Affiliates

In late 2016, the MNCC Board of Directors created a new affiliate status to support more formal connections between MNCC and organizations with related missions.

Ashley Pohlenz; apohlenz {at} aicaf(.)org; 612-274-7361

At AICAF, we understand the importance of equipping future generations with the knowledge and humility to become active members of their communities. It is vital that future generations learn these skills through higher education institutions or community-based organizations. Minnesota Campus Compact ensures that volunteers experience service-learning or civic engagement to become active contributors to the public good, and we are excited to pursue this partnership opportunity.

Dawn Wegscheid; wegscheid.dawn {at} communityactioncenter(.)org; 507-664-3585

Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC) is a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to promote a healthy, caring, and just community for all people. CAC is committed to the mission of Minnesota Campus Compact and to the greater cause of civic and community engagement amidst the culture and climate of higher education. CAC’s legacy and identity is soaked in community action.

Tracy Nielsen, Executive Director, tracy {at} handsontwincities(.)org, 612-379-4900 x 17, www.handsontwincities.org
HandsOn Twin Cities is extremely proud to be a new Minnesota Campus Compact affiliate. The outstanding work that Minnesota Campus Compact does to support civic engagement through its network of colleges and universities ties closely to our mission of mobilizing people to solve the most pressing challenges in our community through volunteerism. Working with Minnesota Campus Compact allows us to discover how we can better support the changing and evolving volunteer needs of our partners in higher education. We hope, in turn, to provide tools and resources that can help support the outstanding Minnesota Campus Compact members more easily and effectively connect students to volunteer resources and opportunities. Partnership and collaboration are at the very core of how HandsOn Twin Cities operates and we couldn’t be more delighted to partner with Minnesota Campus Compact!

Andrew Williams, Executive Director, awilliams {at} hecua(.)org, 651-287-3315, hecua.org
HECUA’s history and Campus Compact’s history mirror each other, and their missions are in perfect consonance.  When Campus Compact was launched in 1985 (and the Minnesota chapter in 1994), its express purpose was to mobilize U.S. higher education in service to and partnership with local communities.  Through learning, research, and service, colleges and their students were asked to participate in the success of those communities.  Similarly, when HECUA was founded in 1971, its purpose—and its mission ever since—was to build academic-community partnerships for justice and positive social change.  In concert with community organizations, HECUA students (drawn from 25 member colleges and universities) employ community-based methods to advance their own learning and the priorities of local people.

Of HECUA’s 11 programs around the world, four are based in the Twin Cities, working, just as Minnesota Campus Compact does, for opportunity and equity for Minnesota’s increasingly diverse population.  Because of this overlap in mission and because of the overlap in membership—all of HECUA’s Minnesota member colleges are also Minnesota Campus Compact members—we hope to contribute to Campus Compact’s discussions on the integration of civic engagement and college curriculum.  Of course, we have also chosen to become an affiliate to learn from those discussions, so that we can do our own work better.

Mike Dean, Executive Director, mdean {at} leadmn(.)org, 651-297-5877, www.mscsa.org

Kori Redepenning, President & CEO, kredepenning {at} mnyouth(.)net, 651-528-8589, mnyouth.net
Minnesota Alliance With Youth works to ignite the spark in all young people in Minnesota to become actively engaged, develop strong voices, and acquire skills needed for success in school, work, and life. Opportunities to serve and become civically engaged are critical pieces of a young person’s development. Just as Minnesota Campus Compact empowers and prepares students to be active community members, the Alliance works to foster youth engagement and leadership in schools, organizations, and communities across Minnesota.

Karmit Bulman, Executive Director, kbulman {at} mavanetwork(.)org, 651-756-8449, mavanetwork.org
MAVA connects, educates, strengthens and advocates for volunteer engagement leaders and their organizations, for the sake of the public good. MAVA is the premiere statewide organization educating citizens and advancing Minnesota communities through excellence in leadership of volunteers and best practices in organizational service. MAVA actively experiments with innovative practices in volunteerism. We are committed to disseminating knowledge to the broader field. MAVA and our partners receive and share resources, knowledge, and visibility to solve problems and meet our respective missions. We foster a connection to each other that holds us accountable for the just, equitable and sustainable future of our communities.

