9th Annual Service Engagement Summit and Awards Gala


This year’s conference theme, Listen. Talk. Transform., is part of a year-long look into the many forms of dialogue as a tool for crossing differences and improving lives in our communities.

Join us in Indianapolis for the 9th annual Service Engagement Summit, February 25-26, 2019. The Summit is our signature event and provides our members the opportunity to hear the brightest speakers, participate in the most thought-provoking and useful workshops, and create programming that will have a lasting impact on our society for years to come.


Read Angela Cain’s latest blog about this year’s Service Engagement Summit

Schedule at a Glance:

Monday, February 25, 2018 – Conference


FULL-DAY DEEP DIVE SESSIONS – Deep-dive sessions provide professional development with clear deliverables and concrete “take-a-ways” for participants.

  • 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM     Critical Collaborations: Using Creative and Humanizing Research Methodologies to Honor Experience, Dismantle Oppression, and (maybe) Remake the World – Mark Latta, Marian University and DeAmon Harges and Wildstyle, The Learning Tree
  • 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM     Creating the World We Need: Introduction to Community Organizing – Melissa Gruver and Vanessa Pacheco, Purdue University 

WORKSHOPS – During theses 50-minute interactive workshops, presenters will  share information and best practices while encouraging creative thought and discussion, followed by a structured set of facilitated activities for audience participation. Presentations will include explicit suggestions for transferring the skills, models, and ideas learned to attendees’ own institutions.

  • 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM Engaging in Difficult Conversations with Calm, Decorum, and Tact – Dan Griffith, IUPUI
  • 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM Community College Think Tank – Kat Stremiecki, Executive Director of Student Life and Development, Ivy Tech Community College – Central Office and Laura Weaver, Director of Programs and Member Development, Indiana Campus Compact

12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
LUNCH – All sessions break for lunch and informal interest groups

HALF-DAY DEEP-DIVE – Deep-dive sessions will provide professional development with clear deliverables and concrete “take-a-ways” for participants.

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM  Steps in the Development of a Service-Learning Project for Adult Students in an 8-week Online Format – Sonia Strevy and Katrina Katrina Boedeker, University of St. Francis


2:30 PM – 4:30 PM  Evaluating Civic Engagement within the HLC Criteria for Accreditation, Karen J. Solomon, Vice President for Accreditation Relations, Higher Learning Commission 

Monday, February 25, 2019 – Awards Gala 

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM     Cocktail Reception and Social Practice Art master’s program exhibit

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM     Dinner

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM     Keynote: Eboo PatelFounder and President of Interfaith Youth Core

7:15 PM – 8:00 PM    Service Engagement Awards, Ehrlich Award, and 2018 Newman Civic Fellows medallions

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 – Conference

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM      Registration and Breakfast

POSTER PRESENTATIONS AND RESOURCE ROUNDTABLES – Poster presentations and resource exchanges act as a showcase of scholarly work and program models in an informal setting. Attendees are free to move about the room to examine posters and resource exhibits and talk individually to the presenters

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM      

The following Poster Presentations give participants a change to learn about results of research studies and see examples of service-learning, clinical or other community-based practices.

  • Listen. Ask. Transform.: Meeting Family Needs to Enhance Early Education Outcomes, Kristi Hebert and Mary Jane Eisenhauer, Purdue University Northwest
  • How Does Law Facilitate Versus Hinder Microfinance Initiatives in Small Countries: A Comparative Study, Sara Anne Hook and Audra Lawler, IUPUI
  • Listening. Speaking, Transforming a School Community – One Student at a Time, Paula Jarrard, Indiana State University
  • Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative, Joshua Novak, Matt Ryan, and Jeremy Charles, Indiana University Northwest
  • Guided Pathways: Maximizing Student Achievement through Minimizing Choice, Emery Peck and Mia Johnson, Ivy Tech Community College Muncie
  • Preparing Students to Impact Health Care Disparities in NWI: A Service Learning Project, Cindy Robbins, Purdue University Northwest
  • Teach IT: Teaching Techies to Teach, Una Thacker, Indiana University Bloomington

The following Resource Roundtables provide participants and opportunity to learn about and take away with them innovative research activities, teaching techniques, curriculum designs, syllabi, or training manuals.

