Iowa Campus Compact Welcomes Kirkwood Community College as Newest Member

October 29, 2018

DES MOINES, IA: Today, Iowa Campus Compact is pleased to announce Kirkwood Community College as the newest member of its statewide coalition of 21 colleges and universities. This coalition represents presidents from every sector of higher education. Members of the compact are committed to the public purpose of higher education, including civic engagement and service-learning opportunities that engage students and impact communities.

Kirkwood’s membership comes as a part of prior involvement with The Democracy Commitment (TDC), an effort dedicated to advancing the civic power of community college students, faculty, and staff, which recently became an initiative of Campus Compact. The launch of the TDC initiative at Campus Compact will provide targeted programming and dedicated resources to support civic learning at community colleges and contribute to a healthy democracy by preparing students for active, engaged participation in public life.

“We are excited for the possibilities of this new partnership with Kirkwood Community College,” said Iowa Campus Compact Executive Director Emily Shields. “Community colleges are vital to Iowa’s communities and to the education of all students for careers and civic participation.”

Kirkwood Community College recently received a grant from national Campus Compact as a part of Engage the Election: 2018, a project that aims to advance non-partisan electoral engagement on community college campuses. The goal of which is to create wide-reaching electoral engagement opportunities for community college students, many of whom are first-generation, low-income, and students of color. Iowa Campus Compact is also funding a student fellowship on Kirkwood’s Iowa City campus to support similar voter registration and engagement efforts.

“Kirkwood is proud to be a part of Iowa Campus Compact,” said Kirkwood President Lori Sundberg. “Civic engagement and community involvement are key elements of a strong democracy. That’s why it’s important to continue to promote these values as part of our service to our seven-county area.”

Iowa Campus Compact was founded in 2003 and is a membership organization hosted by Iowa Western Community College. We strive to support its members in both curricular and co-curricular service-learning and civic engagement activities through professional development opportunities, grants, research, student programming and a variety of other opportunities.

For more information about Iowa Campus Compact visit www.iacampuscompact.org.

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