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Presidents & Campuses Stand with Students as DACA Is Rescinded

As news broke yesterday that the White House rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), higher education leaders and campus communities around the state spoke out in support of their potentially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…

October Community Engagement Resources

How Higher Ed Can Restore Public Trust by Anthony P. Monaco, E. Gordon Gee and Eduardo Padrón Discusses how a year of service can improve and enrich students’ college experience. Situated Solidarity, Scholar-Activism and the Images in Our Heads by Eric Goldfischer Considers the intersection of scholarship and activism. The Case for Academic Freedom: Student opinions, faculty standards by Nancy Thomas Explores the recent court case involving academic freedom amidst controversial political issue discussions and course content at public institutions. Being Good Neighbors by Ed Finkel Discusses the growth and increasing importance of civic engagement programs. Sustainable Solutions: Let Knowledge Serve the…

How to Help: Higher Education and Disaster Recovery

The following was adapted from the work of Iowa Campus Compact. See their original post here. As Hurricane Harvey takes its toll, many are looking on and wondering how to help. Minnesota’s higher education institutions have a long tradition of supporting disaster response and recovery from immediate response efforts to local extreme weather events to long-term partnerships with New Orleans communities hit by Hurricane Katrina with trips and projects every year since then. Hurricane Harvey has created a sense of urgency for many who want to help, and a thoughtful response is key. Some attempts at assistance can actually do more harm…

Responding to Charlottesville

54 years after the March on Washington, we have not achieved Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. On August 13, in response to events in Charlottesville, Campus Compact declared, “we are always neutral as to party and never neutral as to principle. We stand against white supremacy and hate. We stand for justice.” That stance requires ongoing work to address racism and other biases embedded in institutions as well as individuals. MNCC is committed to doing that work in both our internal operations and our programs and partnerships. We hope the resources here will prove useful to you — and we welcome your comments…

September Community Engagement Resources

“Neighbourhood Emplaced Centers: A Trend Within American Urban Community-University Engagement” by Lina Dostilio Cites the work of the University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center Chronicle of Higher Education – “The Neighborhood University” and “When Universities Swallow Cities” Explore the responsibilities urban universities have to the communities and cities they reside in as well as their impact. “How a Campus Takes Its Clothes Off” by Danielle Leek Discusses why it is important for college campuses to embrace the public purposes of higher education and civic engagement. “Promoting Democratic Engagement During College: Looking Beyond Service Learning” by Elijah C. Howe and Kevin Fosnacht Addresses the…

St. Paul’s East Side Making Change with UMN CURA Community-Based Research

Through CURA’s Kris Nelson Community-Based Research program, St. Paul’s East Side community amassed the data it needed to be heard at the highest levels and bring about change in the city’s Capital Investment Budget process.

August Community Engagement Resources

August Community Engagement Resources – Articles, books, journals, and other resources and materials

Lessons from Participatory Action Research with Under-represented Students in STEM

Over the past two years, a Participatory Action Research team studied the experiences of under-represented students in STEM classes and majors at Carleton College.

Following Taylor’s Lead: Courageous Leadership in Standing Up To Hate

July 13, 2017

by Andrew Seligsohn, President, Campus Compact  Taylor Dumpson, a 2017 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow, began her term as president of the American University student government this spring. When she did, she became the first African American woman to hold that position. As Taylor began her work on behalf of the students who had elected her, she was confronted, on the very first day of her term, with a racist backlash, as an unidentified person placed bananas in nooses on trees around the campus. The bananas were inscribed with the initials of Taylor’s sorority, a historically African-American association of women….

July Community Engagement Resources

Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement by Timothy J Shaffer, Nicholas V. Longo, Idit Manosevitch, and Maxine S. Thomas

Byron White on Doing Asset-Based Community Engagement

June 28, 2017

Using an asset-based framework to guide partnerships means more than mapping and making the most of community resources. It also means centering community members as the key agents in a partnership, rather than institutions or professionals. That can be quite different from business as usual in many higher education contexts where systems of promotion, tenure, resource allocation, and recognition can easily become focused on individual actors and the speed and volume of their accomplishments. Dr. Byron P. White, KnoweldgeWorks Vice President and Executive Director of the StrivePartnership, gave a June 6, 2017 keynote address at the Midwest Campus Compact Conference at…

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,…

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