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Engaged Campus Awards and Summit

May 9, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

The fifth annual Engaged Campus Awards are coming! We are looking forward to having the event in Cedar Rapids for the first time. An outline of the nomination process is available on the Engaged Campus Awards page.

The 2018 Engaged Campus Awards will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The event will be held at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Presidents, senior leaders, and committee members are invited to join our board meeting at 10 am. Please contact Emily Shields at eshields {at} compact(.)org for more information.

AmeriCorps VISTA members attending the Life After VISTA event should use the registration code.

11:30 am to 1:30 pm Engaged Campus Awards Luncheon

Connecting our campuses and our communities in challenging (and changing) times

We live in challenging and changing times. Major disruptions in our economic, social and political structures have led to questions about the purpose and meaning of many of our institutions including our colleges and universities. This upheaval can cause stress, conflict and uncertainty. Yet, challenge and change also can spark creativity and innovation. Following the presentation of our awards and recognition of Civic Action Plans, keynote speaker Kent Koth will explore several emerging trends in campus and community engagement that offer significant promise for transforming our campuses, our local communities and our nation.

Attendees can register as individuals for $35 or purchase a table of 8 for $250. Awardees and one guest will be invited to attend free of charge. See the tickets for more information.

Awards nominations are due March 30, 2018. Learn more.

1:30-3:30 pm Deep Dive Workshop

Place-based community engagement as a way of transforming campus and community

Widely known through the work of the Harlem Children’s Zone and the federal government’s Promise and Choice Neighborhood programs, geographically specific community engagement initiatives have the potential to positively address the challenges of inequity and injustice within our communities. While we may be familiar with these types of place-based initiatives from non-profit organizations or governmental grants, less is known about this type of strategy in higher education. Through a presentation of a recent national study and book on place-based community engagement in higher education and a discussion with several leaders of place-based efforts in higher education in Iowa, this session will explore the potential for this strategy to transform campuses and communities.

Register by by April 30, 2018.

About the Presenter: Kent Koth

As the founding director of the Seattle University Center for Community Engagement, Kent has overseen a rapid expansion of campus-community partnerships that have received national recognition.  Since 2009, Kent has also directed the Seattle University Youth Initiative, a long-term commitment by Seattle University faculty, staff and students from all disciplines to join with parents, the Seattle School District, the City of Seattle, foundations, and more than 30 community organizations to provide a pathway of support for children of several local neighborhoods to succeed in school and in life.  Kent is also an adjunct faculty member in the Seattle University Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Program.

Kent and a colleague, Erica Yamamura, have recently written a book Place-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education: A Strategy to Transform Universities and Communities that is due to be published by Stylus in spring 2018.  In addition, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kent is developing a national network of faith-based universities engaging in place-based community engagement.

Earlier in his career, Kent served as executive director of a non-profit K-12 community service organization in California. He also worked in community engagement positions at the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University and at Willamette University. Kent received his B.A. from Grinnell College and M.A. from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.  Kent is originally from Iowa and currently resides with his spouse and two children in Seattle, Washington.


May 9, 2018
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Iowa Campus Compact
(515) 207-0049


Coe College
1220 1st Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 United States
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