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Rural Community Engagement Summit 2019

October 28 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm



Campus Compact for Illinois and Indiana Campus Compact are excited to host the Rural Community Engagement Summit with the support of Kankakee Community College. The day-long event will spotlight the unique demographics of rural Midwest colleges and universities and the role that Higher Education plays in supporting sustainable rural communities.  The conversation will focus on examples of community engagement as well as a discussion of current events that will affect communities and campuses such as the 2020 Census and Voter Education.

Lunch will be provided.


Welcome and Opening
Natalie Furlett – Campus Compact for Illinois
Michael Boyd – President of Kankakee Community College

Setting the Stage: Higher Education and Rural Communities
Dr. Chris Merritt – Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University

Census and Voting: Resources for Get out the Count and Get out the Vote (Panel)

Lunch – Promising Practices Panel Discussions

Kankakee Community College Paralegal Program and the Circuit Court
Hon. Michael D. Kramer, Chief Judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit and current Chair, Illinois Conference of Chief Circuit Judges
Hon. Sandi Cianci, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Kankakee County
Taylor Bradley, KCC Paralegal Program alumna
Sara Cleveland, KCC Paralegal Program alumna

Purdue University Northwest Nursing Program and Remote Area Medical Clinics
Cindy Robbins – Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing, Purdue University Northwest
Nursing Students

Final thoughts and Closing


October 28
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Illinois Campus Compact
Indiana Campus Compact


Kankakee Community College
100 College Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901 United States
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