5 Tips for Using Consensus Decision-Making Effectively

Susan Gust is a long-standing community advocate and consultant on issues of community-campus partnership. She serves on the Project Leadership Team for Minnesota Campus Compact’s Cultural Agility Collaboration (CAC), an initiative supported by the Bush Foundation, and has engaged in numerous consensus processes over time. On October 15, 2015, Gust shared her reflections, lessons learned, and creative adaptations of consensus with members of the Minnesota Campus Compact network, including CAC participants. Here are a few of note:

Tips & Tools You Can Use: Assessment & Tracking

Are you asked why limited resources should be used to support community engagement efforts on your campus? Do you need better data to help faculty see the value in teaching a service-learning course? Do you wish our field had more research to support your work? These needs and more underscore the importance of having a comprehensive tracking system and assessment plan.

Normandale Statistics Class Makes the Switch from Simulation to Community-Based Learning

Scott Hvizdos, Program Director at VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People), didn’t know what to expect from the Normandale students’ analysis of his social service organization’s data. VEAP had recently acquired a digital take-a-number system that had been collecting piles of data about when and how long their clients wait for food shelf, resource referral, transportation and other support at the center. Ideally, this information would help inform VEAP’s staffing plans and keep wait times low. However, the organization didn’t have the capacity to analyze the data, so it sat in files until the spring of 2015 when the Normandale…

Supervising Student Employees in Community Engagement

Note: This blog post is based on materials prepared for MNCC’s first ‘Tips and Tools You Can Use” videoconference on August 27, 2015. Please contact Megan Voorhees if you would like to talk about the ideas listed here and other strategies for using and supervising student workers. In the coming months, we will launch a private online exchange for members to share specific tools like training curriculum and performance evaluation forms. Do you have paid student employees working in your office, supporting faculty or in the community? If not, consider the benefits of doing so: student employees can increase your…

Six Strategies for Marketing Community Engagement on Campus

Gina Montilino and Paige Wheeler of the Center for Experiential Education at Normandale Community College share six ways they’re expanding the circle of community engagement:

Bilingual Psychotherapy Program at CARE Clinic, Red Wing

Access to health services is limited for many low-income, uninsured individuals and their families. When there is also a language barrier, access is doubly difficult.

2015 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit

Faculty, staff, students, and a few dedicated community partners traveled from across Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Colorado, Michigan, and Pennsylvania recently for the fourth annual Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit. Gustavus Adolphus College provided generous hospitality, the beautiful program design, and some great sessions, including a community-based preconference at the Traverse de Sioux Treaty Site and the St. Peter Food Co-op.

Academic Skills in the Community Context: UMR Community Collaboratory Partnerships Promote Health, Bring Education to Life.

One of the biggest struggles undergraduate students sometimes face is understanding how they can use the knowledge they have acquired through their coursework. The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) has provided students with the opportunity to do just that through the Community Collaboratory (CoLab) course, a requirement for juniors and seniors.

New! Summit Videos: “This I Believe” & “Rethinking Excellence in a Diverse Democracy”

We’re happy to share two new video recordings of the 2015 Minnesota Campus Compact Annual Summit and Awards Ceremony. The first captures the moving “This I Believe” statements from Presidents’ Award Recipients. The second offers a review of the “Rethinking Excellence in a Diverse Democracy” panel, moderated by Chanda Smith Baker and featuring panelists Chairwoman Karen Diver, Nekima Levy-Pounds, and Andrew Seligsohn. If you weren’t able to join us for the summit, we invite you to join in the celebration and critical reflection on our shared work captured in these two recordings. https://youtu.be/fdNxK5Gf6J8 https://youtu.be/JldJ2CfZ_EY

Announcing New Training & Funding Opportunity: Enhancing College Access and Success through Participatory Action Research

Minnesota Campus Compact and Youthprise are partnering to support participatory action research (PAR) that involves students of color, students from low-income families and/or current or potential first generation college students.

