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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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November 2020

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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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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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. 2020 Civic Action Academy schedule & directory You're also invited to join us November 12 for an optional pre-event NIF Forum Dialogue: “Policing: What Should We Do to Ensure Equal Justice and Fair Treatment in Our Communities?” from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (Free for students on Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact member campuses, learn more).

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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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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
Zoom web conference

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 National Issues Forum Dialogue on Policing is to provide an opportunity to practice respectful and 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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Post-Election Network Gathering

November 6 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Recognizing that there will likely be many unknowns after Election Day this year, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact will host a network gathering on Friday, November 6 from 11 to 1 p.m. to offer the opportunity for colleagues from across Iowa and Minnesota to connect and share ideas, reflections, and plans for next steps. In the registration link, we've included space to add suggested questions and topics to the agenda.  Register now via Zoom.

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October 2020

Critical Conversation: Voting During a Global Health Crisis

October 16 @ 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: Increasing International Connections for Knowledge Mobilization

October 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Community engagement professionals from UW-Madison will facilitate a session with EU practitioners to increase cross-country connections for knowledge exchange. With so much output around engagement within our own borders, it can be difficult knowing where to access new knowledge coming out globally, and there is much to share between countries about different ways to organize community-based research in all its forms (CBR, CBPR, PAR). In our experience, graduate students and new faculty have said they want to learn more about different models to create equitable research and class projects. The International Living Knowledge Network of “Science Shops” has a 40-year history using principles of knowledge co-creation in a ‘brokerage’ type fashion. Forging positive links with researchers in the EU and beyond would also yield mutually beneficial exchanges of information and resources in both directions, helping increase the reach of CBR and innovation projects globally. While current U.S. political polarization creates heavy headwinds for science and research, many U.S. individuals and…

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Webinar: Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement

October 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Stanford University's Haas Center for Public Service has collaborated with 55 public, private, two- and four-year institutions since 2013 to develop an innovative holistic framework: "Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement." The pathways describe a range of possibilities by which students can contribute to the common good: community-engaged learning/research; community organizing/activism; direct service; philanthropy; policy/governance; and social entrepreneurship/corporate social responsibility. The framework guides students in exploring how the pathways differ from each other in language, practice, and impact, and how pathways might intersect to effect social change. A free online survey surfaces student predispositions and interests toward the pathways; opens students' eyes to lifelong career, engagement, and leadership opportunities; and assists community engagement practitioners in developing relevant programming. Presenters will share multi-institution research resulting from the survey. Survey data informs practitioners, who can place students in community settings where they have strong pathway inclinations, encourage students to explore pathways they hadn't considered, or ensure they experience all six pathways…

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Network Meeting: Current Issues in Higher Education

October 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom web conference

Join colleagues from across Iowa and Minnesota for connection, resource-sharing, and new ideas. This gathering is open to faculty, staff, student leaders, and partners from our member institutions. We will have facilitated discussion on current events and issues in higher education community engagement. Wednesday, October 7, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Zoom web conference Register here for a custom Zoom link.

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Network Meeting: Anti-Racist Action and the Civic Mission

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom web conference

In an effort to promote an opportunity for healing, reflection, and growth, we offering a virtual gathering space for our network. The recent shootings of Jacob Blake and Trayford Pellerin by police, as well as the multiple attacks and shootings on Black Lives Matter protesters by white supremacists in the following days, are a continuance of the current and historical trauma of Black communities through police brutality and systemic racism. We invite you to join us virtually as we identify actions within the civic mission of higher education where we can take to make change together as people of color and allies committed to equity. We welcome the participation of staff, faculty, administrators, and students from across the Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact Network as we process both recent and historical events.  Register here to join us at noon on October 2.

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September 2020

Iowa Campus Voting Summit

September 25 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online

Join us for the free, virtual Iowa Campus Voting Summit, a nonpartisan student voter engagement summit to help campuses prepare for student voting this fall and beyond. This event aims to solidify campus efforts to get their faculty, staff, administration, and students out to vote for the 2020 General Election and the future elections. The Iowa Campus Voting Summit will be hosted live online on Friday, September 25th, 2020 from 12pm-4pm CT on Zoom. Individuals can register for this free virtual event here. Please share this opportunity widely. The University of Iowa, the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, Iowa Campus Compact, and the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition are hosting this statewide Iowa Campus Voting Summit.  Agenda 12:00 pm - Welcome from Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate 12:15 pm - Plenary: The State of Student Voting in Iowa with Daniel Zeno, Policy and Advocacy Director, ACLU of Iowa 12:45 to 1:30 pm - Concurrent Session 1 (choose one) I…

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Network-Wide Constitution Day Fulfilling the Promise of Full Citizenship Virtual Dialogue

