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April 2021

Webinar: Critical Consciousness for Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

This webinar idea grew out of a Campus Compact Community of Practice entitled 'Developing Students' Critical Consciousness through Meaningful Praxis in Community Engagement'. During this Community of Practice, facilitators and participants alike found the need to continue this ever-increasingly important dialogue and consider ways to further enhance, development, and theorize critical consciousness in community engaged teaching and learning. Presenters will 1) define critical consciousness as it has been articulated in current and relevant research, 2) describe ways to engage others in their own safe exploration of critical reflection as it relates to the development towards a critical consciousness, and 3) provide examples of how critical consciousness has the ability to "intervene in order to change outcomes and realities" and transform and empower the lives of youth. Speakers:  Aaliyah Baker, Amy Shanafelt

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March 2021

Webinar: Innovative Ways to Meet Campus-Community Needs through National Service

March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

National Service programs like AmeriCorps and VISTA have a long standing history with Campus Compact, across networks, regions, and the country. Compacts are finding creative solutions to campus-community problems to address student basic needs, co-creating student learning experiences, and much more. Join us for this call to learn just a few ways that our National Service members are helping Campus Compact fulfill its mission. Speaker:  Monique Ellefson

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February 2021

Webinar: The Quest for Authentic Community Engagement: How Market Forces Shape Community Engagement and What to Do About It

February 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

It is no secret that market forces play an important role in shaping almost everything in the world, and the higher education civic engagement movement (CEM) is no exception. Market forces have created pressures within higher education that have created the “entrepreneurial university” driven by neoliberalism, which imbues the business creed across the university. How did this happen? What does it mean for the CEM? How does it shape the quest for authentically building just, neighborly communities centered on equity and voices of those most marginalized? What can be done about it? This multidimensional session involves a historical background from an activist urban historian, followed by a panel of practitioner/scholars sharing their perspectives about how to do authentic engagement work within this context. Practical suggestions for how to incorporate this work into Civic Action Planning will also be explored. There will also be an opportunity for people to think collaboratively about what agency they have in countering these market forces…

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Webinar: Avoiding Microaggressions within Service Learning and Community Engaged Learning

February 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Community-engaged experiences provide the opportunity for faculty to collaborate authentically and reciprocally with partners who often represent historically disenfranchised communities where policy, resource allocation, and deficit-based communication strategies had an impact on growth, perception and development. This recipe results in implicit bias that exists in everyone, and as a result, microaggressions occur. That is exactly what happened on our campus and in our community. As Community Engagement professionals, during our support of faculty service-learning instruction and implementation, we started to see and hear an increasing number of microaggressions from faculty members, community partners and students. In response to these microaggressions occurring within service-learning experiences on our campus we developed workshops for students, faculty, staff and community partners to dedicate time and space to explore their journey with these concepts and to arm them with tools and strategies to address bias in community engagement work and to respond to microaggressions when they occur. This interactive session provides attendees hands-on learning about…

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January 2021

Critical Conversation: Reimagining Higher Education

January 22 @ 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: Innovations for Teaching the Deliberative Experience Online: Our Experiences and Experiments using Common Ground for Action and Online Conferencing Tools

January 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Until very recently, deliberative democracy has mainly meant in person, face-to-face discussions. However, the current crisis has created an opportunity to innovate by experimenting with moving deliberation online. We will share insights we gained from hosting a national week of cross-campus online deliberative dialogues using Common Ground for Action (CGA), a series of weekly campus based online deliberations, and from several experiments in campus, community, and classroom deliberations using CGA and video conferencing software. Specifically, session attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a short demonstration of CGA, and then we will discuss how to integrate a variety of methods of online deliberation into university classrooms and campus-community deliberative events, how to structure syllabi and assignments for students to get the most from their deliberative experience, and explore best practices with seasoned forum conveners. Presenters represent the diversity of civic engagement in democratic practice across different disciplines at colleges and universities (2-year;4-year), the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues…

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Webinar: Honoring Ways of Knowing for Biocultural Restoration and Resilience in the Face of Climate Change

January 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Our civic engagement work with and in diverse communities is authentic to the extent that we honor and amplify the ways of knowing of our partners, be they experts from community-based organizations, communities of color, or the indigenous cultures of our places. Shared respect for different ways of knowing is the foundation for mutually beneficial, lasting and transformational partnerships. Four case studies will highlight the process of honoring community ways of knowing. Participants will reflect on their "amplifying" of the diverse ways of knowing of their community partners, and their "humbling" of their own academic ways of knowing. They will identify existing strong partnerships that provide a bracing foundation for biocultural restoration, environmental justice, community resilience, and climate change. Key Learning Outcomes: Attendees will learn: 1) to amplify diverse ways of knowing and humble their own specialized knowing 2) to prioritize other ways of knowing in building authentic partnerships 3) to identify strong partnerships for biocultural restoration, environmental justice, community…

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December 2020

Critical Conversation: Civic Agency in a Pandemic

December 17, 2020 @ 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: The Arc of Citizenship Bends Toward Justice When We Work Alongside Communities

December 10, 2020 @ 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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Webinar: Co-Producing Knowledge in Environmental Justice Research and Teaching

December 1, 2020 @ 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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November 2020

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

November 19, 2020 @ 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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Critical Conversation: Historical Perspective on “Unprecedented” Times

November 19, 2020 @ 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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2020 Civic Action Academy

November 13, 2020 @ 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. The event is free to anyone from Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact member campuses. Those from non-member campuses can register for $25. 2020 Civic Action Academy schedule & directory You're also invited to join us November 12 for an optional pre-event NIF Forum Dialogue: “Policing: What Should We Do to Ensure Equal Justice and Fair Treatment in Our Communities?” from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (Free for students on Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact member campuses, learn more).

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2020 Social Changemaker Challenge

November 13, 2020
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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NIF Forum Dialogue: “Policing: What Should We Do to Ensure Equal Justice and Fair Treatment in Our Communities?”

November 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Zoom web conference

NIF Forum Dialogue: "Policing: What Should We Do to Ensure Equal Justice and Fair Treatment in Our Communities?", Thursday, November 12th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (Free for students on Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact member campuses, Register now via Zoom) The goal of the National Issues Forum Dialogue on Policing is to provide an opportunity to practice respectful and engaging dialogue with students and other stakeholders from across our member campuses that will also serve as a helpful entry point for the Civic Action Academy program the following day, starting with the Civic Action Academy keynote by Jason Sole, Founder of the Humanize My Hoodie Movement, 2019 recipient of a John Legend “Can’t Just Preach” award, author of the memoir From Prison to PhD, and former President of the Minneapolis NAACP.

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Post-Election Network Gathering

November 6, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Recognizing that there will likely be many unknowns after Election Day this year, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact will host a network gathering on Friday, November 6 from 11 to 1 p.m. to offer the opportunity for colleagues from across Iowa and Minnesota to connect and share ideas, reflections, and plans for next steps. In the registration link, we've included space to add suggested questions and topics to the agenda.  Register now via Zoom.

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October 2020

Critical Conversation: Voting During a Global Health Crisis

October 16, 2020 @ 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: Increasing International Connections for Knowledge Mobilization

October 15, 2020 @ 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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Webinar: Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement

October 8, 2020 @ 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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Network Meeting: Current Issues in Higher Education

October 7, 2020 @ 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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