February Membership Spotlight

Cameron Ruiz, an Illinois Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA, loves Western Illinois University – Quad Cities because he says it’s a tight knit, innovative community. His small class sizes and the fact that he feels valued by the faculty and staff is why he choose Western for his education, and his VISTA site. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, he works at the Student Services office promoting and developing programs, running the food pantry, and participating in new student orientations. Much of Cameron’s day to day focuses on The Pantry at WIU- QC. The pantry is open nearly every day with select hours,…

January 2019 Spotlight – Illinois Campus Compact 2018 Recap

As we start the New Year we want to look back at all the success and work done in 2018. Illinois Campus Compact, along with our partners and members, took on new events, launched several new programs, and continued important civic engagement work. At the beginning of 2018, on March 5th, ILCC held the Campus Meets Community Event in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago, America’s Urban Campus, the ABCD Institute, and the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement. This event gave community based organizations (CBOs) a place to converse about their experiences with higher education institutions….

Martin Luther King Day Service Opportunities

Many of ILCC member institutions will be holding days of service on Martin Luther King Day. Below you can see all the opportunities to serve and events honoring the day throughout Illinois. The University of Illinois Springfield is holding a food distribution service project.  Participants will help set up the food distribution, assist community members with the selection of foods as well as other tasks associated with the event.  Other activities will include participation in the MLK Unity March and a Community Forum. Parkland Community College is holding a food repack session for the Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland College. North…

Tyson Foods Summer Internship Sites

Campus Compact and Tyson Foods announced the nonprofit organizations that were selected for the 2019 Summer Community Internship Program. Grantees will receive funding to support a full-time college student summer intern. This is the second year of this program, which provides a valuable opportunity for college students to gain professional experience in nonprofits while making a positive impact in local communities.  Illinois Campus Compact selected 20 organizations throughout the Chicagoland Area to receive one intern for the summer.  Below is a list of the organizations and a description of the intern position.  Illinois Tyson Grantees Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry: The…

December Membership Spotlight

Neighbor2Neighbor (N2N) is a Northwestern University initiative that promotes learning and service rooted in the local community. This initiative started last year and continues to develop and expand thanks to the current Illinois Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA, Kaitlynn Durham. This initiative began to help Northwestern become better neighbors to their surrounding communities. The goal of Neighbor2Neighbor is to create ethical and mutually beneficial relationships with communities, the focus being on the North of Howard area within the Rogers Park neighborhood, just south of Northwestern University.   Neighbor2Neighbor currently works with seven community partners throughout the North of Howard neighborhood. Using…

November Membership Spotlight

This week we spoke to Habacuc Rico, the Illinois Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA at McHenry County College. As the Veterans Coordinator it was a big week for Habacuc. On Tuesday his office hosted a Veterans lunch and on Friday, November 9, Habacuc is helping host a Veterans Day ceremony. This ceremony will honor veterans, as well as allow them to mingle during the reception. The keynote speaker is retired Sgt. Major Thomas Morrissey, who served more than 30 years in the U.S. Army Special Forces, with his last 14 years of service with the Illinois National Guard. This week isn’t…

Veteran’s Day Events

Looking to honor our Veterans? Below is a list of events that you can attend to do so! National Louis University is holding multiple events throughout the week. You can learn more about these events at their site here. The Mission Continues is hold a Veteran’s Day Project, register here. McHenry County College is hosting a Veteran’s Day Ceremony. Learn more about that here.

Webinar Resource: Campus Voter Engagement

Illinois Campus Compact, State Matters, BallotReady, and Campus Election Engagement Project teamed up for a Webinar on Campus Voter Engagement. This webinar discussed the tools and resources that these organizations use to engage students voters. You can watch the entire webinar below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8wm7ApqQP4&t=43s

VISTA Spotlight, Millikin University

My name is Angie Bravo I am the AmeriCorps VISTA at Millikin University. So far my experience as the VISTA has been AMAZING! I am so happy to be doing something important in the Decatur community, but also within Millikin University. With being a 2018 Millikin graduate I hold this university very close to my heart. It is exciting for me to come back and do something I never saw myself doing. As a student I never really understood what the AmeriCorps VISTA did. I knew that we had one every year, but I never found myself searching for the…

October Membership Spotlight – North Central College

This year, Illinois Campus Compact teamed up with the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) to offer member institutions mini grants to increase voter engagement. One of the six schools that received this grant was North Central College. We spoke to Josh Simmons, a North Central student who is working as the college’s CEEP Fellow. Josh is a junior studying political science and economics. His main goal as a CEEP fellow this fall is to raise voter awareness on campus. Before voter registration ended, one of Josh’s duties was to register students. He did a lot of outreach through tabling on…

CONNECT FROM YOUR DESK THIS FALL

Too busy for conferences, meetings, and networking? We have your answer with our Fall 2018 virtual learning line-up. The 2018-2019 webinar series takes the great and varied work happening on the ground around the country and brings it straight to your desk. Topics touch on issues of relevance to faculty, staff, students, and their partners in education and community building. Be sure to tune in to each session for information, tools, and resources to support and inspire you. See the rest of the series. Also, this fall is a series of more informal learning and networking opportunities with colleagues in the Midwest.  Peer…

