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Civic Action Academy

November 9 - November 10


We hope to see you at the second annual Civic Action Academy! Registration is now open.

This is a unique professional development opportunity for students interested in learning new ways of making a difference and building skills through civic and community engagement.

The event will be held November 9 and 10, 2018 at Drake University in Des Moines. Students from across the Midwest and beyond (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to learn from professional across sectors. Sessions will offer skill-building in civic action including philanthropy, nonprofit leadership, dialogue, advocacy and more. Students will also have a chance to learn what others are doing on other campuses and network with peers.

Students, staff, and faculty from Campus Compact member institutions can register at a discount for only $25 per person using the code “iaccmember.” 

Keynote Announced

Mike Draper
Keynote for 2018 Civic Action Academy

Mike Draper was born at East 5th and University in Des Moines in 1982. He now owns RAYGUN, which is headquartered at East 5th and Grand in Des Moines. So, geographically, Mike has not come very far in life. RAYGUN has additional locations in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Kansas City. It designs, it prints, it sells, and it employs about 60 people. RAYGUN has been called “The Greatest Store in the Universe” by RAYGUN.

Mike’s talk about this entrepreneurial experience is going to be an emotional roller coaster. So pack Kleenex and and extra pair of socks (in case the pair you’re wearing get blown off). He’ll talk business, family, community, and the power of words on stuff. 

Agenda Overview

Friday, November 9, 2018

1:00 pm   Opening Session and Welcome
1:30 pm   Breakout Session
2:45 pm   Breakout Session
4:00 pm   The Greatest Keynote in the Universe, Mike Draper, Raygun (see below)
Join us as Mike shares his experience as an entrepreneur and how he found a unique way to give back to his community.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

9:00 am   Breakfast Plenary
10:15 am Breakout Session
11:30 am Lunch Plenary and Keynote
1:00 pm   Breakout Session
2:15 pm   Breakout Session
3:30 pm   Closing Plenary

Request for Student Proposals

Iowa Campus Compact is please to invite proposals from interested students in all disciplines to present at the Iowa Civic Action Academy. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, September 28, 2018. Presentations will be scheduled for either 1 PM on Friday, November 9, 2018 or 2:15 PM Saturday, November 10, 2018. All presenters will have access to outlets, a computer, and a projector.
Presentations can be facilitated by individuals or a group. This is an opportunity for students at any stage of their academic career to share their work with their peers and academics.
DEADLINE: The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, September 28, 2018. Applications can be submitted online at: https://iacampuscompact.formstack.com/forms/icaa_session_proposal


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Drake University
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311 United States
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