

The Principal Community Scholars Program is a collaboration between Principal and Campus Compact that supports the leadership development of undergraduate students seeking a business or business-related degree. The curriculum and project help students develop critical skills for their careers. Students are selected through a competitive process to receive a $1,000 scholarship, participate in a civic leadership learning community and complete a community-based experiential learning project. Make a Nomination The process for 2018-2019 academic year scholars is now open! See below for more information and the nomination form, due September 28, 2018. Current Scholars In the 2017-2018 academic year, 27 students…

June Community Engagement Resources

The Elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification from editors John Saltmarsh and Matthew Johnson. Global Learning: Crossing Majors, Borders, and Backyards in AAC&U’s Peer Review Institute for Democracy and Higher Education 2014 NSLVE Student Voting Data Visualization “A Systematic Review of Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) in the United State: Methodologies, Youth Outcomes, and Future Directions,” by Anyon et al. in the most recent issue of Health Education & Behavior Strengthening Minnesota’s Culture of Civic Engagement: A Guide for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to Discuss Ways to Improve Civic Life “We Should All Speak to People We Don’t Agree With. Here’s How,” from Joan Blades…

Constitution Day and Civic Dialogue Resources

In preparation for the Constitution Day Dialogue Initiative, Minnesota Campus Compact offered three different civic dialogue train-the-trainer gatherings across the state. Thanks to everyone who participated. Below are a selection of resources and takeaways, and you can see more here. How to Choose a Dialogue Method A recurring theme was the importance of first articulating the goals of a dialogue or deliberation before choosing an approach. Emily Shields noted this creates a clearer vision for you and your campus and can draw in issue-focused participants who might not otherwise participate. Goals can be broken up between the people/relational goals (the goal(s) for the…

2018 Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 MNCC Presidents’ awardees! Each year Minnesota Campus Compact invites member presidents and chancellors to give statewide recognition to civic engagement leaders in three categories. This award is for an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative, and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience. Janet Nguyen, Augsburg University Caissa Dietrick, Bethel University Carleton’s Food Recovery Network Program Directors, Carleton College Mariana Urbina, College of St. Benedict Diamond Cathcart, Concordia University, St. Paul Big…

May Community Engagement Resources

The University Elephant in the Room: Where’s Community Engagement Headed? by Steve Dubb Campus Compact, a coalition of over 1,000 universities dedicated to community engagement, held its biennial conference last month. While university partnerships with nonprofits have never been stronger, shifting universities to be community-serving institutions remains challenging. Civic Engagement: It’s for the Long Haul by Jennifer Bradley The final of The Aspen Institute’s Listening to Inclusive Innovators series, this set of interviews reveals three important lessons for creating and implementing inclusive and effective civic engagement. Service-Learning Could Strengthen Long-Term Student Outcomes by Lillian Williams This pilot case study raises questions worthy…

April Community Engagement Resources

Teaching Poetry in Prison Zachary Lazar on a writing class of undergraduate and incarcerated students. 10 Calls to Action to Cultivate Education for Democracy by Karen Murphy What does education for democracy look like in 2018? Consider these 10 calls to action to shape your own approach in your classroom. Integral, Relational, Organic, and Generative: Pedagogy for a Thriving Democracy by David Hoffman, Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, Stephanie King, and Verdis Robinson Part of a series of posts addressing the emergent Theory of Change being developed by higher education institutions that participate in the annual Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting network. High-Impact Taxonomies: Designing Faculty Development…

Announcing: Minnesota 2018 Newman Civic Fellows

We’re excited to announce Minnesota’s 2018 Newman Civic Fellows. All Minnesota Campus Compact members are eligible to name a Newman Civic Fellow. Learn more about Newman Civic Fellowship.  The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship, named for the late Campus Compact co-founder and tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education Frank Newman, provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides learning opportunities focused on the skills fellows need in order to serve…

March Community Engagement Resources

The Digital Humanities as Public Humanities Laura N. Schram shares three valuable ways of thinking about how to thrive beyond the Ph.D. The Next ‘Evolution’ of Civic Learning by Tania Mitchell The initiatives profiled in this issue represent an important step in the work to ensure a broader reach and a deeper connection to civic learning and demonstrate that civic opportunities and motivations exist across our institutions. Gustavus Adolphus College: Communication Studies Strategic Plan by Leila Brammar In our 2010 department strategic plan, we re-examined our discipline, curriculum, courses, and assumptions, deepened civic learning in every course, and more widely…

Communicating Effectively About Community Engagement

Communication is a priority for many of the MNCC members that have submitted Civic Action Plans so far—and no doubt a priority for others too. MNCC thus invited a thoughtful, diverse group of stakeholders to inform our work in that area. Here’s an excerpt from the toolkit the 2017-18 Communication Task Force is developing (which will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License so it can be adapted and shared).  TO CONVEY THE VALUE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CLEARLY: Tell a story. People are much more likely to be moved by—and remember—a story that is vivid and specific,…

February Community Engagement Resources

ReMediate Your Research by Brady Krien Discusses how researchers can create scholarship that is open and accessible to a general audience. On ‘Experiential Learning’ by John Kijinski Argues that while real-life experiences confer some benefits, what students are offered in the classroom is significantly more valuable. How College Ignite Civic Engagement by Michael Anft Voter drives, community organizing, service learning, and new course offerings connect students with the world beyond the campus gates. Examining the Relationship between Service-Learning Participation and the Educational Success of Underrepresented Students by University of Minnesota researchers Underrepresented students have been identified as being less likely to attain a college degree…

The 2017 Minnesota Statewide Health Assessment and the College Health Corps VISTAs

January 16, 2018

A look at the 2017 Minnesota Statewide Health Assessment and how the College Health Corps VISTAs are working to combat the persistent challenges pointed out within the assessment.

January Community Engagement Resources

Case Studies of Community-Academic Partnerships Established Using the Give-Get Grid Model Describes three case study experiences using the Give-Get Grid, a process tool used to assess stakeholders’ expected benefits (“gets”) and contributions (“gives”) needed to establish and maintain long-term, mutually advantageous community–academic partnerships. Celebrating ‘Builders’ and ‘Burners’ in Student Activism by Chris Purcell A graduate student’s opinion piece arguing that it is wrong for higher education administrations to narrowly reward and uplift student activism that makes them most comfortable. Faculty Hopes: What do our higher-ed teachers want for their students? by Andy Tix Discusses how faculty desire that their students develop during college and…

Addressing Food Security in Urban Neighborhoods: A Systems Thinking Approach

By Nishesh Chalise, PhD LGSW Dr. Chalise is an Assistant Professor in the department of social work at Augsburg University. This blog was originally posted by the national Campus Compact and can be accessed here. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk with Campus Compact’s Newman Civic Fellows about systems thinking as a tool for solving complex public problems. The goal of the Newman Civic Fellowship is to provide emerging leaders with the tools they need to serve as effective agents of social change. Tackling difficult social issues requires an understanding that problems are complex and require a…

Housing Fair Success

December 5, 2017

Katelyn Reid serves at MCTC in their Student Support Center and was successful in one of her very first projects: putting on a housing fair for the students. Click to hear from Katelyn herself about how she managed to make the fair a triumph.

Seven Minnesota Students Selected as Principal Community Scholars

These 7 students were among the 25 selected from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The Power of Partnerships

November 13, 2017

Read about a College Health Corps VISTA in Northfield, MN using partnerships to create change and capacity within the Northfield Union of Youth

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