Start the New Year off Right with Support from Indiana Campus Compact

Happy New Year, Partners & Friends:

Can you feel the warmth of spring around the corner?

Yeah, I can’t either . . . but I’m dreaming of warmer, sunnier days ahead by way of silver candles I’ve been burning since before Thanksgiving. Did you know the color silver can make one feel a sense of liveliness and fun? And it’s also a symbol of sophistication. Perhaps that’s why these candles bring me such happiness and joy. Sophistication and fun!

Well, I hope you’ll break out your silver candles along with me because Indiana Campus Compact is celebrating its 25th year in 2018. That’s right . . . 25 years!

To honor this milestone, we’ve put together an exciting lineup of opportunities for you. From new programs to long-standing classics, we’re sure that you’ll find what you need in the sections below. If you don’t see what you’ve always wished for and hope for something a little more customized to meet your needs, let us know and we can work with you to make that happen.

More opportunities are on the horizon, and I look forward to unveiling each of those to you as we move forward together in partnership during our 25th year.

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

All the best –

J.R. Jamison, Executive Director

  1. Social Innovation Microlending Program

This fall, in partnership with Bankable (on behalf of the Indiana Small Business Administration), we expanded one of our newest endeavors—the Social Innovation Microlending Program. This is an opportunity for social entrepreneurs within the state of Indiana to obtain a loan to start a social venture.

Eligible applicants include:

Loan amounts vary from $500 to $50,000 and program participants will receive wrap-around support from both Indiana Campus Compact and Bankable staff. Download the loan application here>>.

On April 14, we will host our first Agents of Innovation Gathering at the Anderson University Flagship Center. This day-long workshop is focused on social innovation and social entrepreneurship and will bring together budding social entrepreneurs with business and community leaders who are working to effect change within their local communities. Registration is open now !

Find out more about the Social Innovation Microlending Program at one of our information webinars scheduled in January, March, or May, or contact Laura to set up a time to connect.

  1. Faculty Fellows Program

One of Indiana Campus Compact’s longest standing and most successful programs is the Faculty Fellows Program. Boasting more than 100 program participants from 28 partner institutions in its 22-year history, the Fellows program has played an instrumental role in the lives of many engaged scholars across the state and beyond. Applications for the 23rd Class of the Faculty Fellows Program are currently available. Full-time faculty who are interested in applying must submit a letter of intent by March 19, 2018, with full applications due on May 14, 2018.

Learn more about the Faculty Fellows Program by viewing a digital story of the program’s history here>>. 

  1. Service Engagement Grants

The Service Engagement Grant Program supports student, professional staff, or faculty projects that establish service engagement as a core component. Service Engagement Grant projects should support reciprocal partnerships between institutions of higher education and the community, strengthen student learning, increase the institutionalization of service-based engaged learning, and enhance the development of students, professional staff, and faculty. Applications are due quarterly beginning in February of each year.

  1. Conference Registration Scholarships

The Conference Registration Scholarship supports students, professional staff, or faculty by offsetting the cost of registration fees associated with presenting at scholarly conferences. Scholarships are available for non-ICC conferences so that their work can be showcased outside of Indiana. The presentation must relate to the mission of Indiana Campus Compact: supporting higher education’s effort to develop students into well-informed, engaged citizens and to serve as a catalyst for campuses and communities to improve people’s lives through service-learning and community-based engagement initiatives. Preference is given to those who present on their Indiana Campus Compact supported work. Applications are due on a rolling basis.

  1. The 25th Anniversary Gala and 8th Annual Service Engagement Summit

Break out your silver and join us in Indianapolis February 26 – 27 for the annual Awards Gala, Service Engagement Summit, and 25th Anniversary Celebration: Connecting Across Divides. We’ll be joined by keynotes Eva Mozes Kor and Amal Kassir, a panel of past Indiana Campus Compact Executive Directors, and over 25 poster and breakout sessions featuring work from many of you as well as from your colleagues from across the country and the ocean.

  1. Campus Compact National Conference—True Stories of Engagement

The national conference for the whole Campus Compact network will be in Indianapolis on March 25 – 28. Don’t miss this biennial opportunity to interact with colleagues from across the globe and to learn from keynotes such as award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter. Registration is open now. The conference will include a special Summit for college and university presidents/chancellors to discuss the challenges and opportunities in fulfilling higher education’s responsibility to contribute to a more just, equitable, and sustainable democracy in divisive times.