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom web conference

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 communities.  The series will begin with dialogue tied to Constitution Day on September 17. This is a day on which publicly-funded schools and government offices are required to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.” For several years, we have promoted and supported the idea of leveraging this requirement as a day for campus and community dialogue. In honor of this milestone, we are preparing a dialogue guide: Fulfilling the Promise of Full Citizenship: History as Foresight into the Continued…

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Iowa Network Gathering: Community Partnerships

September 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Zoom web conference

Join colleagues from Iowa and community organization staff from the Volunteer Managers of Central Iowa for a discussion on community-campus partnerships during COVID. We'll hear from community organization staff about their challenges and volunteer needs, connect, reflect, and brainstorm new ideas for our work together. The event will include Central Iowa partners, but higher education representatives from other parts of the state are welcome to join. Goals: Learn about nonprofit needs right now Learn about campus policies and options right now Make new connections Discuss ways of setting up future connections Resources to Review: Community Partner Study: https://iacampuscompact.org/resource-posts/higher-education-and-community-organization-partnerships-in-iowa-are-prolific-vital/ Social Change Wheel: https://iacampuscompact.org/resource-posts/social-change-wheel-2-0-toolkit/ Give Get Model: http://jces.ua.edu/establishing-and-evaluating-equitable-partnerships/  Agenda: Introductions and resources Small group breakout discussions: What are your best campus-community partnership examples? What makes them great? What do you have to give partnerships right now? What do you want to get right now? How is that different now from usual times?  Large group share out and group discussion:  What are the themes? How can…

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Network Conversations: Connecting and Reflecting in a Time of Unrest

September 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom web conference

In an effort to promote an opportunity for healing, reflection, and growth, we offering a virtual gathering space for our network. The recent shootings of Jacob Blake and Trayford Pellerin by police, as well as the multiple attacks and shootings on Black Lives Matter protesters by white supremacists in the following days, are a continuance of the current and historical trauma of Black communities through police brutality and systemic racism. We invite you to join us virtually as we work to build community, support each other, and consider actions we can take to make change together as people of color and allies committed to equity. We welcome the participation of staff, faculty, administrators, and students from across the Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact Network as we process both recent and historical events.  Register here to join us Friday, Sept. 11

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Fulfilling the Promise of Full Citizenship Dialogue Training

September 2 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom web conference

In honor of Constitution Day, this dialogue guide will bring together conversations about history, including this year’s 19th amendment bicentennial, realities of the suppression of Black voters, and conversations about how to meaningfully engage with the 2020 presidential election during a global pandemic. It will provide the basis for us to have a nuanced and action-minded discussion about the history, the current state, and the future of voting and civic engagement in the United States. Join this training to build facilitation skills and prepare to facilitate this dialogue on your campus.

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August 2020

Network Gathering

August 12 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Join colleagues from across Iowa and Minnesota to connection, resource-sharing, and ideas for the challenging year ahead. This gathering is open to faculty, staff, student leaders, and partners from our member institutions. We will have facilitated discussion on fall semester plans and contingencies. We will also discuss how we want to stay connected throughout this year as a network. Wednesday, August 12, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on Zoom web conference Register here for a custom Zoom link.

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Webinar: Virtual Mentoring and Tutoring During COVID-19: Preventing K-12 Learning Loss and Building an Online Model for the Future

August 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom web conference

In response to COVID-19 and the call from community partners in Tampa Bay, the University of South Florida’s Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships moved quickly to facilitate collaborations for online mentoring and tutoring. By utilizing resources at the University and community organizations’ close ties to families in Hillsborough County, a new pathway to prevent K-12 learning loss during COVID-19 emerged. USF’s College of Education recognized the urgency for practicum students and student tutor employees to continue learning and working during the pandemic. College of Education (COEDU) students were connected with local community organizations to host online tutoring and mentoring sessions with K-12 youth. The central mission of the program was to prevent K-12 learning loss during COVID-19 in Tampa Bay while COEDU students continued their education and employment in the spring/summer semesters. Key stakeholders across the University also provided support to transition from in-person to online K-12 student support. These efforts sought to build the foundation for an online…

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July 2020

Webinar: Student Leadership in a Time of Global Crisis: From Ideas to Action for Full Participation in the 2020 Census & Elections

July 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom web conference

Democracy works best when all perspectives are included, but college students face unique barriers to participating in civic life. This panel will present how the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement and Dukes Vote are building the capacity of students as they lead 2020 Census and voter engagement initiatives. Presenters will discuss how students developed and implemented a campus civic engagement plan and what they’ve learned as best practices and strategies for achieving full participation even in a time of global crisis. Nonpartisan campus-wide student-led civic engagement initiatives are central components to lifelong participation in democratic self-governance. The presentation will consist of a panel of JMU students that have first-hand experience building and implementing a campus civic engagement action plan. Participants will be introduced to best practices for conducting census outreach (deadline for response extended to October 31, 2020), and voter education and mobilization, and developing and advocating contingencies during a time of global crisis that prevents in-person social interactions.…

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