Consultation and Facilitation

Our staff and partners can come to your campus or organization to provide consultation, training, and facilitation. Some of the major topics and content we offer are described below. We are also happy to develop new or adapt existing content to suit your specific campus context and goals. Contact Sinda Nichols at snichols {at} compact(.)org for more information.

Topics and Content

We offer the opportunity for member campuses to host an Engaged Faculty Institute on campus. Using curriculum developed by California Campus Compact and Campus Compact of the Mountain West, we provide an in-depth institute on components and practices of quality and rigorous community engagement, as well as the opportunity to connect directly with community partners to co-create courses and/or research projects.

There is no charge to the campus host for the curriculum, materials, or facilitation. The curriculum will be customized to meet the host campuses’ needs, but the invitation will also be extended to other campus faculty to participate as space allows. Host campuses must provide the food and facilities and can opt to provide stipends to faculty and/or community partners (but this is not a requirement).

If you are interested in hosting an institute on your campus in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, please contact Sinda at snichols {at} compact(.)org.

Our staff and our partners are available to facilitate experiential content from our civic agency workshop series for students, faculty, staff, and community audiences.

If your campus team is ready to develop a civic action plan, or revisit and advance an existing plan, we are available to facilitate full or half-day team planning retreats. See civic action planning resources here.

Some of the other workshops we have recently offered include the following:

  • Dialogue across Lines of Difference
    In a context characterized by profound polarization, many of us are working to build and deepen students’ capacity for dialogue across lines of difference. In this interactive workshop, participants will experience a dialogue strategy useful across a range of contexts, discuss how to create a solid foundation for constructive dialogue, and receive information on a range of specific dialogue models and how to select one based on a specific course context and goals.
  • Skills for Difficult Conversations
    Add new tools to your toolbox for navigating conflict, especially when different cultural modes of communication are at play. This session will provide strategies for staying self-aware and agile in difficult conversations, and as well as some techniques to help you listen well and get your message across when tensions are high.
  • Strategies for Student Reflection
    Faculty and staff are invited to learn about a variety of tools and techniques designed to elicit authentic reflection from students useful throughout the learning process. Presenters will review several reflection strategies useful in a variety of teaching-learning contexts, including integrative learning.
  • Teaching through a Civic Lens: Seeing the Spectrum of Opportunities
    In this interactive workshop, participants will use an inventory tool to consider the various factors that shape their civic lens on teaching. After reviewing key research, we will discuss civic learning outcomes applicable across the disciplines and explore a broad spectrum of classroom and community-based pedagogies suited to achieving those goals in specific course contexts.
  • What Does It Mean to Be a Responsibly Engaged Citizen?
    Faculty and staff are invited to explore different interpretations of and goals for students’ engagement in the world. Using an inventory tool, participants will consider the various factors that shape their approach to developing students as citizens. Through the lens of multiple models, we discuss how citizenship is conceptualized within disciplines, among students, and at the college as a whole, and discuss implications for teaching and supporting students high impact and integrative learning experiences. 

We are also available to:

  • Present on-campus workshops for faculty on different approaches to community-engaged learning, scholarship, and institutional practices;
  • Facilitate strategic planning and team development retreats with staff and faculty;
  • Introduce teams to asset-based approaches to collaborative public work;
  • Speak at conferences about the case for civic engagement and effective strategies for faculty development;
  • Serve on search committees for key civic engagement positions; and
  • Participate in conversations about institutionalization efforts, new programs, and engaging graduate students.

The MNCC staff is always eager to learn more about strengths in the network. If you would be interested in sharing your knowledge and experience with colleagues across the state, please be in touch.


Any member campus or affiliate organization is welcome to contact us for short-term advice and consulting as a benefit of membership/affiliation. Working on assessment or strategic planning? Looking for a speaker or resource on a specific topic? MNCC staff members are available by phone and email, as well as campus visits.

MNCC is also available to provide more substantial consulting, such as facilitating dialogues or conducting workshops specifically tailored to your needs or conducting an external program review. Members receive a 50% discount on these services.

Standard cost per staff trainer/facilitator:
$250 half day/ $500 full day (plus travel expenses) for members and affiliates
$500 half day/ $1000 full day (plus travel expenses) for non-members

If you would like to bring us to campus but the rates above are prohibitive, please contact us about the possibility of negotiating a different arrangement.

What campuses say about working with us:

“I can’t remember the last time that a faculty-development workshop was *so* invigorating, educational, and thought-provoking. You’ve really enriched my thinking about my course.” – Amy Hamlin, Associate Professor of Art History, St. Catherine University.

“They took the time to listen and understand what we needed and how it fit into our larger goals for the program. They delivered a high quality workshop that was very well received. We plan to have them run this session again next fall.” -Justin James, Professor of Mathematics, Minnesota State University, Moorhead

“The Minnesota Campus Compact team did a wonderful job facilitating an engaging and thoughtful workshop on Asset Based Community Development and cultural self-awareness for our training program. I would highly recommend them!” – Brian Hilliard, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota