Engaged Campus

We support our member colleges and universities creating a culture of community engagement across campus. This includes creating transformative educational experiences and partnerships that prepare students for lives of engaged citizenship. It also includes working to positively impact communities through decision-making, research, and other means.

Civic Action Plans

In 2016, to mark the 30th Anniversary of Campus Compact, we asked all member presidents to sign the Civic Action Statement. All of Iowa’s member presidents answered the call and signed the statement and their campuses have begun to create and share Civic Action Plans.

These plans allow for campus-specific strategies to meet goals for civic action and community engagement. Each year, we lead a cohort of campuses through a strategic planning process. To join next year’s cohort, contact Emily Shields.

See campus plans and get resources for planning and implementation.

Communities of Practice

Each year, we convene Communities of Practice on key topics related to creating an engaged campus. Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of people who share an area of inquiry and engage in collective learning about that issue as it relates to their work or practice. Through discussions, joint activities, and relationship building, the community of practice develops a shared and individual repertoire of resources, skills, and knowledge to use in their practice. Communities of practice exist everywhere; from formalized meetings to informal lunch discussions among peers, they create connections between people, facilitate sharing knowledge, and lead to shared practices. CoPs meet monthly throughout each academic year on video conference and 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.

Faculty Development and Engagement

Iowa Campus Compact offers a range of opportunities for faculty interested in incorporating quality community engagement into their teaching and scholarship.

If you are looking for ways to engage new faculty or build new skills, we can provide development opportunities on your campus. We offer two-hour or half-day workshops on community engagement skills and practices, including partnership, assessment, reflection, and more. Contact Emily Shields to discuss and schedule.

Each year, we also 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. Contact Emily Shields for more information.

Consulting and Facilitation

Iowa Campus Compact staff has expertise in community engagement, student development, course development, strategic planning and facilitation that can help move your work forward on campus. As a part of member, campuses can take advantage of the opportunity for this support at no cost for most requests. Non-members and other organizations can also request support.

A few examples of what we can do:

  • Present on-campus workshops for faculty on different approaches to community-engaged learning and research, publishing opportunities, and advanced engagement work reaching across disciplines, units, or terms;
  • Facilitate strategic planning with campus leaders eager to integrate and deepen engaged teaching, research, and co-curricular programs;
  • Introduce a variety of stakeholders (community members, students, staff, faculty) to asset-based approaches to collaborative public work;
  • Speak at conferences about the case for civic engagement and effective strategies;
  • Serve on search committees for key civic engagement positions; and
  • Participate in conversations about institutionalization efforts.

Any member campus is welcome to contact us for short-term advice and consulting as a benefit of membership/affiliation. Our team 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 are eligible for one free service per year.

Standard cost per staff trainer/facilitator:

  • $250 half day/ $500 full day for members
  • $500 half day/ $1000 full day for non-members

For more information and scheduling contact Emily Shields.