Friday, May 22, 2015

Campus Compact Statement on Higher Education's Response to Events in Baltimore and around the United States

Campus Compact is dedicated to the proposition that colleges and universities have a special role to play in creating and sustaining the conditions for a thriving democracy. For that reason, we are compelled to respond to events in Baltimore, related protests across the country, and their antecedent conditions by providing our view of how colleges and universities can take positive action. We offer this view with a recognition that our colleges and universities are not separated from the broader society. The lives of students, faculty, and staff are directly affected by these issues, both on and off campus. We recognize also that many colleges and universities have long histories of leadership in addressing crucial public issues. We hope to call attention to the lessons learned through those histories to inspire even greater commitment across higher education.

While we are prompted to issue this call by events in which race and class have taken center stage, we encourage campuses to take the opportunity for reflection on how they can advance equality along a wide range of dimensions and how they can broaden and deepen existing efforts. Continue reading for the steps we recommend, followed by a link to resources to support implementation.

Pen to Paper registration now open!

Pen to Paper is an academic writing retreat designed to provide time, space, and resources to help faculty, professional staff, and graduate students working on (or planning for) journal manuscripts about service- and community-engaged scholarship. During the two-day retreat participants have time to discuss ideas with journal editors, receive mentoring from faculty coaches, share ideas with colleagues and peers, and write.

Read more: Pen to Paper registration now open!

Call for Presenters: Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Conference

On March 21-23, 2016, Campus Compact will hold a 30th anniversary conference in Boston; the conference's theme is Accelerating Change: Engagement for Impact. We look forward to bringing together the wide range of people and organizations making engagement happen across the country and beyond.

Campus Compact's thirtieth anniversary will be an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the achievements of the last three decades, learn more about what needs to be done and what resources already exist to enable that work, and commit ourselves to take the steps necessary to accelerate and deepen our efforts.

Interested in presenting at the conference? Learn more about what we are looking for and how to submit a proposal here.

J.R. Jamison Named Executive Director of Indiana Campus Compact

jrj 3 iContactJ.R. Jamison has been named the Executive Director of Indiana Campus Compact. He is the seventh leader to hold this role since the organization was founded in 1993. Jamison began his staff role with Indiana Campus Compact in 2005 as a Program Director, was promoted to Associate Director in 2006, and became the Interim Executive Director in August 2014. Before coming to Indiana Campus Compact, Jamison oversaw community engagement initiatives for college students at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Since he joined the Indiana Campus Compact team in 2005, Jamison has defined the umbrella term "service engagement" for the organization, designed several programs such as the "Building a Service Engagement Infrastructure" initiative, which established Centers for Service and Engagement on 10 Indiana campuses, and leveraged nearly $4,000,000.00 in funds to support the efforts of community-campus engagement throughout the State of Indiana. In the last eight months as Interim Executive Director, he oversaw the development of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan and formed a major partnership with the Flagship Enterprise Center to offer a micro-loan program for student social entrepreneurs.

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Indiana Campus Compact is grateful to Lilly Endowment Inc. for significant funding in support of programs, training,and resources for our member campuses that allow them to deepen their commitment to community engagement and service-learning.