Welcome Our 2018-2019 VISTA Cohort

Illinois Campus Compact would like welcome our new cohort of VISTA’s for the 2018-2019. ILCC VISTAs will be located at the following universities and colleges, North Park University, Millikin, Governors State University, North Central College, University of Illinois Springfield, Northwestern, McHenry County College, Northeastern Illinois University, Parkland College, National Louis University, Adler, Western Illinois University- Quad Cities, Loyola, Rockford University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Knox College, and Illinois Institute of Technology. At these institutions VISTAs will work in civic engagement offices, youth programming, volunteer recruitment, and much more. Follow ILCC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay updated on…

September Membership Spotlight – Dominican University

Not only was Natalie Sanchez a Tyson Foods Summer Community Intern at the Erie Neighborhood House, and a 2018 Civic Newman Fellow, but she also is an intern for Civic Learning at Dominican University. We met with her last week to learn about her position and civic learning at Dominican.   As an intern in the Civic Learning Office Natalie works with students to find community organizations that fulfill their community based learning class requirements. Dominican offers students anywhere between ten to twenty five community based learning courses a semester. It is Natalie’s job to make sure students in these…

Voter Engagement Networking Event Recap

Last Wednesday, Illinois Campus Compact gathered faculty and staff from colleges and universities to discuss campus voter engagement. Hosted at University of Illinois at Chicago, attendees listened to organizations, BallotReady, State Matters, and Campus Election Engagement Project explain their resources. A representative from BallotReady described their online voter guides. Voters can see what and who will be on their ballot by just typing in their address. Not only can a voter see who is running, but BallotReady also offers information on each candidate. BallotReady has gathered information on candidates from reliable sources so that voters can find all the information…

2018-2019 Webinar Series

Campus Compact’s 2018-2019 webinar series takes the great and varied work happening on the ground around the country and brings it straight to your desk. Topics touch on issues of relevance to faculty, staff, students, and their partners in education and community building. Be sure to tune in to each session for information, tools, and resources to support and inspire you. The 2018-2019 webinar series is being offered free of charge, but all attendees must register. Register To learn more details about the webinar series and register please visit Campus Compact’s page here.

August Membership Spotlight- Loyola University

In 2015, Loyola University Chicago put a strategic plan into place called the 2020 Plan. The development of this plan started with the question, “How do we, as a university, live in and for this social reality and use our influence to transform it?” In answering this question, Loyola decided they must think of themselves more as a transformative agent, rather than a group of schools, departments, and programs. In one of their steps to make a positive impact on their community, a year and a half ago Loyola initiated Schools 2020. This program, directed by Mitchell Hendrickson, works with…

Voter Engagement Networking Event

Illinois Campus Compact invites you to a Voter Engagement Networking Event hosted by University of Illinois Chicago!  This event is for all higher education faculty and staff to gather and share their work around voter education on campuses throughout Illinois. We will be providing lunch from 12:00pm – 1:00pm during a panel discussion about available resources featuring CEEP, State Matters, and Ballot Ready. From 1:00pm – 2:00pm there will be networking for participants to connect with staff and faculty from other institutions doing similar work. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. See you there! Register at our Eventbrite page here!

Tyson Foods 2018 Summer Community Internship Program, A Happy Ending

On Friday, Illinois Campus Compact gathered our Tyson Foods Summer Community Interns and their supervisors to recap on their summers and all the work they accomplished.  Throughout the summer we asked the interns to share information and photos about their days working at community organizations across Chicago. These photos showcased events, programming, and capacity building activities that the interns participated in. From these posts we learned a lot about what their days looked like, whether it was working closely with community members or creating databases to help a program run smoother. Check out the hashtags #TysonFoodsGrant and #TysonCommunities on Facebook,…

Global Leaders Summer Session

  Next week the Global Leaders Program at Illinois Institute of Technology will be ending their summer session. The Global Leaders Program creates access and opportunity for Chicago-area high school students in STEM fields by offering four weeks of collaborative, project-based programming each summer, the implementation of a Community Innovation Project of their own design during their junior year, step-by-step college advising and guidance during their senior year and workshops, field trips, and career development opportunities. Each summer the program creates a theme and hold workshops around that theme, this summer the chosen theme was Design to Overcome. To help…

2017-2018 ILCC AmeriCorps VISTA Farewell

In the following months Illinois Campus Compact will be hiring a cohort of new AmeriCorps VISTAs, this means we will also be saying goodbye to some amazing VISTAs who are ending their year of service with us. During the past year our VISTAs served at higher education institutions throughout the state working to advance the public purpose of higher education. The VISTAs built capacity by leading programs with youth, coordinating volunteers, and developing community engagement initiatives on campus. Haley Dutmer is finishing her year of service at Western Illinois University- Quad Cities. Haley has a background in philosophy so is…