January Update – New Community Engagement Resources

Articles, Books, and Journals The Benefits of Gender Balance in a System’s Presidential Offices by Anne Blackhurst, Joyce Ester, Connie Gores, and Barbara McDonald Critical Competences for Social Impact Leaders by Romy Kraemer Engaging Learning Through Student Activism by Stephen G. Pelletier Engaging Urban Universities as Anchor Institutions for Health Equity by Ira Harkavy Engaged Research and Practice edited by Betty Overton, Penny A. Pasque, John C. Burkhardt Higher Education’s Post-Election Voice by Pete Mackey In Tumultuous Times, Colleges Can Do What They Do Best by Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education, 2016 edited by Alexis Petri, and Tabitha Underwood More universities…

Congratulations to Minnesota Campuses Named to President’s Honor Roll

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement. CNCS has administered the award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core. The President’s Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions…

“I don’t want people to think the work is done:” Macalester’s Ten Years of Solidarity with New Orleans

In 2006, many 15-passenger vans arrived in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Faculty, staff, and student volunteers from campuses around the country, including Macalester College, responded to the disaster by mucking out houses, cutting back overgrowth, and helping people find a way home. Ten years after the storm, Macalester continues to stand in solidarity with it’s New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) partners, and adapted their involvement as the landscape of community recovery has evolved. These days, when staff leads Ruth Janisch Lake and Sedric McClure ask their NOLA partners “How can we support you?” their partners tell them…

New Focus on the Community Engagement Professional

The number of administrative staff who support community engagement within higher education has grown exponentially over the past 10-12 years. Looking at the 2014 Campus Compact survey, 100% of respondents report having dedicated engagement staff. Looking at a survey of Carnegie Classified institutions, 91% of respondents reported having full-time administrative staffing for their engagement centers (Welch & Saltmarsh, 2013). Despite their growing numbers, there has been very little empirical literature focused on these administrative stakeholders, such as myself. As a group, we influence the ways faculty, students, community partners, and institutional leaders implement and evolve engagement within higher education. We…

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