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.
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.