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…

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. 

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,…

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…

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…

Meet Illinois’ 2017 Newman Civic Fellows!

Five students from across Illinois were nominated by their College and University Presidents for the 2017 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award for their outstanding work in civic engagement leadership. These students are among 273 nominees from Campus Compacts across the nation. Illinois’ Future Leaders This year, Illinois is represented by five incredible student-leaders. These students were nominated by their University President because their contributions to campus and community life stood out. To learn more about these outstanding students and to read excerpts of their nomination letters, click their names below: Bianca Mena of Dominican University Lindsey Earl of Illinois…

ILCC is hiring a full-time Assistant Director!

Illinois Campus Compact (ILCC) is looking for a full time Assistant Director.  This position will work closely with our AmeriCorps VISTA program, ILCC member programming, and provide administrative support for the organization. The Assistant Director provides leadership in the development and implementation of programs, events, and member services as well as monitors progress toward the organization’s mission and strategic objectives. Other essential responsibilities include writing communications, evaluative reporting, providing technical assistance to member campuses, supervising additional staff and interns, and developing partnerships with other organizations. For more information and to apply click here and search for Job Code 2573. Feel free…

Illinois Campus Compact is now hiring team members for our 2017-2018 VISTA service year.

VISTA members with Illinois Campus Compact work to advance the public purpose of higher education by connecting campus and community in Illinois. They create opportunities for service based experiential learning and civic engagement, interrupt the cycle of poverty by supporting low income and first generation college students, and create college readiness in underserved communities by working with tutoring centers.

2017 Restorative Justice Funding Application

Illinois Campus Compact is pleased to be offering financial assistance to schools that would like to pursue further opportunities to explore Restorative Justice on their campus.  The goal is to help enable a school’s team to better discuss, address, and implement restorative justice practices on their campus. This money can be used to bring in outside trainers to your campus, send students, staff, or faculty to a restorative justice training, or to enhance existing programs on your campus. Institutions may apply for up to $2,000. To access the funding application and a list of recommended trainers, please click here. Please…

Provide Feedback on the CNCS President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Application

Feedback opportunity open between January 26th and February 17th We are soliciting feedback on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll application and process that will be aggregated into one recommendation to be submitted to CNCS on behalf of Campus Compact.  We invite anyone at any institution who has completed an application for the Honor Roll in the past to provide feedback through 1 or ALL of the following opportunities:  Feedback Option #1 –  Google Document>>: provide specific written feedback, where we have posted the actual questions from the Honor Roll application.This option is available from 1/26 – 2/17. Feedback…

VISTA Host Site Application Form Available

This year’s application will be due January 31st. The application is now an online form.  The questions are the same as last year but hopefully this is an easier format to submit.  The form does not save your answers until you submit it so you may want to compose your answers in a word document and then copy them into the form. We also completely overhauled our Memorandum of Understanding to better lay out the responsibilities of both ILCC and the host campus.  Please contact Natalie if there are any questions at all about the new wording.  This is the only…

2017 Midwest Campus Compact Conference: Call for Proposals

Doing Democracy: Asset-Based Engagement and Culture Change Deadline: February 17, 2017 Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin Campus Compact invite proposals for the 2017 Midwest Campus Compact Conference, which will take place June 6-7, 2017, at Loyola University Chicago. Whether you are new to civic and community engagement, curious about learning the basics of campus-community partnerships, or a seasoned professional seeking innovative approaches and discussion of important issues, this conference will provide opportunities to learn, explore, connect, and prepare for bold, thoughtful action. Each session proposal should relate to the conference theme: Doing Democracy: Asset-Based Engagement and Culture…

Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

Serve Illinois is now accepting nominations for the 8th Annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards Nominate Your Volunteers! We all know someone that is volunteering their time to make our community better. Nominate them for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards! We are looking for youth, adult, senior, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and business nominations. Each region of the state will have one winner from each category for a total of 30 awards. Nominations are due February 17th, 2017, and you can submit your nominations online or on paper. Now in its 8th year, the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards highlights the service and impact…

2017 Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education

The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education aims to advance the status and prospects for publicly engaged teaching and research in the academy by showcasing the new disciplinary and/or pedagogical knowledge generated by engagement with the community. JPSHE provides a venue for higher education faculty and administrative leadership to reflect on the ways that community engagement affects work in higher education – and its outcomes for broad issues such as classroom teaching, the advancement of research and knowledge creation across the disciplines, faculty development, tenure and promotion processes, the preparation of graduate students, etc. JPSHE welcomes diverse manuscripts, from…

Call for Proposals: Chicago Service Learning Research Fellowship

The Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning and Community Services Studies at DePaul University invites proposals for the Chicago Service Learning Research Fellowship. The application deadline is February 28, 2017. The Center seeks proposals for research focused on the impact of service learning on students, faculty, community partners, and/or one or more higher education institutions in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Proposals will be accepted from tenure-track assistant professors or doctoral-level graduate students enrolled at any accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

2017 Newman Civic Fellowship Nomination

Campus Compact’s 2017 nomination cycle for the Newman Civic Fellowship is now open. Member campuses are encouraged to nominate community-committed students. An overview of key dates and eligibility requirements along with a link to the nomination form can be found here. The Newman Civic Fellowship is intended to honor the leadership legacy of Frank Newman by recognizing community-committed students who: Engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change Take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization Demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement 2017 Newman Civic…