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November 2020

Post-Election Network Gathering

November 6 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join colleagues from across Iowa and Minnesota to gather and connect after election day. Register now via Zoom.

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NIF Forum Dialogue: “Policing: What Should We Do to Ensure Equal Justice and Fair Treatment in Our Communities?”

November 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

NIF Forum Dialogue: “Policing: What Should We Do to Ensure Equal Justice and Fair Treatment in Our Communities?”, Thursday, November 12th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (Free for students on Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact member campuses, Register now via Zoom) The goal of the the NIF Forum Dialogue on Policing is to provide an opportunity for lively, engaging dialogue with students and other stakeholders from across our member campuses that will also serve as a helpful entry point for the Civic Action Academy program the following day, starting with the Civic Action Academy keynote by Jason Sole, Founder of the Humanize My Hoodie Movement, 2019 recipient of a John Legend “Can’t Just Preach” award, author of the memoir From Prison to PhD, and former President of the Minneapolis NAACP. 

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2020 Social Changemaker Challenge

November 13
Zoom web conference

Brought to you by Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact and Principal Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) is excited to announce the 2020 Social Changemaker Challenge, funded by Principal. The Challenge is open to current college students in business or related majors interested in using emerging business skills to address complex social problems. Student teams will be supported in taking a systems-level approach to understanding the problem, identifying gaps, and proposing solutions. The Social Changemaker Challenge uses higher education’s human capital to create innovative solutions to complex social problems. It helps students get experience addressing complex social problems by demonstrating highly sought-after workforce skills like leadership, problem-solving, critical thinking, adaptability, and teamwork. Student teams will work with a local community or campus partner to submit an application to participate. The application will include a description of the problem and plans for the partnership. IAMNCC staff will select and invite student-community teams to the innovation challenge day. On the day of…

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2020 Civic Action Academy

November 13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Registration now open! The 2020 Civic Action Academy will be held on November 13 online. For the fourth year in a row, this unique professional development opportunity will bring students from Iowa and Minnesota together to learn new ways of making a difference and building skills through civic and community engagement. Sessions will offer skill-building in civic action including philanthropy, leadership, dialogue, advocacy, and more. Students will also have a chance to learn what others are doing on other campuses and network with peers. The event is free to anyone from Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact member campuses. Those from non-member campuses can register for $25. View the 2020 Civic Action Academy schedule & directory.

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Critical Conversation: Historical Perspective on “Unprecedented” Times

November 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom web conference

2020 has offered no shortage of opportunities for important dialogue about our nation’s future. While dialogue may be more difficult this year as we all reconsider what it means to be together and safe, it has never been more important. At Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact, we believe higher education has a key role to play in both leading the conversations and preparing students for the skills needed for them. Our Critical Conversations reflective dialogue series will support these critical efforts. Through the fall and into 2021, we will offer monthly Critical Conversations dialogue opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and community members interested in building their skills as dialogue participants and facilitators. The monthly sessions will offer an opportunity for reflective practice and engagement on a topical prompt and with featured dialogue tools. The sessions will engage participants in sample dialogues and time to reflect on how the featured prompts and models might translate to their home campuses, organizations, and/or…

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Webinar: Measuring Mutual Benefit and Reciprocity in Community Engagement and Public Service Activities

November 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Mutual benefit and reciprocity are arguably the defining characteristics/principles of the Carnegie Foundation's definition for community engagement partnerships. In this session, we examine how these two characteristics/principles are often conflated as synonyms by researchers, administrators, and practitioners (Dostilio, et al, 2012; Janke, 2018), and offer definitions and measures that demonstrate their distinctiveness. We will share an emerging research program that is aimed at creating greater conceptual clarity and operationalization of these two terms in how we measure and track community engagement activities and partnerships. We explicate the terms (mutual benefit and reciprocity), describe measures developed to track these aspects of partnerships, and share initial findings of and reflections on 800+ partnerships tracked using Collaboratory(™). Participants will then engage in dialogue around the emerging results to further the development of a construct for measuring reciprocity and mutual benefit, with the hope that it will allow researchers to better establish parameters for inclusion/exclusion of partnerships in studies, allowing larger samples of “apples…

