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October 2020

Network Meeting: Anti-Racist Action and the Civic Mission

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom web conference

In an effort to promote an opportunity for healing, reflection, and growth, we offering a virtual gathering space for our network. The recent shootings of Jacob Blake and Trayford Pellerin by police, as well as the multiple attacks and shootings on Black Lives Matter protesters by white supremacists in the following days, are a continuance of the current and historical trauma of Black communities through police brutality and systemic racism. We invite you to join us virtually as we identify actions within the civic mission of higher education where we can take to make change together as people of color and allies committed to equity. We welcome the participation of staff, faculty, administrators, and students from across the Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact Network as we process both recent and historical events.  Register here to join us at noon on October 2.

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Network Meeting: Current Issues in Higher Education

October 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom web conference

Join colleagues from across Iowa and Minnesota for connection, resource-sharing, and new ideas on current issues facing higher education. This gathering is open to faculty, staff, student leaders, and partners from our member institutions. We will have facilitated discussion on current events and issues in higher education community engagement. Wednesday, October 7, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Zoom web conference Register here for a custom Zoom link.

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Webinar: Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement

October 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Stanford University's Haas Center for Public Service has collaborated with 55 public, private, two- and four-year institutions since 2013 to develop an innovative holistic framework: "Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement." The pathways describe a range of possibilities by which students can contribute to the common good: community-engaged learning/research; community organizing/activism; direct service; philanthropy; policy/governance; and social entrepreneurship/corporate social responsibility. The framework guides students in exploring how the pathways differ from each other in language, practice, and impact, and how pathways might intersect to effect social change. A free online survey surfaces student predispositions and interests toward the pathways; opens students' eyes to lifelong career, engagement, and leadership opportunities; and assists community engagement practitioners in developing relevant programming. Presenters will share multi-institution research resulting from the survey. Survey data informs practitioners, who can place students in community settings where they have strong pathway inclinations, encourage students to explore pathways they hadn't considered, or ensure they experience all six pathways…

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Webinar: Increasing International Connections for Knowledge Mobilization

October 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Community engagement professionals from UW-Madison will facilitate a session with EU practitioners to increase cross-country connections for knowledge exchange. With so much output around engagement within our own borders, it can be difficult knowing where to access new knowledge coming out globally, and there is much to share between countries about different ways to organize community-based research in all its forms (CBR, CBPR, PAR). In our experience, graduate students and new faculty have said they want to learn more about different models to create equitable research and class projects. The International Living Knowledge Network of “Science Shops” has a 40-year history using principles of knowledge co-creation in a ‘brokerage’ type fashion. Forging positive links with researchers in the EU and beyond would also yield mutually beneficial exchanges of information and resources in both directions, helping increase the reach of CBR and innovation projects globally. While current U.S. political polarization creates heavy headwinds for science and research, many U.S. individuals and…

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Critical Conversation: Voting During a Global Health Crisis

October 16 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom web conference

2020 has offered no shortage of opportunities for important dialogue about our nation’s future. While dialogue may be more difficult this year as we all reconsider what it means to be together and safe, it has never been more important. At Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact, we believe higher education has a key role to play in both leading the conversations and preparing students for the skills needed for them. Our Critical Conversations reflective dialogue series will support these critical efforts. Through the fall and into 2021, we will offer monthly Critical Conversations dialogue opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and community members interested in building their skills as dialogue participants and facilitators. The monthly sessions will offer an opportunity for reflective practice and engagement on a topical prompt and with featured dialogue tools. The sessions will engage participants in sample dialogues and time to reflect on how the featured prompts and models might translate to their home campuses, organizations, and/or…

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November 2020

2020 Social Changemaker Challenge

November 13
Zoom web conference

Brought to you by Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact and Principal Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) is excited to announce the 2020 Social Changemaker Challenge, funded by Principal. The Challenge is open to current college students in business or related majors interested in using emerging business skills to address complex social problems. Student teams will be supported in taking a systems-level approach to understanding the problem, identifying gaps, and proposing solutions. The Social Changemaker Challenge uses higher education’s human capital to create innovative solutions to complex social problems. It helps students get experience addressing complex social problems by demonstrating highly sought-after workforce skills like leadership, problem-solving, critical thinking, adaptability, and teamwork. Student teams will work with a local community or campus partner to submit an application to participate. The application will include a description of the problem and plans for the partnership. IAMNCC staff will select and invite student-community teams to the innovation challenge day. On the day of…

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2020 Civic Action Academy

November 13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Registration now open! The 2020 Civic Action Academy will be held on November 13 online. For the fourth year in a row, this unique professional development opportunity will bring students from Iowa and Minnesota together to learn new ways of making a difference and building skills through civic and community engagement. 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. More information on speakers and sessions will be announced soon! Agenda 12:00 pm Opening Session and Keynote 12:45 pm Affinity Groups Meet peers from across both states and discussed common challenges and ideas. 2:00 pm Break and Slack Q&A with Keynote 2:15 pm Civic Action Lightning Talks Hear from successful professionals in a variety of realms of social change 3:15 pm Break and Slack Q&A with Speakers 3:30 pm Affinity Group Meetings with Speakers 4:30 pm…

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Critical Conversation: Historical Perspective on “Unprecedented” Times

