Start the New Year Off Right with Support from Indiana Campus Compact
With The Spring 2017 Kick-Off Packet

Happy New Year, Partners & Friends:

Head shotI don’t know about you, but there’s something that occurs, at least mentally, during the change over from one year to the next that gets me excited for what’s in store ahead. I say this knowing that, as we enter a new year, everything isn’t always rosy and challenges will occur. However, I’m reminded that the work we do as a Compact has never been more important, and the team and I here at Indiana Campus Compact are honored to work alongside you over the next semester to make the work you do a success. And that gives me hope for a new year.

This semester we have something planned for everyone. The list below is just a sample of what we have to offer. These items are important opportunities for professional development and funding to take your work, and projects, to the next level. If you are interested in a more customized offering on your Indiana Campus Compact partner campus, let us know and we can work with you to make that happen.

7th Annual Awards Gala & Service Engagement Summit: February 27th-28th in Indianapolis, Indiana

Our theme this year is: Social justice in higher education through the lens of power, privilege, and the coming together of communities. This will include keynotes from Kimberly Dark (peace, power, and privilege), an award-winning writer and storyteller; Ashley C. Ford (race, class, and empathy), a writer and teacher who was just named one of 30 under 30 by Forbes and hosts’s podcast Authorized and is a contributor to Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter; as well as deep dive sessions from Bob Bringle (empathy and social justice), Eric Hartman (human rights and engaged learning), and civic reflection from the Center for Civic Reflection. Additionally, there will be 18 different breakout sessions by presenters from across the country, and the recipients of our annual awards will be announced at the Gala. Learn more about this year’s Gala & Summit and don’t miss your opportunity to register before February 12th

Making Ripples: Student Webinar Series

This FREE monthly webinar series is for students from Indiana Campus Compact partner campuses who are devoted to work in, and with, communities. The topics for the series were selected by college students from across Indiana. This semester, presentation will include: finding funding to support your community-based work, planning Martin Luther King Day of Service events, Spring Break service experiences, telling your story in a meaningful way, and how to highlight service experiences on your resume.

Informing and Strengthening Our Work Assessment Series

This semester we will continue our series of interactive sessions focused on how to assess students’ civic outcomes after they have participated in a course or program that has utilized community-based or engaged pedagogies (ex: service-learning). In February, the series will cover how to create new measures (or morph existing) for service-learning and how to apply these practices. In April, we will take a deep dive into the multiple roles critical reflection can play for community-based (or engaged) learning experiences.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: The 2020 Elective Community Engagement Classification

We are excited to support you in your leap toward applying for this unique recognition. In April we will host two webinars, respective to whether this is your institution’s first time applying or if your institution is seeking re-classification. These webinars are FREE for Indiana Campus Compact partner campuses. Look for more information to come from us over the coming months as we put together a menu of resources for you to choose from—well before your completed dossier is due to Carnegie in April of 2019.

Connecting Campuses with Communities—The Service-Learning Institute & Research Academy: May 15-19, 2017, Indianapolis, Indiana

This annual week-long event has hosted over 350 engaged scholars from more than 100 institutions and five countries. Participants may choose to attend the Service Learning Institute or the Research Academy, or both, as a way to hone skills as a service learning scholar and community engagement practitioner. Registration is now open.

Grants & Loans

From conference registration scholarships to service-learning course development to faculty fellowships to community service projects to developing a social venture, Indiana Campus Compact will award $100,000 this year to support faculty, staff, and students on our partner campuses. Don’t miss out on getting a grant for your project or a loan to develop your socially-conscious business. The next round is due February 13th.

The Compact Nation Podcast

Launched last September, The Compact Nation Podcast is available to partner campuses for FREE though iTunes and SoundCloud. This once a month download explores candid conversations with thought-leaders in the field, book reviews, pop culture corner, and discussions on issues facing higher education and our communities. As your state director, I am honored to be the co-host of this national podcast along with Emily Shields, Executive Director of Iowa Campus Compact, and Andrew Seligsohn, the President of Campus Compact.

This is just a peek into what we have coming up over this spring semester. More opportunities are on the horizon, and I look forward to unveiling each of those to you as we move forward together in partnership.

Thank you for your continued commitment to community engagement, student learning, and Indiana Campus Compact.

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J.R. Jamison, Executive Director