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December 2020

Webinar: Co-Producing Knowledge in Environmental Justice Research and Teaching

December 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

The 21st century is an era of rapid environmental change, from rising sea levels to the growth of cities. Globally, low-income communities and youth constitute a majority of the urban population and experience disproportionate impacts, yet their perspectives are often not included in the planning and design of their environments. Advancing environmental justice requires critically examining what counts as knowledge and applying inclusive and equitable approaches to nurturing knowledge in the next generation. Community-engaged teaching and research offer valuable opportunities to recognize multiple ways of knowing, such as local expertise held by community members. Yet, putting this into practice can often be challenging. Drawing upon a framework that elevates and recognizes multiple forms of knowing, this interactive session will examine how community-engaged teaching and research integrates these ways of knowing alongside more traditional forms of academic knowledge. Instructors in the fields of urban studies and civil engineering, along with a community partner focused on climate change resilience, will share their…

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Webinar: The Arc of Citizenship Bends Toward Justice When We Work Alongside Communities

December 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

This webinar provides participants with ideas and resources to work alongside community organizations in mutually beneficial and reciprocal partnerships to deepen community-engaged civic learning. Participants will learn about our educational initiatives and community experiential learning programs that focus on redressing racial and socioeconomic inequities. Presenters will highlight the development and implementation of partnerships between James Madison University and local civic actors and community organizations in the broader Shenandoah Valley on programming, including: experiential learning tours of key sites related to slavery and the ongoing struggle for freedom and rights, and the contributions of social justice movements to American society and democracy; ensuring a complete count in the 2020 Census; education and mobilization for full participation in elections; and equitable responses to community needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Participants will be guided through a design thinking based idea generation and solutions development process to identify how faculty, staff, students and community partners can work together to identify area-specific needs and connect…

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Critical Conversation: Civic Agency in a Pandemic

December 17 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom web conference

2020 has offered no shortage of opportunities for important dialogue about our nation’s future. While dialogue may be more difficult this year as we all reconsider what it means to be together and safe, it has never been more important. At Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact, we believe higher education has a key role to play in both leading the conversations and preparing students for the skills needed for them. Our Critical Conversations reflective dialogue series will support these critical efforts. Through the fall and into 2021, we will offer monthly Critical Conversations dialogue opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and community members interested in building their skills as dialogue participants and facilitators. The monthly sessions will offer an opportunity for reflective practice and engagement on a topical prompt and with featured dialogue tools. The sessions will engage participants in sample dialogues and time to reflect on how the featured prompts and models might translate to their home campuses, organizations, and/or…

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January 2021

Critical Conversation: Reimagining Higher Education

January 22, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom web conference

2020 has offered no shortage of opportunities for important dialogue about our nation’s future. While dialogue may be more difficult this year as we all reconsider what it means to be together and safe, it has never been more important. At Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact, we believe higher education has a key role to play in both leading the conversations and preparing students for the skills needed for them. Our Critical Conversations reflective dialogue series will support these critical efforts. Through the fall and into 2021, we will offer monthly Critical Conversations dialogue opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and community members interested in building their skills as dialogue participants and facilitators. The monthly sessions will offer an opportunity for reflective practice and engagement on a topical prompt and with featured dialogue tools. The sessions will engage participants in sample dialogues and time to reflect on how the featured prompts and models might translate to their home campuses, organizations, and/or…

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May 2021

Midwest Campus Compact Conference

May 25, 2021 - May 27, 2021
Saint Louis University, 1 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103 United States
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Meet us in St. Louis! The Campus Compacts of the Great Plains, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin invite you to join us for the 2021 Midwest Campus Compact Conference being held May 25-27, 2021 at St. Louis University in St. Louis Missouri. Stay tuned for more information!

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