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

Service-Learning for Critical Consciousness

Critical reflection, critical motivation, and critical action — with these components, community-engaged learning takes on deeper levels of analysis and cultivates students’ capacity to make change in their communities. Given that so many in this network are committed to deepening their critical service-learning practice, we were pleased to offer an October 24, 2017 webinar on the topic. During the session Tanden Brekke of Bethel University led participants through an exploration of key questions and pedagogical strategies to ensure a critical lens is at the heart of students’ service-learning experiences. Engaging critical thinking in service-learning is essential to academically rigorous and socially responsible…

Drawing Civic and Community Engagement

Drawing civic and community engagement.

Volunteer Recruitment from a VISTA Perspective

October 12, 2017

Elena Montanye is a VISTA serving at People’s Center Health Services where she has had great success recruiting volunteers to new roles in the clinic.

Constitution Day on Campus

On September 17th, 1787, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia. This founding document begins, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” In 2004, Constitution Day became a national observance. As you can see below, Minnesota Campus Compact members organize a variety of educational and engaging activities to mark the occasion. In…

Three Years of VISTA Work Becomes an Ongoing, Sustainable Program

A previous VISTA project continues as a successful program with a highlight story in the local news.

Presidents & Campuses Stand with Students as DACA Is Rescinded

As news broke yesterday that the White House rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), higher education leaders and campus communities around the state spoke out in support of their potentially impacted students. The responses included messages of solidarity and details to help students and their families understand the implications of the decision. Campus Compact has also issued a statement on why our organization stands with the DREAMers. Critical information is available from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center here. The University of Minnesota Immigration Response Team (IRT) has made itself available for consultations with students. St. Cloud State Today also…

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