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2019 Civic Action Academy

November 8, 2019 - November 9, 2019

$25 – $75

See the agenda for the 2019 Civic Action Academy!

This unique professional development opportunity for students interested in learning new ways of making a difference and building skills through civic and community engagement.

The event will be held on November 8 and 9, 2019 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Students from across the Midwest and beyond (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to learn from professionals across sectors. Sessions will offer skill-building in civic action including philanthropy, leadership, dialogue, advocacy and more. Students will also have a chance to learn what others are doing on other campuses and network with peers.


The Cedar Valley has many accommodations to choose from for this event. A few suggestions are below. The Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau has a comprehensive list of hotels and motels in the area.

Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel and Bien Venu Event Center
7400 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 (map)

Country Inn & Suites
2910 South Main Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 (map)

Schedule (read more about sessions here)

Friday, November 8, 2019

8:30-11:30 am               Pre-Conference Session: Civic Leadership Intensive

Do you have what it takes to lead social change? Join us at this intensive session to learn more about your leadership style and gain practical skills for organizing others. Iowa Campus Compact Executive Director Emily Shields will share from her 15 years of leadership and management experience and help you build new skills and ideas for effectiveness. Attendees will have the opportunity to evaluate their leadership style and discuss ways in which that creates opportunities and conflicts. The session will also include new ideas for facilitating great meetings and discussions and attendees will have the opportunity to practice these skills. The session will also provide new tools for managing projects and programs for sustainability.

11:00-12:00 pm            Registration

12:00-1:00 pm               Opening Session and Lunch
The Fierce Urgency of Now: The Importance of Civic Activism in An Era of Challenge
Speaker: Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker (more here)

1:30-2:30 pm                Breakout Session I – Students

Civic Engagement through College/Community Collaboration
Hailey Schmitz, Maddie Fletcher, Nicholas Kennicker, Nathan Trabue, Mitchell Boxwell, Warburg College

From Classroom to Community Engagement
Caleb Gipple, University of Northern Iowa

Local Government as an Agent for Change
Angelina Ramirez, Coe College

2:45-3:45 pm                Breakout Session II – Professionals

Phoenix Rising:  The Role of Truth-telling in Developing a Transformative Imagination Critical to Community Uplift
Abraham Funchess, Waterloo Commission on Human Rights

Paths to Social Change
Stacy Van Gorp, See What I Mean

Maximizing networks as powerful tools for change
Jordan Vernoy, Feeding America

Effective ways to recruit and manage volunteers
Lauren Finke, Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley

Fossil fuels to clean energy: Moving from a world of scarcity to a world of abundance
Matt Russell, Interfaith Power and Light

4:00-5:00 pm                Plenary and Keynote
Is Your Campus Voter Ready?
Speaker: Secretary of State Paul Pate
(more here)

Secretary of State Paul Pate will discuss how students and campuses can be “voter ready” for upcoming elections. The secretary will also present the 2018 All In Campus Challenge Awards.

5:00 pm                          Happy Hour (off-site and optional)

Saturday, November 9, 2019

9:00-10:00 am               Breakout Session III – Professionals

Civic Agency
Sinda Nichols, Monique Ellefson, Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact

Nonprofit Myth Busting: Careers in the Nonprofit Sector
Julianne Gassman, University of Northern Iowa

Working with Media
Zack Kucharski, Cedar Rapids Gazette

10:15-11:15 am            Breakout Session IV – Students

Baldwin Leadership Fellows: The Opportunity to Create Change
Hailey Schmitz, Jared Feigenbaum, Britt Avery, Wartburg College

Menstrual Inequity
Dechen Khangkyil, Grinnell College

Facing impossible Odds: Using a growth mindset to combat demoralization and preserve motivation
Maximilian Hill, Rick Johsnon, Grinnell College

11:30-2:00 pm               Lunch, Keynote and Closing Reflection

Beyond Charity: Creating Sustainable Change Through Mutuality and Social Entrepreneurship
Speakers: Megan Tensen and Sarah Helleso, Founders of Try Pie
(more here)


November 8, 2019
November 9, 2019
$25 – $75
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Iowa Campus Compact
(515) 235-4684


University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA United States + Google Map
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