Constitution Day Dialogue Guide

You can now download Fulfilling the Promise of Full Citizenship: History as Foresight into the Continued Struggle for Universal Suffrage, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact’s dialogue guide for Constitution Day this year on September 17. The 2020 Constitution Day Dialogue guide has been compiled to guide dialogue participants in reaching individual and collective understandings about the history and future of voting. The conversations these materials are designed to facilitate are not about debating or contesting the historic or current reality of voter suppression in this country. Rather, these conversations will critically examine case studies and themes in our histories of…

Critical Conversations Dialogue Series Announced

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…

Student Needs During COVID-19

This unprecedented time has impacted everyone across higher education in disruptive and critical ways. Students who were already among the most vulnerable have arguably been impacted the most. The COVID-19 outbreak and pivot to distance learning have exposed and exacerbated socioeconomic and racial inequities, and many students are experiencing housing, food, or other forms of basic needs insecurity. While some lack the tools and resources to effectively engage in online learning, others (as much as 30% according to this LeadMN survey) have been laid off or are otherwise struggling more financially. First generation students, DACA students, international students, and others…

Staying Connected While Keeping Our Distance

For everyone who can, staying home and staying apart is essential to the health and safety of our communities right now. It’s important to stay committed to distance, but it doesn’t mean we have to disconnect. Higher education and our communities are facing new and daunting challenges that mean it’s imperative we continue to come together, support each other, and find ways to collaborate. Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact are here to help make this happen. Over the next several months, we are offering a variety of opportunities to connect, learn, get new ideas, and continue to build your networks…

Coronavirus: How are our members responding?

As the global pandemic crisis continues to unfold, the Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact team is continuing to monitor and respond. Our goals are to share relevant resources, provide support, and bring our network together to support each other. To achieve these goals, we have created the list below of links to each member campuses’ official COVID-19 responses. The majority of our member campuses have shifted to online courses and remote work for the remainder of the semester, but there are a number of differences in approach given specific campus contexts. Additionally, we are seeking to gather information on responses…

Perceptions of Partnership Study

Nearly all nonprofit organizations in Iowa have at least one partnership with a college or university, often partnering with more than one. This is among the findings of a study released by Iowa Campus Compact, a statewide coalition of colleges and universities committed to educating students for engaged citizenship and creating community-campus collaborations. The study, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and led by researcher Dr. Kara Trebil-Smith, found that most of these partnerships center on student opportunities including class projects, individual student experiences such as internships, and group student organization volunteerism. Community organizations often receive unique…

Civic Action Academy Travel Scholarships Available

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact are offering a limited number of travel scholarships to students attending the 2019 Civic Action Academy. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Sunday, October 27, 2019. More information about the scholarship, including how to apply, is listed below. Who is eligible to apply? Students interested in applying for the scholarship must meet the following criteria. Be currently enrolled at a Campus Compact member institution Register and attend the 2019 Civic Action Academy Campus Compact AmeriCorps members are not eligible to apply for this scholarship. Travel support is available through the AmeriCorps program. Contact…

News: Funding for Social Changemaker Challenge

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact Receives Grant from Principal Foundation for Social Changemaker Challenge For immediate release (Des Moines, IA): Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact today announced a new $20,000 grant award from Principal Foundation to pilot the college-student focused Social Changemaker Challenge. The Challenge will be held in November 2020 and engage business students to solve complex social problems using emerging business skills. Students teams will have a day to propose innovations to meet challenges posed by nonprofit organizations. Working with coaches from Principal, student teams will present their ideas and one will be selected for prize funding for…

Civic Action Academy Sessions Announced!

Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact are excited to announce the session for the 2019 Civic Action Academy! Students from across the Midwest are invited to attend this two-day conference focused on civic and community engagement. Register today! The Academy is on November 8 – 9, 2019 in Cedar Falls, Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa. Registration is $75, but students from Campus Compact member institutions can receive a $50 discount by using the code CONFERENCE. Friday, November 8, 2019, 1:30 PM Civic Engagement through College/Community Collaboration Hailey Schmitz, Maddie Fletcher, Nicholas Kennicker, Nathan Trabue, Mitchell Boxwell, Warburg College The…

VISTA Leaves Lasting Changes in Southwestern MN Higher Ed Community

VISTA at Southwestern MN College creates big changes after 2 years of service.

Meet Our VISTA Members

Name: Alejandra Maldonado Pronouns: She/her Hometown: Chicago, IL Education: B.A. in Spanish and minor in Philosophy from Central College Host Site: Central College, Pella, IA An experience in my life that has shaped my decision to spend a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA: Coming from a poor community made me want to do something to help out and better communities like mine.  Three words that best describe me: shy, pensive, friendly One thing I can’t live without: Music Something I like to do for fun: Play Catan, draw, read, and travel   Name: Alexandra Hyatt Pronouns: She/her Hometown: Longview, Tx…

Minnesota Campus Compact Releases Annual Report

Minnesota Campus Compact today released its Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report highlighting the accomplishments of the last year. Read and download below.

Health Student Engagement: Forming a Community Clinic-University-VISTA Partnership

Susana Carlos is serving with the 2018-2019 College Health Corps cohort at the University of Minnesota (UMN)-Center for Health Interprofessional Programs (CHIP), to develop the relationship between a unit focused on health interprofessional collaboration and a university-community clinic. In this blog post, she explains the formation of this partnership and where things are headed next. 

Minnesota and Iowa: Working Together

Across our campuses and within Campus Compact, we share a mission to fulfill higher education’s public purpose. That goal has never been more pressing to our communities than it is today. Increased political turmoil and questions about the value of education are forces that feel like they are bearing down on us. Too many people face seemingly insurmountable barriers to be able to flourish in their lives and careers. These are the very forces higher education has a responsibility to address through the education of our students, the quality of our research projects, and our partnerships with communities. At Campus…

June Resource Roundup

Short Reads & Listens Beyond My Own Border: Newman’s Own Foundation Fellow at Campus Compact Compact Nation Podcast Season 3 Episode 18: A Macro View of Micro-credentials Study Finds More Low-Income Students Attending College By: Ashley A. Smith Welcome, Kelvin Alfaro, Director of Campus Compact for Wisconsin! What Is the Future of Town-Gown Relations? These Researchers Think They Know By: Lindsay Ellis  Books, Journals, and Reports Anchor Collaboratives: Building Bridges With Place-Based Partnerships and Anchor Institutions By: Justine Porter, Danny Fisher-Bruns and Bich Ha Pham Integrating Worlds: How Off-Campus Study Can Transform Undergraduate Education By: Scott D. Carpenter, Helena Kaufman and Malene Torp…

Announcing Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program

Announcing Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program “Campus Compact is launching this credentialing program because we believe the work of higher education Community Engagement Professionals matters,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “It matters enough that it’s worth supporting professionals to help them do their work well–reflectively, ethically, and effectively. We also believe supporting CEPs as they build their own competencies will help higher education colleagues and community partners understand the value of CEPs and the importance of the knowledge and skills they bring to their campuses and communities.” To earn certification as a Campus Compact community engagement professional,…

Meeting Non-academic Needs Through Partnerships

Amy Soeun is a College Health Corps VISTA at Normandale Community College. She has worked strategically to develop strong partnerships to connect students to non-academic needs, and prepare for a student resource center.

April Resource Roundup

We often share new books and articles each month. This month, we’re also featuring books and articles that our staff and community of practice groups have recommended from their work and study. Some are new, some have been around. Enjoy! Short Reads & Listens Compact Nation Podcast: Season 3 Episode 15: Partnerships that Actually Work CIRCLE: 2018 Youth Turnout Increased in Every State for Which We Have Data 2018 Global Engagement Survey by: Nora Pillard Reynolds Women Hold Up Half the Sky: L.O.V.E. Notes by Marisol Morales Books, Journals, and Reports The Art of Convening: Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings,…

Meet the 2019 Minnesota Presidents’ Award Recipients

Minnesota Campus Compact (MNCC) has announced the winners of the 2019 President’s Awards. This year, 88 awardees were selected from 27 colleges and universities across the state. “Our member colleges and universities are committed to civic engagement that impacts student learning and community progress,” said Acting Minnesota Campus Compact Executive Director Emily Shields. “These awardees represent the kinds of people, projects, and collaborations we need to move Minnesota forward.” The Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards provide an opportunity for member presidents and chancellors to give statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships. Awards will be presented…

MEET THE 2019 NEWMAN CIVIC FELLOWS

Campus Compact has announced the 262 students who will make up the organization’s 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The cohort includes nine fellows from colleges and universities across Minnesota. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors may nominate one student who has demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing…

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