University Entrepreneurship: An Exciting New Challenge for Civic Education

University of Chicago’s Business School By Matthew Swinehart In October, University of Illinois, University of Chicago and Northwestern University announced their $1.2 billion research hub co-venture in Chicago’s South Loop. Governor Rauner and other local leaders say that the new facility will stop Illinois’ “brain-drain” to the coasts. “This is a pipeline for talent that can drive economic growth and raise competitiveness for every type of business,” Rauner said in an interview with CBS 2 Chicago. The announcement comes after years of remarkable growth in university-backed entrepreneurial programs throughout Illinois. To attract talent and innovation, schools around the state expanded…

Webinar Resource: Libraries and Civic Engagement

On Tuesday, we were joined by Sarah Goodwin Thiel of the University of Kansas and Anne Marie Gruber of the University of Northern Iowa to discuss the role of academic libraries in promoting civic engagement. You can access the entire webinar below to learn from these two engaged academic scholars, as well as directly download the slides. If you are interested in developing civic engagement resources in your community using the local library, consider reaching out to these two civic engagement professionals! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCVRAIGjJ7M Download the presentation slides as a PDF below.

Desmend Jetton – VISTA Experience

Our 2016-2017 VISTA Alum, Desmend Jetton, is now working at the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. ISTC is a nonprofit organization that works to “cultivate technology-based economic development throughout Illinois.” We learned a little more about ISTC and how Desmend’s VISTA year is informing his work there. What is your position at ISTC? Currently, I am the 2017-2018 ISTC Program Intern. I have the privilege of handling all communications, media outreach, and press releases regarding Illinois’ innovation footprint -through innovation, data, education, and policy advocacy. A key publication I do media outreach for is our Coalition’s  Illinois Innovation Index which gauges Illinois’ innovation…

Illinois Campus Compact Executive Director Joins the Serve Illinois Commission

We are proud to announce that ILCC’s executive director, Natalie Furlett has been chosen to serve as a commissioner for the Serve Illinois Commission. The nearly 40-year-old 40-member commission is charged with supporting community service throughout Illinois. Natalie brings a strong background in volunteerism, national service and student engagement to the commission. As a member of the board that administers the AmeriCorps program throughout Illinois, Natalie will be able to employ her skills as a civic education advocate to guide the Illinois AmeriCorps program forward. Natalie looks forward to fostering greater collaboration between The Serve Illinois commission and the communities surrounding…

VISTA Experience: Janice Ayarzagoitia – From Adler to RefugeeONE

Janice Ayarzagoitia was placed at Adler University as part of ILCC’s VISTA Cohort for the 2016-2017 year. Now, she works for the refugee resettlement agency RefugeeOne. We caught up with her to glean some insights from her reflections on her VISTA year as well as learn more about her work at RefugeeOne.   How did you come to the ILCC VISTA program at Adler? A friend in my master’s program did a VISTA year in Arizona with public schools and spoke highly of the experience. She encouraged me to apply to positions in Chicago. Adler University stood out to me…

Refugee Resettlement Programs Deserve Support From Higher Education

I believe in the value of refugee resettlement programs, I believe in the value that campus can add to them, and I believe that higher education should take a strong stance against fear of the other.

2018-2019 ILCC VISTA Site Application

VISTA Site Applications for the next Academic year are now available! Whether you are continuing a VISTA program on your campus or going in with a new vision, it is important to get your application in by the deadline so that we can ensure the smoothest recruitment process. We are excited to once again work with our member campuses to craft important VISTA roles to advance civic education in Illinois! You an access the application documentation below. Complete the application and send it to MLoCasto {at} Depaul(.)edu or BTerry1 {at} depaul(.)edu by Friday, January 12th, 2018. 

Webinar Resource: Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program – Technical Assistance Webinar

DEADLINE TO APPLY: November 17, 2017 The Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program is a partnership between Campus Compact and Tyson Foods to provide an invaluable opportunity for select college students to gain professional experience while making a positive impact in our community. The program provides full-time college students an eight-week paid summer job to assist community organizations and gain experience with diverse social issues. In the summer of 2018, the program will provide 40 nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area, and Sioux City, Storm Lake, and Council Bluffs, Iowa with a grant of $3,000-3,500 to hire a qualified college…

Illinois State University Hosts Dr. Barbara Jacoby October 13th!

The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at Illinois State University is very excited to host Dr. Barbara Jacoby as she shares her expertise on service-learning and healthy campus-community partnerships.  Each session is free but registration is required.  More information and the registration form can be found on the ISU’s Community Engagement website. Click here to register!  

Webinar Resource: Working with Development to Advance Community Engagement

Our final Summer Webinar of 2017 series is now available for download! In this webinar we discussed how civic engagement professionals at Universities can tap into the fundraising resources available on campuses. To learn more abut this, we were joined by Jennifer McFarland, Associate Vice President of Development and Managing Director of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association and Lynette Green, Associate Vice President for College Advancement at St. Norbert College. Civic engagement projects within universities have become accustomed to applying for grants, but there is room to grow by developing on-going relationships with donors. We hope that this webinar will…

Andrew Larson – Civic Engagement Professional at North Park University

Andrew Larson spent two years as an ILCC VISTA at North Park University in Chicago. Now, as a newly minted full-time staff member, Andrew is helping North Park expand its successful Catalyst 606_ _ program!