  • Constitution Week Deliberation, Discussion and Collaboration, Kacey Jackson and Sarah Addy, Indiana University South Bend
  • Finding Meaning through Reflection, Jordan Rogers, University of North Texas
  • UIndyVotes! A Student Voter Registration Drive, Ally Nickerson and Laura Merriefield Wilson, University of Indianapolis
  • Listen to Collaborate: Community Partners and University Faculty Working Together to Transform a Service-Learning Experience, Gail Hickey Purdue University Fort Wayne

HALF-DAY DEEP-DIVE SESSION – Deep-dive sessions will provide professional development with clear deliverables and concrete “take-a-ways” for participants.

9:00 AM – 11:50 AM     Critical Reflection Course Design Strategies: Equipping Students for Transformational Dialogues in Civic Contexts – Jeralyn Faris, Purdue University and Peggy Mims, Signature Healthcare Lafayette

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS – During theses 50-minute interactive workshops, presenters will  share information and best practices while encouraging creative thought and discussion, followed by a structured set of facilitated activities for audience participation. Presentations will include explicit suggestions for transferring the skills, models, and ideas learned to attendees’ own institutions.

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM 

  • Listening to Difference and the Limits of Imaginative Identification Caitlin Smith-Oyekole, University of Notre Dame
  • Hosting a Civic Leadership Academy on Your Campus – Elizabeth Bennion, Indiana University South Bend
  • A mural, a tornado, and #NeverAgain – Billy Osteen, University of Canterbury

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

  • Moving from “Listening to Communities” to Action Megan Betz, Indiana University Bloomington, Efrat Feferman, Executive Director, United Way, and Lucy Schaich, Assistant Director, Bloomington Volunteer Network 
  • Listen, Collaborate, Transform: Reimagining our Institutional Learning Outcomes—the IUPUI+ – Kristy Sheeler, IUPUI
  • Mobile Clinic Model in the contexts of Gray, TN and Northwest IN – Julie Lara, Purdue Northwest

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

  • Fostering Dialogue across Differences – Dan Griffiths, IUPUI
  • Transforming Northeast Indiana through Translation – Luis Camargo Paramo, and  Talia Bugel, Purdue Fort Wayne 
  • Transformational Learning Through an Interdisciplinary Refugee Simulation and Reflection – Sarah Neal, Lynn Schmidt, Kari Miller, Denna Thompson, Anderson University


12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Listening. Talking. Transforming.: A conversation about the rhetoric of our time and how we can learn to listen to “the other” with stories, and by correcting old histories. Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Senior Rabbi Emerita, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Joseph Tucker Edmonds, Assistant Professor Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, and Marisol Morales, Vice President of Network Development, Campus Compact.

2019 Featured Keynote, Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. He is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground and Interfaith Leadership. Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council. He is a regular contributor to the public conversation around religion in America and a frequent speaker on the topic of religious pluralism. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. For over fifteen years, Eboo has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help realize a future where religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.

Featured Presenter, Karen J. Solomon

Solomon KarenKaren J. Solomon, Vice President for Accreditation Relations,Higher Learning Commission, joined the Commission in 2003 and has served as a liaison to more than 220 member and applying institutions. She presently serves as Chair of the Executive Council for WCET and as a peer reviewer for the INQAAHE Database on Good Practices in Quality Assurance. Dr. Solomon is a speaker, consultant and reviewer regarding assessment, adult learning, development of international accreditation processes, and distance education. In 2013, she was named Director of the Standard Pathway.

Previously, she was Coordinator of Research and Evaluation in Adult Continuing Education at Northern Illinois University; Education Associate in Outcomes Assessment for ACT, Inc. (formerly American College Testing); founding Executive Director of Illinois Campus Compact for Community Service; and Associate Dean of Student Development at Benedictine University. Dr. Solomon earned an Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University, M.B.A from Benedictine University, and B.A in Business from North Central College.

Monday, February 25, 2019 Awards Gala

Join us for an evening of inspiration and a reminder of why we all do this work.

