Drawing Civic and Community Engagement

Drawing civic and community engagement.

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Presidents & Campuses Stand with Students as DACA Is Rescinded

As news broke yesterday that the White House rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), higher education leaders and campus communities around the state spoke out in support of their potentially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

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

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…

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…

May Update – New Community Engagement Resources

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

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.

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