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…

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…

Seven Minnesota Students Selected as Principal Community Scholars

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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