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November 2019

2019 Civic Action Academy

November 8, 2019 - November 9, 2019
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA United States + Google Map
$25 – $75

See the agenda for the 2019 Civic Action Academy! This unique professional development opportunity for students interested in learning new ways of making a difference and building skills through civic and community engagement. The event will be held on November 8 and 9, 2019 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Students from across the Midwest and beyond (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to learn from professionals across sectors. 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. Accommodations The Cedar Valley has many accommodations to choose from for this event. A few suggestions are below. The Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau has a comprehensive list of hotels and motels in the area. Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel and Bien Venu Event Center 7400 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 (map) Country Inn…

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October 2019

Student-Ready Campus Summit

October 25, 2019
North Hennepin Community College, 7411 85th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445 United States
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$50

Join us on October 25, 2019 in the Twin Cities for a day of learning, sharing, and planning how to increasingly address students' non-academic needs, especially by engaging students as agents and leaders in this work and community partners as key allies. REGISTER TODAY Location: North Hennepin Community College, 7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445. Special thanks to our planning committee in helping create this event: Erika Christensen; University of Iowa Diane Haskins; Mercy College of Health Sciences Emma Kiley; AmeriCorps VISTA serving at Hamline University Azania Tripp; North Hennepin Community College Crystal Watts; AmeriCorps VISTA serving at Southwest Minnesota State University May Yang; LeadMN Agenda: 9:30 am: Registration and networking time 10 am - 11 am: Opening Remarks and Plenary Sinda Nichols, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact President Williamson, North Hennepin Community College 11:15 am - 12:15pm: Breakout Session 1 How to Develop Student-Engaged Projects to Address Students' Non-Academic Needs Carol L. Glasser, PhD, Associate Professor of…

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Preparing Students for Primaries and Caucuses

October 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Preparing Students for Primaries and Caucuses: Resource Sharing Zoom Call Register Here Join colleagues to discuss how we're preparing students for the 2020 Caucuses and Primaries. The Iowa Caucuses are on February 3, Minnesota Precinct Caucuses on February 25, and Minnesota Presidential Primary on March 3. This Zoom call will take place on October 16, 2-3 pm.

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September 2019

Engage the 2020 Census: Resources for the Whole Campus

September 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Prepare as Census 2020 approaches. This webinar will help faculty develop course plans and staff create programming that will bring the census to life. Speakers: Natalie Furlett, Sinda Nichols

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Community Engagement Network Gathering

September 26, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
West End Architectural Salvage, 22 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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September 26, 8:30 am to 10:30 am. Open House — come when you can. West End Architectural Salvage Join us for an informal breakfast gathering of college and university staff, faculty, and partners interested in issues of community and civic engagement in higher education. We’re creating this as an open space for networking, connection, and idea exchange among those who identify with Campus Compact’s mission and seek thoughtful collaborators. There is no cost to attend, but please register so we can plan for space. REGISTER HERE This gathering is part of a new, quarterly series of informal network gatherings in Des Moines. Look for additional events in December, February, and April. We will also be hosting gatherings in other regions of Iowa throughout the year. Contact Emily Shields with questions or if you'd like to host a gathering in your area.

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2020 Census Planning

September 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Zoom web conference

2020 Census: Resource Sharing Zoom Call Register Here Emerging research indicates most students don't understand basic facts about the census, including that it is mandated by the Constitution. Even though the Supreme Court recently decided against the inclusion of a citizenship status question, issues of mistrust are complicating the 2020 Census, and the stakes are high for a full and accurate count. Census counts determine how Pell grant dollars, school lunch program funding, and housing resources are allocated to states. That data also determines how many congressional districts each state has. Register below to join us on September 19, 1-2 pm for a conversation about how higher education can engage the census in courses and as an institution -- or peruse these curated resources. 

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Picturing Community Engagement: What we Say Through Images & Why it Matters

September 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Explore ways that photographs covey to students, faculty, and community partners what community-engaged learning is and can be. Speakers: David Donahue, Susan Munkres

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August 2019

Unicorns Unite: Building Epic Partnerships for a Better Iowa

August 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Franklin Junior High School, 4801 Franklin Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50310 United States
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$50

Have you dedicated your career to making the community a better place? Improving people’s lives? Sitting in a broken desk chair so there’s more funding available for programs?  You're a Unicorn! What’s a unicorn? Other than a mythical horse-creature, it’s also a way of describing the amazing people who make up the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Whether you're from a nonprofit, the government, a foundation, higher education, AmeriCorps, or some funky mix of these we need you to Unite with your fellow Unicorns on August 22nd at Franklin Jr. High in Des Moines. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Vu Le on his ideas for epic partnerships and new ways of working together and then spend the day in fun and interactive activities designed to spur relationships, challenge thinking, and launch a new era of collaboration for Iowa’s future. In his recent book “Unicorns Unite: How Nonprofits and Foundations Can Build Epic Partnerships,” Vu Le and co-authors…

