Communities of Practice

Iowa Campus Compact works to support and connect staff image2and faculty charged with leading community engagement efforts on their campuses.

In addition to our other events and programs, we are offering a set of six issue-focused Communities of Practice (CoPs) in 2017-18. These CoPs are open to faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community partners affiliated with the University of Minnesota and Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin Campus Compact member campuses.

CoPs will launch with an in-person gathering on October 13, 2017 in a Minneapolis/St. Paul location TBD, and then meet four times* via video conference call. (*The Equity and Empowerment Lens CoP will have seven calls.) Each CoP is co-facilitated by leaders from our network, and there is no charge to participate.

We are currently accepting applications to participate, due by September 8, 2017Complete the application here. 

The following six regional Communities of Practice are being offered in 2017-18:

1) Equity and Empowerment Lens 
2) Promoting Understanding through Listening and Storytelling
3) Developing as Community Engagement Professionals
4) Strengthening Our Personal and Institutional Capacity for Reflective Practice
5) The Scholarship of Engagement Viewed from Community and Academic Lenses: Mirror Image or Distinctive Reflections?
6) Implementing Your Civic Action Plan

Learn more about each topic here.


See our Events Page for upcoming opportunities!

Iowa Community Engagement Professionals

Allen College
Anna Wehling Weepie, Professor and Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Nursing Program

Buena Vista University
Ashley Farmer-Hanson, Assistant Dean for Student Life & Director of Civic Engagement

Central College
Cheri Doane, Director of Community Based Learning
Jessica Klyn de Novelo, Associate Director, Community-Based Learning

Clarke University
Andrea Bixler, Associate Professor of Biology
Kari Vize, Director of Compass and Career Services

Coe College
Kayla Lyftogt, Director of Service-Learning and Campus Engagement
Kara Trebil, Program Coordinator

Cornell College
Katie Wilson, Assistant Director of Civic Engagement

Des Moines University
Brianne Sanchez, Community Relations Manager

Drake University
Renee Sedlacek, Director of Community Engaged Learning
Amanda MartinAmeriCorps and Service-Learning Programs Coordinator

Grand View University
Heidi Pries, Director of Student Involvement and New Student Programs
Annah Hackett, Community Engagement Librarian

Grinnell College
Susan Sanning, Director of Service & Social Innovation
Keira Wilson, Assistant Director of Service & Social Innovation

Iowa State University
Chad Higgins, Senior Director, ISU Extension and Outreach

Iowa Wesleyan University
Jack BrunsDirector of Career Services, Internships, and Service Learning

Iowa Western Community College
Matt MancusoDean of Distance Education and Pathway Development

Loras College
Maggie Baker, Service Learning Coordinator

Mercy College of Health Sciences
Karen Anderson, Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

Morningside College
Gene Ambroson, Special Project Assistant

Mount Mercy University
Isaiah Corbin, Director of Volunteerism and Service Learning

Simpson College
Bobbi Meyer, Director of Career Development and Civic Engagement
Anna Pena, Service Coordinator

University of Iowa
Linda Snetselaar, Associate Provost for Outreach and Engagement

University of Northern Iowa
Julianne Gassman, Administrative Fellow for Community Engagement

Wartburg College
Kristin Teig Torres, Assistant Director and Service-Learning Coordinator