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…

Homelessness in Minnesota

Did you know that on any given night, about 15,000 people experience homelessness in Minnesota? Read on to learn more and how the College Health Corps VISTAs are serving to alleviate the crisis.

March Resource Roundup

Short Reads Compact Nation Podcast: Season 3 Episode 11: Community Engagement Pros Compact Nation Podcast: Season 3 Episode 12: For Us, By Us MLK Worked for Transformation – Not for Service Public Engagement and the Future of the University by: Diana Brazzell What Community College Students Say Impedes Their Progress by: Ashley A. Smith Books, Journals, and Reports Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges Report: Renewing the Democratic Purposes of Higher Education Building the Field of Higher Education Engagement: Foundational Ideas and Future Directions Edited by Lorilee R. Sandmann and Diann O. Jones The Diversity of Gentrification: Multiple Forms of Gentrification in…

Substance Use Research Beyond Classroom Walls

“Behind every naloxone kit dispensed is a human life potentially saved, a second chance, and countless friends and family members who get to help their loved one another day. Some believe that those struggling with a substance use disorder aren’t worth helping, but they’d think differently if they met any of our focus group participants.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrated Across the State

Minnesota Campus Compact members organized a variety of thoughtful programming during the week of January 20, 2019, celebrating the legacy of Dr. King. Here’s a small sample of activities:

February Resource Roundup

“By Any Other Name” by: Colleen Flaherty “Change Happens When We Come Together” by: Atticus Rice, Newman Civic Fellow The Community Engagement Professional’s Guidebook: A Companion to The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education by: Lina D. Dostilio and Marshall Welch

Announcing the Engaged Scholars Initiative

Campus Compact of the Midwest has announced the Engaged Scholars Initiative (ESI). The initiative will select and support a small cohort of engaged scholars and scholar-practitioners who can advance co-created knowledge, critically engaged pedagogies, institutional change, and collaborative action to address societal issues. Michigan State University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Minnesota are strategic partners for the initiative, providing critical leadership and in-kind and financial support. Campus Compact is now seeking applications from scholars interested in participation. The initiative was also recently launched in the organization’s Eastern Region, with twelve scholars selected in late 2018. Curriculum has been developed by Campus Compact and the Swearer Center at…

January Resource Roundup

January Resource Roundup: AASHE Campus Sustainability Hub: Coordination & Planning, Compact Nation Podcast: Season 3, Episode 8: Students Making Change…

Civic Agency Workshops

This curated series of experiential workshops supports the development of civic agency through strategies and skills related to “self,” “us,” and “now,” all available for free download. Our staff is also happy to come to your campus and facilitate these experiences with your students or colleagues. If you have questions, additional topics and content to offer, or would like us to come to campus, please contact info {at} mncampuscompact(.)org.  

Communicating Effectively about Community Engagement in Higher Education

This toolkit provides guidance for a community engagement professionals, campus communications professionals, campus administrators, and others involved in telling the story of higher education community engagement.  It is the work product of the 2017-18 Minnesota Campus Compact Communications Task Force. We thank all those who participated for their contributions.

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