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2020 Census Planning Institute

August 14, 2019 - August 15, 2019
Metropolitan State University, 700 7th St E
St. Paul, MN 51506 United States
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Free

Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis College, Carleton College, and Minnesota Campus Compact are partnering to organize a planning institute on Wednesday, August 14 from 10 am – 4 pm and Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 9 am to 3 pm at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. This gathering is designed for staff and faculty from campuses across the state in every higher education sector. Individuals or campus teams may attend, and no expertise on the census is expected of participants. We are seeking participants who are interested in the following: – Learning about higher education’s role in a complete 2020 Census count – Contributing to research on student census engagement, and – Taking time to plan curricular and co-curricular strategies to engage the census on campuses and in communities. Sessions for this two-day planning institute will include presentations from the Minnesota State Demographer’s Office and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, information on models for integrating the census into courses…

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Constitution Day Dialogue Planning

August 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Zoom web conference

Constitution Day Dialogue Initiative: Resource Sharing & Planning Zoom Call Register Here Topics: Campuses are welcome to choose any public issue as the focus of a Constitution Day Dialogue. Additionally, we've helped to develop a 2020 Census dialogue guide: "We all count. But will we all be counted?". Others plan to host dialogues on voting rights as we approach the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. More resources are available here. How to sign up: We're asking campuses to indicate if they plan to host a dialogue about a public issue on or around Constitution Day (September 17) by completing this short form before August 1. Planning support: Sign up for the planning Zoom call on August 9 from 1 - 2 pm, or contact Sinda Nichols at snichols@compact.org for a time to talk.

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May 2019

Midwest Campus Compact Conference

May 30, 2019 - May 31, 2019
University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 100 Church St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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Save the Date In 2019 the Midwest Campus Compact Conference will be held on May 30-31 at the University of Minnesota's East Bank Minneapolis campus. Stay tuned for more information, including the call for proposals in Fall 2018!

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April 2019

Annual Awards and Summit

April 29, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Dr
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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$40

Join us April 29, 2019 at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden for this inspiring event. Tickets are available now through April 19th. Award winners will receive one free ticket. Members colleges and universities and other organizations can also sponsor tables for $300. 11:30 am Awards Lunch and Keynote: The Business Case for Community Engagement Join us as we present the 2019 awards and for a keynote presentation from Mandi McReynolds, Director of Community Relations and the Foundation at Principal. Mandi will draw on her experiences in higher education and corporate philanthropy to talk about the promise of partnerships and the business case for community engagement. Three things about Mandi: 1.) I love to build things. Not with hammers. With people. 2.) Nothing beats swimming with my daughter, Ava.  In January we get to swim with dolphins in the middle of the sea. 3.) The game of social comparison never wins. Don’t worry about my resume. A passion to learn…

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Workshop: The Community College Commitment to Civic Engagement

April 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Hotel at Kirtwood Community College, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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$25

Civic engagement is vital to the education of all students and a core commitment of higher education. Living out that commitment looks different on a community college campus where student populations and faculty workloads often differ from other institutions.  Join Verdis Robinson, Campus Compact’s director of community college engagement, for a community college workshop. Through a series of small group dialogues, and larger conversations, we will explore the unique challenges and opportunities of community colleges and their critical role in preparing students to be informed, active, and mobilized citizens in their communities, states, and the world.  We will also examine aligning civic engagement with other community college priorities. This workshop is hosted by Campus Compact’s Community Colleges for Democracy, a national network dedicated to the advancement of civic learning and engagement at community colleges. This event is open to community college administrators, faculty, staff, and students from across Iowa and beyond. Attendees do not need to be current Campus Compact members for this…

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Webinar: Integrating Civic Outcomes Across a Major or Program

April 4, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference
Free
Iowa Campus Compact Webinar

In this webinar attendees will focus on identifying, articulating, and mapping civic learning and developmental outcomes (civic identity, civic-mindedness, civic agency, civic literacy, intercultural competency, etc.) for their program of study or major. A curriculum map is a tool to assure the content of a program of study or major is being presented and assessed, all content is linked to learning goals (e.g. institutional, accreditor), and that content is sufficient to reach learning and developmental goals. A curriculum mapping exercise can show gaps in learning, overlaps in content, and indicate where weaknesses or opportunities can and should be addressed.

