Commitment to Place

Colleges and universities have long touted their positive impact on the world through research, the education of students, and solutions to many of our greatest challenges. At the same time, they are sometimes criticized for distant “town-gown” relationships. To address this challenge and improve learning outcomes and research, Iowa’s college and universities are investing new efforts to impact communities and neighborhoods closer to home. Dubbed “The Neighborhood University” model in one national publication and sometimes also referred to as “anchor institutions” or “place-based engagement,” these efforts include everything from focusing student volunteer efforts in specific areas to research partnerships to…

Building Partnerships with Refugees

Earlier this year, potential new travel restrictions led Iowa colleges and universities to act to reassure international students and scholars they are welcome here. Iowa’s colleges and universities continue to find new ways to partner with and support refugee, immigrant and international populations on campus and in local communities. One example is the Refugee Summit 2017 being hosted this Friday and Saturday at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines. Other examples include partnerships between organizations, courses, and refugee populations. The Refugee Summit is a partnership with the United Way and the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa (which is…

Civic-Minded Professional: Hailey Boudreau

Civic-minded professional Hailey Boudreau graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in dietetics in May 2013. After finishing her accredited internship also through ISU in October 2014, she became a registered dietitian in November 2014. She has been a Hy-Vee dietitian since January 2015.  She is also a dietitian for Camp Hertko Hollow, diabetes camp for kids and teens, the social chair for the American Diabetes Association Young Professional group of Central Iowa, helps with marketing for the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also volunteers her time to bake once a week with a young woman with…

Fighting Sexual Assault on Campus

Iowa Campus Compact member colleges and universities work to engage with off-campus communities to solve problems and meet needs. They are also working to address issues on campus and doing both in a way that creates learning opportunities for students. One critical example of this is the prevention of sexual assault, with campuses working to engage and empower students to lead change. The Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa first started their Mentors in Violence Prevention Program in 1993 and seeks to empower both men and women as bystanders giving students the “tools to lead with…