1. Student Webinar Series
Don’t forget about our Making Ripples Student Webinar Series. Each month, students can log-on and participate in an hour-long webinar with our Director of Programs and Member Development, Laura Weaver, and discuss various topics related to their community-based work.

Upcoming webinars will focus on incorporating reflection into projects, how to handle those unexpected situations that always arise, ways to include your community-based work on your resume, and creative ways to capture information about your projects and share them with others.

Find out more and register for each webinar on the Making Ripples webpage here>>

2. Connecting Campuses with Communities

For the past 10 years, Indiana Campus Compact has partnered with the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning to bring you the Connecting Campuses with Communities week-long conference. This event has hosted over 400 engaged scholars from more than 100 institutions and five countries—isn’t it time you joined them?!

The conference is structured in two parts:

  • The Service-Learning Institute, focused on the development of high-quality service-learning courses as well as professional development for community engagement professionals who specialize in providing service-learning faculty development, who are working to build and nurture campus-community partnerships, and who administer campus-wide community engagement efforts.
  • The Research Academy, designed to strengthen one’s research on service-learning and community engagement, while advancing their scholarship of teaching and learning.

Connecting Campuses with Communities has been described as “one of the most valuable professional development workshop I’ve been to,” and is an event that faculty and practitioner-scholars look forward to each year. Space is limited so be sure to register early.

3. ABCD Institute Training

Indiana Campus Compact has teamed up with the ABCD Institute, Indiana State University, and Illinois Campus Compact to offer a two-day training on how to use asset-based community development techniques in service-learning courses and community-based research. Join experts in the field of community development for a deep dive into this democratic approach to community engagement. Watch for more information and registration in late February.

4. Pen to Paper Writing Retreat

We are excited to announce the dates for the 2018 Pen to Paper Writing Retreat, in partnership with Washington Campus Compact and the Universities of Washington Bothell and Seattle.

The retreat will be held August 26 – 28, 2018, at the Dumas Bay Retreat Center in Seattle, Washington. The Retreat Center is situated just off Puget Sound and offers stunning views of the Olympic Mountains—a perfect setting for some focused time to WRITE!

Mark your calendars now and watch for registration to open this March. Find out more about Pen to Paper here>>.

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Articulating Community Engagement for Recognition & Distinction

Beginning this spring, we will offer a series of programs intended to support, bolster, or move our partner campuses through the 2020 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement application process . The events, webinars, consultations, or other support services offered are intended for those seeking this classification for the first time or those seeking to re-classify their institution for this distinction.

Save the dates:

  • Preparing & Training for the Marathon, April 3rd (webinar & in-person, Indianapolis): A panel discussion for advice, insights, and recommendations from leaders across Indiana partner institutions who have been awarded this distinction in the past.
  • Lessons Learned from the Last Race, April 13th (webinar): A panel discussion on advice, insights, and recommendations with institutions from across the USA who completed the application in the past but did not receive the designation.
  • Gather the Pack—Running Together, November 2018 (in-person, regional meetings): An opportunity to come together with your team and get the work done. Our staff will facilitate a working meeting around completing the application.

In addition to calendar-based events, we will unveil a review process by which you can utilize the expertise of our staff to receive feedback on your application well before it is due.

We will have more details about these offerings, as well as other opportunities from the broader Campus Compact network, soon.

PLEASE NOTE: While this programming is focused specifically on the process of compiling a strong application for the Carnegie Classification in Community Engagement, any partner campus who is interested in deepening or strengthening the institutionalization of community engagement and/or service learning is welcome to attend. 


The Compact Nation Podcast

Season 2 of The Compact Nation Podcast explores candid conversations with thought-leaders in the field, book reviews, and discussions on issues facing higher education and our communities. The podcast is hosted by J.R. Jamison,Emily J. Shields, and Andrew Seligsohn and is available twice a month for FREE on all devices and anywhere podcasts are downloadable.

Check out a review of the podcast from Eric Hartman, co-founder of and Executive Director of the Center for Peace & Global Citizenship at Haverford College, where he called it an ongoing exploration of major figures, movements, ideas, and questions in the field of community engagement.