Paul Cerkvenik, President, pcerkvenik {at} mnprivatecolleges(.)org651-293-6812, mnprivatecolleges.org
The Minnesota Private College Council serves the needs of our 17 member institutions and strives to strengthen Minnesota’s economic and civic fabric. We recognize that community engagement is a critical component of earning a college degree at our member institutions. When our students work to address real-world needs and build their ability to be engaged citizens, we all benefit. Broader understanding of college students’ community engagement work is beneficial for all of higher education. The purpose of our affiliation with MNCC is to support the work of our colleges and MNCC in nurturing students to be engaged citizens.

Ron Anderson, Senior Vice Chancellor, ron.anderson {at} so.mnscu(.)edu, 651-201-1498, www.mnscu.edu

Josefina Landrieu; josefina.landrieu {at} minnstate(.)edu; 651-201-1475

The Office of Equity and Inclusion provides strategic leadership and management for the 54 campuses within the Minnesota State college and university system. Minnesota State serves approximately, 375,000 students annually; making it the largest provider of post-secondary education in Minnesota. The system is committed to providing access to post-secondary education and job training to all Minnesotans with special consideration to open doors of opportunity to low-income, first generation, and students of color. It is our sincere belief that mission and vision, along with our efforts to promote equity and inclusion align well with Minnesota Campus Compact’s values and goals.

Mallory Olson; mallory.olson {at} kidney(.)org

National Kidney Foundation shares support for Minnesota Campus Compact’s mission to support civic engagement and democratic renewal. We recognize the critical need for educational institutions to foster engaged citizenship to solve problems both in our local communities and together as a democracy and would celebrate the opportunity to be a part of that initiative.  

Arturo Garcia; garcia.arturo {at} odhc(.)org

We feel strongly that the goals and vision of the College Health Corps aligned heavily with our own mission of “Advancing access to quality, affordable, culturally appropriate health care through collaborative patient-centered
medical, dental and behavior health services for all people across southern Minnesota.”
As a growing organization, we cherish the opportunity to continue to work with your organization in advancing the capacity building initiatives this project would provide to our organization while contributing to our vision of a healthier southern Minnesota for all. We fully support the project and are willing to commit to the requirements of the program as outlined in the application.

 Justin Stoll; justinstoll {at} rochester.k12.mn(.)us; 507-328-4354

Our work in Rochester is focused on creating the partnerships and supports necessary to remove barriers and create opportunities for our students. This work is aligned with the MNCC commitment to enhance collaboration, learning, and collective impact. We support the mission of the MNCC and have enjoyed collaboration through the AmeriCorps Health VISTA program this last year. 

Dean Kephart, Innovation and Program Design Coach, dean {at} serveminnesota(.)org, 612-333-7740, www.serveminnesota.org
The alignment of our missions and visions are complete in sync. We are both committed to civic engagement and service learning. We accomplish this by identifying training and providing ongoing coaching to Minnesota citizens by having them become AmeriCorps members. These members are placed in 12 nonprofits across the state to be a catalyst for social change. The majority of these corps members are working in Prek-12 schools to provide needed academic support in reading and math. Students on MNCC campuses are excellent candidates for this service learning opportunity.

Rachelle Peleska; r.peleska {at} src-mn(.)org; 612-872-3282

Having been in business for over 40 years, the organization has developed into a recognized leader with a strong reputation throughout Minnesota, not only in delivering critical programs, but also in community engagement and education. SRC has a constant relationship with Minnesota educational institutions from which an average of eight students per year rotate through the organization to fulfill degree or certificate requirements primarily related to community health. SRC fully supports the mission of Minnesota Campus Compact, we practice civic engagement and democratic renewal every day!