The 2016-2017 academic year is just wrapping up, but we already have some great plans for 2017-2018! Check them out and make plans to join us and make the most of these opportunities.
June 6-7, 2017, Midwest Campus Compact Conference
Loyola University, Chicago
August 2017, Network Retreat
TBD, Des Moines
September 22, 2017, Workshop with Dr. Stephen Black
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls
November 3-4, 2017, Iowa Student Civic Action Academy
Grand View University, Des Moines
February 2018, Network Retreat
March 25-28, 2018, National Campus Compact Conference
May 2018, Engaged Campus Awards and Summit
Grants and Other Opportunities
Giving Voice to the Civic Mission – we will continue to build one this initiative with opportunities to showcase your campuses community engagement work and new resources for connecting students, parents, and businesses to the value of that work.
Civic Action Planning – training and resources for institutions working to leverage existing community and campus assets for maximum impact on shared campus and community goals. Access online knowledge hubs, national coaches, and share your plan.
Capacity Self-Assessment Cohort – campuses interested in preparing for the next round of Carnegie Community Engagement Classification or simply understanding their strengths, setting goals, and tracking progress may join this cohort each year. Cohorts will have the opportunity to gather in person at each Network Retreat and virtually throughout each semester.
Communities of Practice – a collaborative learning and leadership initiative with six groups facilitated by campus leaders and focusing on critical topics related to community engagement and equity, reflective practice, dialogue across differences, collaborative research, and partnerships within and across higher education institutions – interested faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners may apply to participate through September 8, 2017; participants will convene in person October 13, 2017, then meet virtually throughout the academic year
Iowa College AmeriCorps Program – campuses can operate a local program for students to serve 300 hours building capacity for campus and community partnerships.
VISTA Community Corps – campus and nonprofit partners can access full-time capacity building support for initiatives related to education and economic opportunity.
Faculty Initiatives – faculty can apply for support for research that informs the field of community engagement. We also offer a variety of workshops that can be delivered for faculty on member campuses, including an Engaged Faculty Institute.
Civic Agency Initiative – online workshop facilitation guides, toolkits, and other resources to build students’ civic agency and leadership capacity through self-knowledge, skills for working collaboratively, and strategies for making change – an initial set of 19 workshop guides is freely accessible on our online.
Network Retreats – day-long retreats twice per year offer the opportunity to network and collaborate with faculty and staff across the state leading community engagement efforts. This year’s retreats will focus on Civic Action Plan implementation and bring together our self-assessment cohort participants.
Engaged Campus Awards and Summit – in Spring 2018 we will again offer the chance to nominate faculty, staff, students, organizations, partners and alumni for the Engaged Campus Awards.
Information sharing – weekly and monthly email newsletters and a website with resources highly valued by members, including opportunities for grants, presenting, and publishing. You can also find knowledge hubs and other resources online.
Individualized support and assistance – a core element of our work is supporting individual member campuses as they seek to expand and improve their civic and community engagement efforts; we encourage members to contact us if we might be helpful in presenting at on-campus workshops, facilitating strategic discussions, serving on search committees, identifying useful models or resources, answering questions or listening to your ideas, and anything else you would find valuable.