5 Ways the Black Male Leadership Movement Is Transforming Education at North Hennepin Community College

by Sinda Nichols, Program Director, Minnesota Campus Compact “This is more than school, this is more than an event. We are literally family here.” So said Teah Manneh, first-year student and leader in the Black Male Leadership Movement. His deep sense of connectedness isn’t just an enrichment of his college experience – it’s core to his academic success. Manneh explained, “What most definitely keeps me coming to school is this club right here.” He is not the only one to notice that participation in the Movement shifts people’s thinking about the North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) campus. Ben Dossman, local entrepreneur…

2015 Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards

Congratulations to the 2015 MNCC Presidents’ awardees! Each year Minnesota Campus Compact invites member presidents and chancellors to give statewide recognition to civic engagement leaders in three categories. View the full program, including more information about each award recipient.  Presidents’ Student Leadership Award This award is for an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative, and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience. Rachel Shaheen, Augsburg College Diana Beavers, Century College  Katherine Maguire, College of Saint…

14 Books: New Resources to Advance Community and Civic Engagement in Higher Education

Fourteen recently released books of potential interest to civic engagement faculty and staff: America’s Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education by Keith Witham, et al. MORE Democracy’s Education edited by Harry C. Botye MORE Engaging in Social Partnerships: Democratic Practices for Campus-Community Partnerships by Novella Zett Keith MORE Faculty Work and the Public Good: Philanthropy, Engagement, and Academic Professionalism by Genevieve G. Shaker MORE Higher Education and Community Based Research, edited by Ronaldo Munck, et al. MORE How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century, by Hahrie Han MORE The New York Times in Education Teaching Toolkit by AASC&U and The…

4 Ways to Aim High: A Reviewer’s Reflections on the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement Process

At a March 23, 2015, meeting of the Minnesota Campus Compact board of directors, Chanda Smith Baker, President and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities, shared her reflections on reviewing applications for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. The only community-based leader to serve on the National Advisory Panel, she observed five key attributes in campuses that wrote strong applications:

Seven Minnesota Students Named Newman Civic Fellows for 2015

Seven students from Minnesota Campus Compact member campuses have been named Newman Civic Fellows for 2015. Presidents from Campus Compact member colleges and universities across the country nominated promising student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in their community to be Newman Civic Fellows.  Through service, research, and advocacy, these Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. The award is named for Dr. Frank Newman, President of the University of Rhode Island from 1974-1983, and one of the founders of Campus Compact. Minnesota’s…

Metropolitan State University’s College for Kids: 6 Benefits for Community and Campus

College for Kids is Metropolitan State University’s campus visit program where fourth through tenth grade students are learning about college, checking out the campus, and apparently getting exhausted by all of the stairs. The goal of the program is to develop of a college-going culture in the University’s surrounding community, and it is operated by the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship. Like so many campus-community engagement initiatives, College for Kids is more than meets the eye.

5 Takeaways: How to Leverage Community Engaged Research for Change

by Sinda Nichols, Program Director, Minnesota Campus Compact On February 6, 2015, over eighty faculty, staff, and students from multiple campuses and community organizations convened at the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) for Leveraging Research for Change, a workshop to consider how research can advance positive change in our communities. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Office for Public Engagement, and School of Public Health Health Disparities Work Group, and Minnesota Campus Compact, the event included facilitated discussions and skill-building workshops on leveraging engaged research for systems change, sharing power and building trust in…

Why We Need You to Write

image: Denise Krebs https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsdkrebs/ by Abby Kiesa Abby Kiesa works as Youth Coordinator & Researcher at CIRCLE—part of the Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service at Tufts University—but the experiences and perspective here are her own. Positionality is important, so before I start sharing why we need you to write, I need to note that I am: a believer in democracy and the need to intentionally create processes that sustain democracy; a pensive person who tries not to get caught up in analysis and planning, or, as some call it, “analysis paralysis”; queer, with a partner who is an…

Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Five Trends from 2014 and Five Things that Should be Trends in 2015

photo: Michael Chen, http://tinyurl.com/n2s4ycg by Katie Peacock, Service Learning Coordinator of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities’ Community Service Learning Center In the era of listicles it seems fair that civic engagement bend the trends of pop culture towards higher education. It is in that spirit that I present five trends that I observed in civic engagement in higher education for 2014 and five things that I think should be trending in 2015. While topics like assessment & evaluation, and student success & retention continue to be top issues in the field, this list aims to move beyond the perennial…

Making Use of Liberal Arts in Community Leadership

Over the holiday break, I got into a pretty lively conversation with my far-flung in-laws about college these days. Do the liberal arts have a place in today’s economy? Is that kind of education the best tool for our time? Is it too much to expect employment-focused young people to see the value of studying the humanities? I walked from the conversation sure of only one thing: It’s hard to think clearly when so many Americans feel worried and afraid.

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