November 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom web conference

2020 has offered no shortage of opportunities for important dialogue about our nation’s future. While dialogue may be more difficult this year as we all reconsider what it means to be together and safe, it has never been more important. At Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact, we believe higher education has a key role to play in both leading the conversations and preparing students for the skills needed for them. Our Critical Conversations reflective dialogue series will support these critical efforts. Through the fall and into 2021, we will offer monthly Critical Conversations dialogue opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and community members interested in building their skills as dialogue participants and facilitators. The monthly sessions will offer an opportunity for reflective practice and engagement on a topical prompt and with featured dialogue tools. The sessions will engage participants in sample dialogues and time to reflect on how the featured prompts and models might translate to their home campuses, organizations, and/or…

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Webinar: Measuring Mutual Benefit and Reciprocity in Community Engagement and Public Service Activities

November 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Mutual benefit and reciprocity are arguably the defining characteristics/principles of the Carnegie Foundation's definition for community engagement partnerships. In this session, we examine how these two characteristics/principles are often conflated as synonyms by researchers, administrators, and practitioners (Dostilio, et al, 2012; Janke, 2018), and offer definitions and measures that demonstrate their distinctiveness. We will share an emerging research program that is aimed at creating greater conceptual clarity and operationalization of these two terms in how we measure and track community engagement activities and partnerships. We explicate the terms (mutual benefit and reciprocity), describe measures developed to track these aspects of partnerships, and share initial findings of and reflections on 800+ partnerships tracked using Collaboratory(™). Participants will then engage in dialogue around the emerging results to further the development of a construct for measuring reciprocity and mutual benefit, with the hope that it will allow researchers to better establish parameters for inclusion/exclusion of partnerships in studies, allowing larger samples of “apples…

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December 2020

Webinar: Co-Producing Knowledge in Environmental Justice Research and Teaching

December 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

The 21st century is an era of rapid environmental change, from rising sea levels to the growth of cities. Globally, low-income communities and youth constitute a majority of the urban population and experience disproportionate impacts, yet their perspectives are often not included in the planning and design of their environments. Advancing environmental justice requires critically examining what counts as knowledge and applying inclusive and equitable approaches to nurturing knowledge in the next generation. Community-engaged teaching and research offer valuable opportunities to recognize multiple ways of knowing, such as local expertise held by community members. Yet, putting this into practice can often be challenging. Drawing upon a framework that elevates and recognizes multiple forms of knowing, this interactive session will examine how community-engaged teaching and research integrates these ways of knowing alongside more traditional forms of academic knowledge. Instructors in the fields of urban studies and civil engineering, along with a community partner focused on climate change resilience, will share their…

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Webinar: The Arc of Citizenship Bends Toward Justice When We Work Alongside Communities

December 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

This webinar provides participants with ideas and resources to work alongside community organizations in mutually beneficial and reciprocal partnerships to deepen community-engaged civic learning. Participants will learn about our educational initiatives and community experiential learning programs that focus on redressing racial and socioeconomic inequities. Presenters will highlight the development and implementation of partnerships between James Madison University and local civic actors and community organizations in the broader Shenandoah Valley on programming, including: experiential learning tours of key sites related to slavery and the ongoing struggle for freedom and rights, and the contributions of social justice movements to American society and democracy; ensuring a complete count in the 2020 Census; education and mobilization for full participation in elections; and equitable responses to community needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Participants will be guided through a design thinking based idea generation and solutions development process to identify how faculty, staff, students and community partners can work together to identify area-specific needs and connect…

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Critical Conversation: Civic Agency in a Pandemic

December 17 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom web conference

2020 has offered no shortage of opportunities for important dialogue about our nation’s future. While dialogue may be more difficult this year as we all reconsider what it means to be together and safe, it has never been more important. At Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact, we believe higher education has a key role to play in both leading the conversations and preparing students for the skills needed for them. Our Critical Conversations reflective dialogue series will support these critical efforts. Through the fall and into 2021, we will offer monthly Critical Conversations dialogue opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and community members interested in building their skills as dialogue participants and facilitators. The monthly sessions will offer an opportunity for reflective practice and engagement on a topical prompt and with featured dialogue tools. The sessions will engage participants in sample dialogues and time to reflect on how the featured prompts and models might translate to their home campuses, organizations, and/or…

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January 2021

Critical Conversation: Reimagining Higher Education

January 22, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom web conference

2020 has offered no shortage of opportunities for important dialogue about our nation’s future. While dialogue may be more difficult this year as we all reconsider what it means to be together and safe, it has never been more important. At Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact, we believe higher education has a key role to play in both leading the conversations and preparing students for the skills needed for them. Our Critical Conversations reflective dialogue series will support these critical efforts. Through the fall and into 2021, we will offer monthly Critical Conversations dialogue opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and community members interested in building their skills as dialogue participants and facilitators. The monthly sessions will offer an opportunity for reflective practice and engagement on a topical prompt and with featured dialogue tools. The sessions will engage participants in sample dialogues and time to reflect on how the featured prompts and models might translate to their home campuses, organizations, and/or…

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May 2021

Midwest Campus Compact Conference

May 25, 2021 - May 27, 2021
Saint Louis University, 1 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63103 United States
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Meet us in St. Louis! The Campus Compacts of the Great Plains, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin invite you to join us for the 2021 Midwest Campus Compact Conference being held May 25-27, 2021 at St. Louis University in St. Louis Missouri. Stay tuned for more information!

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