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March 2019

Webinar: Community engagement and college completion

March 5, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom web conference
Iowa Campus Compact Webinar

Exploring the Connection: Community engagement and college completion Colleges and universities face the significant challenge to help students from all backgrounds enter and complete college in a timely manner. This webinar will highlight the potential that community engagement offers to increase college completion rates, using specific research studies that have contributed to the growing body of evidence that connects community engagement with student success for all students. Lynn E. Pelco, Ph.D., is associate vice provost for community engagement in the Division of Community Engagement at Virginia Commonwealth University where she also directs the Office of Service-Learning. She earned her Ph.D. in school psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and has held clinical, administrative and faculty appointments at the University of South Australia, Bucknell University, The College of William and Mary, and The Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine. Her research interests include university-community partnerships, service-learning, and university student development. Helen Rosenberg, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology and…

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February 2019

Spring 2019 Network Retreat

February 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Iowa Campus Compact (New HQ in the United Way Human Services Building), 1111 9th St.
Des Moines, IA 50314 United States
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$25

Join higher education staff, faculty, leaders, students, and partners for a network retreat focusing on important topics in higher education and community engagement. This event will focus on discussions about the new "Community Engagement Professional's Guidebook." Attendees are encouraged to purchase and read it in advance, but material from it will be provided to launch the conversation. Register to attend by Wednesday, February 13!

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Webinar: Curriculum design and mapping for civic learning

February 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom web conference
Iowa Campus Compact Webinar

Integrating Civic Outcomes Across a Major or Program: Curriculum design and mapping for civic learning In this webinar attendees will focus on identifying, articulating, and mapping civic learning and developmental outcomes (civic identity, civic-mindedness, civic agency, civic literacy, intercultural competency, etc.) for their program of study or major. A curriculum map is a tool to assure the content of a program of study or major is being presented and assessed, all content is linked to learning goals (e.g. institutional, accreditor), and that content is sufficient to reach learning and developmental goals. A curriculum mapping exercise can show gaps in learning, overlaps in content, and indicate where weaknesses or opportunities can and should be addressed. Anne Weiss has over seven years of experience in leading collaborative assessment, evaluation, and inquiry projects focused on resolving complex problems within higher education institutions- especially as it relates to civic or community engagement. In the role of Director of Assessment with Campus Compact of Indiana, Weiss…

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Webinar: What Went Wrong? A Partnership Analysis Framework

February 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom web conference
Iowa Campus Compact Webinar

What Went Wrong? A Partnership Analysis Framework Building on the 2014 “What Went Wrong?” conference, this session offers a framework for analyzing and transcending the wrongness of structures and practices in community-academic research, education, and social action partnerships that limit effective democratic participation and the distribution of power of those who experience marginalization. Susan Gust is a community activist and small business owner. In 2003-04 she was named a Humphrey Institute Public Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota. She co-founded and chaired the Phillips Neighborhood Healthy Housing Collaborative a community-university and public agency research partnership. Cathy Jordan is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Extension at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on community-based research projects that aim to address community-defined needs, contribute to social and policy change, enhance scientific methodology, and contribute valid information to our knowledge base. Brian Lozenski is Assistant Professor of Urban and Multicultural Education at Macalester College. His research explores the intersections of critical participatory research, Africana Studies,…

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January 2019

Webinar: Placed-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education

January 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom web conference
Iowa Campus Compact Webinar

Placed-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education 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. This webinar will include a presentation of a recent national study and the facilitators’ recent book on place-based community engagement in higher education, followed by an exploration of several of the most salient topics arising from this promising new strategy. Erica Yamamaura is Associate Professor and Program Liaison Coordinator of the Student Development Administration Program at Seattle University. A long-time believer in the use of service-learning and community-based projects as part of her pedagogy, she engages in project-based learning in graduate education in her work at Seattle University. Since…

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2019 Civic Action Planning and Implementation Institute

January 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, 125 N Madison St
Iowa City, IA 52242 United States
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$25

This event is designed for campus teams to come together and work on creating and implementing strong Civic Action Plans. In 2016, all of Iowa Campus Compact’s member presidents signed the National Campus Compact Civic Action Statement. The statement includes a commitment to develop and share a Civic Action Plan within a year. IACC is working to support our member campuses in developing and implementing these plans. Teams can include individuals from across campus and beyond including faculty, staff, administrators, students and community partners. We also recommend engaging leaders from across campus including faculty, staff from a variety of areas (diversity, ministry, teaching and learning, research, etc), student leaders, and community partners. It is strongly encouraged that at least one senior administrator attends with the team and diversity and equity staff are particularly encouraged to attend. Teams will have the opportunity to consider new strategies for civic action including applying an equity lens and engaging key campus leaders and will have the opportunity to work together and…

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