Meet Marina LoCasto – Our New Assistant Director!

We’ve got exciting things coming down the pipes at Illinois Campus Compact, starting with our new Assistant Director, Marina LoCasto! She’ll soon become a familiar face for all of our member campuses as she takes hold of our VISTA program. Before you see her on your campus, learn more about her background and what drives her towards civic leadership. 1. Can you tell us a little bit about your background? I am originally from Chicago and grew up in the Oak Park area. My family moved to Italy when I was in middle school so I had a rather unusual upbringing,…

Webinar Resource: Engaging Students in Bi-Partisan Dialogue in and out of the Classroom – Summer Webinar Series

July 19, 2017

Building Bipartisan Campus Discourse On July 18th, Illinois Campus Compact and Wisconsin Campus Compact hosted Todd Price and Eric Giordano for a webinar on promoting bipartisan campus discourse. At a time when trust in higher education institutions as well as news media institutions is faltering, it is important to once again affirm the campus as a place for productive conversations between people of different strains of thought. Teaching students how to convey ideas through logic and argument in a venue as diverse in thought as a campus will better prepare them to be the civic leaders a vibrant democracy requires. The…

North Park University’s Catalyst 606_ _ Program | Chicago as the Classroom

Rich Kohng, Director of Civic Engagement at North Park, leads a biking tour of the lake shore as part of the Catalyst Semester. Summer is here, and with it comes the typical lull felt on every campus around the country. At North Park University in Chicago, however, this summer will prove to be a busy one for the Urban Hub department. This Fall, they will expand their successful Catalyst 606 _ _ experiential learning program across campus as they seek to transform the common understanding of higher education and its public purpose. What is Catalyst 606 _ _ ? The…

Webinar Resource: Online Service-Learning – Summer Webinar Series

On June 22, Illinois Campus Compact hosted an Online Service-Learning Webinar in partnership with Wisconsin Campus Compact. This webinar explored ways that online courses can be structured to bring service-learning to the ever-growing digital classroom. Below you will links to the resources presented in the webinar. These resources include power-point slides covering the topic, example syllabi and the recording of the webcast itself. Online Service-Learning Webinar Resources PowerPoint –   Example Syllabi – ActiveCitizen syllabus 2016 EDPOL 114 2016 Spring sl Syllabus EDPOL 114 Spring 2016 Introductory Group Project EDPOL 609 Community Partnerships Syllabus Spring 2015-1 Research – Sandy & Franco Grounding Service-Learning…

Illinois Campus Compact VISTA Experience – Dan Dankert’s 3 Steps to a Successful Service Year

As Dan prepares to move on from our VISTA program, we sat down with him to learn more about what he thinks are three important steps to getting the most out of the Illinois Campus Compact VISTA experience.

Monthly Civic Engagement Resource Roundup

Campus Compact’s monthly civic engagement resource roundup is curated by Minnesota Campus Compact. Learn more about MNCC’s work here. Articles, Books and Journals “Colleges Should Put Their Money Where Their Ideals Are” by Sandra Goldmark “It’s Actually Not About the Student: Rethinking the Power of Educational Technologies for Engaged Teaching and Learning” by Dan Butin “Placemaking and the University – Opening the University to the Community” by John Tibbit “So You Want to Reform Democracy” by Joshua Tauberer “What Iowa Needs Now: Civic-Minded Professionals” by Emily Shields of Iowa Campus Compact “Universities and Their Cities” by Scott Jaschick interviewing Steven…

Midwest Campus Compact Conference Recap

We want to thank everyone who came out to the Midwest Campus Compact Conference to make it a great success! We were happy to have fantastic weather to make the always beautiful Loyola campus in Chicago all the more beautiful. Doing Democracy Throughout the two-day conference, we discussed new strategies and tools to increase the impact of asset-based community development programs in higher education. The Midwest Campus Compact Conference offered us the space to explore how to better serve our communities by reaching out and finding untapped assets. Innovative students, staff, faculty and other civic-minded leaders led conversations about their…

Writing as Engagement – Student News at UIUC

Fostering an independent student news source is one of the most visible contributions to civic engagement education that a college or university can make. An individual’s ability to keep current with news and access a public forum to lend their voice to discourse is vital to inclusive civic engagement. While attending an institution of higher education, students have a unique opportunity to learn how to act as a stakeholder of a community. For many, campus life is the first taste of truly having a vested interest in the development of their community. And yet, for most the campus experience is…

Civic Technology – A Community Asset to Build Upon

  You can read/download the research done by MySociety referenced in this blog post here. On Tuesday, The Chicago Community Trust held its annual On the Table event, which shines a spotlight on issues of community interest and provides a platform for collaborative analysis. The conversation was led by community organizations around Chicago including the YMCA, the Chicago Public Library and many others. Over the course of the day, thousands of civic-minded problem solvers met to discuss unique problems our society faces, and how to address them through civic action. Civic Technology as a Community Asset We attended Microsoft’s On the…