Martin Luther King Day Service Opportunities

Some of Campus Compact Illinois’ 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 named Feed the Funnel. Participants will help pack healthy meals for local non-profits. Other activities will include participation in the MLK Unity March and a Community Forum. To register, click here. Northwestern University will be holding several events, such as featuring a talk by #MeToo movement creator Tarana Burke, where she recounts her personal…

A Focus on Faculty: Practical and Research-Informed Strategies for Faculty Development in Community Engagement (Webinar)

As S-LCE professionals, many of us are adept in navigating the complexities of working with students, community partners, and broader members of the community. Often, our work with faculty partners and academic departments can be more daunting, in large part due to a dearth of frameworks guiding this work. Building upon the presenters’ recently released edited volume, Reconceptualizing Faculty Development in Service-Learning/Community Engagement, the overarching goal of this session is for participants to analyze and situate their work with faculty partners in an array of best practices, institutions emerging with ideas, resources, and support structures that advance S-LCE faculty development…

Let’s play Votes & Ballots: Creating quality action plans for democratic engagement through gamification (Webinar)

In this webinar, participants will be introduced to Votes & Ballots, an interactive activity that takes the guesswork out of on-campus democratic engagement. Players are tasked with creating a comprehensive action plan while keeping in mind their institution’s historical voting rates (via NSLVE data), their resources, and the unique challenges faced by student voters. Votes & Ballots has been primarily played among students and staff, but, with an eye toward deepening faculty engagement, a Votes & Ballots: Curricular Edition is in development. Participants will learn about multiple ways through which they can incorporate Votes & Ballots into their work and…

Decolonizing Approaches to Inclusive Discussions and Trainings: Lessons from Indigenous Perspectives (Webinar)

The future of community engagement work requires a framework that is strengths-based, centers historically underrepresented groups working towards justice on their terms, and includes an analysis of power, positionality, systemic causes of disparities, needs for institutional changes, and critiques of inclusion assumptions. This session will provide decolonizing practice resources, concrete examples, and a chance to reflect on how to apply the practices to your context. Examples include an interactive session focused on how instructors, trainers, and supervisors can create environments that feel relevant, welcoming, and safe to all participants. The session is relevant to instructors, researchers, AmeriCorps Vista trainers, and Campus…

Campus Meets Community Workshop: Sustaining Reciprocal Partnerships

Register Here. Communities have much to gain from fruitful partnerships between universities and nonprofit organizations. However, it can sometimes be difficult to sustainably partner large institutions like universities with more nimble community organizations. The morning session (9am-11:30), exclusively for nonprofit partners, will feature a facilitated discussion with the Asset Based Community Development Institute about success and challenges with university partnerships. In the afternoon, (11:30 – 3pm) higher education partners are invited to network with community organizations and join them in a series of breakout sessions that include asset mapping, reciprocal storytelling, and community based research. Join the conversation March 5th, at…

WIU-QC 2nd Annual Food Insecurity Conference

Western Illinois University-Quad Cities invites you to attend our 2nd Annual Food Insecurity Conference on Friday March 2, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The event will focus on the systemic causes of food insecurity as well as strategies to best support students facing food insecurity on college and university campuses. The event will feature three guest speakers and one discussion panel (please see the attached invitation for details). All are welcome to attend this free event. Advanced registration required by February 15. Register here. 

Prepare for Carnegie Classification at Prairie State College

Campus Compact is pleased to offer a series of workshops and webinars in partnership with John Saltmarsh and the Swearer Center at Brown University, the new administrative home of the the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. This series will support member campuses that are first-time applicants or reclassifying for the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. On November 1, 2017 the series will offer a workshop at Prairie State College in Chicago. This one-day workshop is part of the Carnegie Series, which is offered at locations across the country. It is designed to assist campuses preparing for the Carnegie Community Engagement classification. The…

Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities 22nd Annual Conference

Ready to take part in the largest meeting of leaders from urban and metropolitan universities and colleges from across the country and the globe? Excited to explore the importance of community engagement and partnerships just two weeks before the general presidential election? Curious about programs proven to flourish in urban settings, advice on how to successfully implement these programs at your own institution, and what we need to do to further our mission and enhance community engagement in our communities in the years to come? Register now!

Serving Those Who Served

Serving Those Who Served is a day of service created to thank service men and women, our veterans, and their families. This November, people all over this great state of Illinois will spend the day engaged in volunteer service projects focused on benefiting our heroes!You, your family, your friends, your church, civic club, scout troop – you name it! – could be a big help to a group of men and women who would never ask for help!  Whether it’s painting, landscaping, assisting with an event, writing thank you letters to the troops, or visiting our heroes in our Veterans’ Homes…

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.

Pen to Paper: A Writing Retreat Focused on Writing With, For, and About Service and Engagement

Pen to Paper is an academic writing retreat designed to provide time, space, and resources to guide faculty, professional staff, graduate students, and community partners working on (or planning for) journal manuscripts related to service and community engagement.

2016 Midwest Service Leaders Conference

The Midwest Service Leaders Conference is a student-led regional conference aimed at helping students from universities, colleges, and technical schools develop skills, passion, and knowledge to inspire meaningful service projects on campus, in their communities, and throughout the world. The conference brings students together who are committed to community engagement, social justice, community service, and service learning for professional development opportunities that will bolster their effectiveness as leaders on campus and capitalize on their interest in creating positive change in their communities.

2017 Midwest Campus Compact Conference

Doing Democracy: Asset-Based Engagement and Culture Change Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin Campus Compacts are partnering to present the Midwest Campus Compact Conference. Please save June 6-7, 2017, for a conference focused on asset-focused culture change and community engagement, hosted by Loyola University Chicago. For more information on the conference and registration details please click here.

Voter Engagement Toolkit

Nonprofit VOTE is a great resource for colleges and universities as well nonprofit organizations to learn more about what is allowable during elections and more.  Check out their Voter Engagement Toolkit that includes helpful guidelines and tips for your organization to consider. Nonprofit VOTE is hosting a webinar on April 28 on how to work with candidates.  As a nonprofit you’re free to engage with candidates but must do so on a nonpartisan basis.  Register for the webinar to learn more tips on how to educate and share your mission with local candidates.