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POSTPONED: Community Engagement Professional Retreat

June 22 @ 2:00 pm - June 24 @ 2:00 pm


Campus Compact has a long history of creating spaces for personal and professional growth for those leading the public purpose of higher education. This retreat is designed by and for Community Engagement Professionals (CEPs) to carry on that tradition and create a unique reflective learning space. We are seeking to create a diverse group of attendees representing a variety of contexts, cultures, identities, and experiences to enhance learning, reflection and growth for all. See below for more information. 

Application Suspended

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we are looking at alternatives to the planned dates and have therefore suspended the application process at this time. Updates to be posted soon.

Retreat Goals

  • Relax in a welcoming environment, recognizing that our work is challenging and requires time for reflection and recharging
  • Create an inclusive learning community in which personal and professional experiences are honored
  • Reflect on the gifts and passion participants bring to this work, and affirm their commitment to the field
  • Expand participants’ capacity to deepen engagement across the institution, lead through times of change in higher education, and exercise leadership with an equity lens
  • Explore tensions and challenges inherent in the work and identify ways to address them
  • Share tools and strategies to strengthen participants’ ability to foster and deepen their campus’s engagement with communities
  • Prepare to apply for the Community Engagement Fundamentals micro-credential through reflection and action planning
  • Envision and strategize how they can help shape the future of the field
  • Develop an individual action plan to share their learning and further the work on their campuses and beyond

Design Principles

  • Designed with the Community Engagement Professional in mind. CEPs are often boundary spanners, tempered radicals, institutional changemakers, program administrators, holders of multiple ways of knowing, and more
  • Address race, culture, power, and identity in program design and content. Commit to never being colorblind in the way content is approached
  • Facilitate collaborative learning experiences rather than knowledge transfer
  • Create small group spaces for those at similar stages of professional development to connect and learn from one another
  • Cultivate mentorship through paired and small group opportunities for relationship building across professional stages
  • Leave participants with concrete plans for action

Planning Committee Members

  • Alyssa Melby, Assistant Director for Academic Civic Engagement, St. Olaf College
  • Kendra Weber, Director of Student & Community Engagement, Winona State University
  • Ashley Farmer-Hanson, Assistant Vice President of Student Success, Buena Vista University
  • Madeline Carrera, Impact Program Coordinator (Service Learning Coordinator), Gateway Technical College
  • Cynthia Stewart, Assistant Director,  Academic Internships, Loyola University Chicago
  • Karen Pritchard, Bonner Leader Program Assistant, Edgewood College

Location and Costs

Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road, Woodstock, IL 60098

Retreat registration is $500 per participant for staff and faculty of Campus Compact member institutions and $1,000 for those not affiliated with a member campus. This includes housing (hotel style rooms with all linens provided), all meals, and parking.

Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) provides a peaceful setting where individuals and groups are empowered to do the work necessary for reconnection and renewal of the mind, body, and spirit. Located in rural Woodstock, Illinois, about 50 miles northwest of Chicago, the campus boasts a prairie, woodlands, an oak savannah, ponds, and wetlands.

A limited number of scholarships are available that would reduce the cost to $250. Please indicate in the application if you request consideration for this.


February 2020 – Application released

April 24, 2020 – Application due Application suspended

May 4, 2020 – Applicants notified of acceptance TBD

June 22-24, 2020 – Retreat TBD

Tentative Agenda

Monday, June 22, 2020
2 PM to 8 PM Opening sessions and dinner

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
9 AM to 4 PM Sessions
Evening Dinner on your own and optional activities

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
9 AM to 2 PM Sessions, lunch and closing

Selection Process

Planning committee members will review applications and select attendees with the goal of maximizing the available retreat space and creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Attendees from any geographic area will be considered, but priority will be given to Campus Compact members in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.


June 22 @ 2:00 pm
June 24 @ 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact


Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S Country Club Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098
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