Our extraordinary keynote speaker is Eboo Patel, Author, Speaker, Educator, and Interfaith Leader. Eboo founded Interfaith Youth Core on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. 

After Eboo’s address, we will celebrate some of the work that our incredible partners do. 

  • The annual Service Engagement Awards publicly recognize and reward the commitment, creativity, and excellence our partner campuses spread across all aspects of community-campus partnerships which lead to improving tens of thousands of lives in Indiana and beyond. Along with the recognition, each award carries a cash prize.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award recognizes one senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career at institutions without tenure) each year.


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM     Cocktail Reception

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM     Dinner

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM     Keynote: Eboo PatelFounder and President of Interfaith Youth Core

7:15 PM – 8:00 PM    Service Engagement Awards, Ehrlich Award, and 2018 Newman Civic Fellows medallions



We are grateful to the Lilly Endowment Inc. for their ongoing support as the Presenting Sponsor of The Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Summit.

Sponsorship Packages Available

Frequently asked questions about sponsorships:

Q: What’s in it for me?
A: Sponsorship of Indiana Campus Compact’s 8th Annual Service Engagement Summit is an opportunity for your organization to reach administrators, faculty, staff, and students from more than 60 colleges and universities—representing our 35 partner institutions—and their community partners. In addition, each year we welcome participants from across the country.

Q: What is unique about this opportunity over others?
A:  Many higher education conferences are specifically designed for practioners, The Service Engagement Summit audience includes presidents, chancellors, provosts, and other upper level administrators in addition to faculty, staff, and students.

Q: How is my company directly engaging the audience at this event?
A:  With the $500 sponsorship, You will have an exhibit table in the center of the conference. The layout of the conference space pushes traffic to your exhibit table after registration, between sessions, and during each meal. Finally, each sponsor receives a complimentary registration to the conference, which includes an evening awards gala. You will have time to network with participants away from your exhibit table during the cocktail reception and dinner.

Q: What kind of return could I see from sponsorship?
A: You will be delivering your message to decision makers representing colleges and universities from across the country as well as executives and staff from non-governmental organizations during the event. Your logo and link to your website will be included in Summit messaging before and after the event. Our current mailing list numbers nearly 2000 subscribers. Your message will also be included in social media event promotion.

Q: Will I like this event?
A:  The Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Summit is our signature event which brings our partner campuses, their community partners, and leaders from across the state and the nation together in celebration of the collective work they do in campus and community engagement. This is an energetic and well-regarded conference. The atmosphere is very conducive to networking.



Registration closes February 10, 2019.

Things you should know before registering

Conference Awards Gala
Campus Compact Partner Institutions and staff from their community partner agencies $225 $50
Campus Compact Partner Institution – Student $150 $50
Non Campus Compact Partner $500 $100
Campus Compact Advisory Council $ 50 $50
**Please note: in order to keep our conference prices low, the Awards Gala is an add-on option and not included in the conference registration. The Awards Gala ticket price is kept at cost for our partner campuses.

Registration information:

  • Registration closes February 10, 2019 @ 11:59p.m.
  • Late conference registrations will be allowed on-site with a $50.00 late fee.
  • Refunds offered until January 1, 2019 minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds after January 1, 2019. No exceptions.


For questions regarding the registration and/or, please contact Summer Webb at srsharp2 {at} iupui(.)edu or by phone at 317.274.6500.


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3645 River Crossing Parkway
Indianapolis  Indiana  46240  USA
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I-465 North to Keystone Ave, exit 33 -South on Keystone Ave to 86th Street, East on 86th St to River Crossing Blvd. North on River Crossing Blvd to River Crossing Parkway, hotel is on the right.

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Sleeping rooms at the Marriott North Indianapolis are available for $154.00 a night. Book online to receive the block rate automatically or call 1-800-228-9290 and reference Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Summit.

Check-in: 4:00 PM Check-out: 11:00 AM.


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Make it a weekend!

Plan to come the weekend before the Summit and make your trip even more eventful. There’s lots to do in Indy. From world-class museums, to shopping, dining, and the arts, you are sure to find something that you’ll LOVE. Follow the links below to learn more.