Annual Summit and Awards Gala

Registration for the 2020 Summit will Open in December of 2019

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.

Featured Panelist, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis where she served from 1977 to 2013. She was the second woman to become a rabbi and was ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1974. She currently serves as the Director of the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Dr. Sasso serves on numerous boards including the IUPUI Board of Advisors and Indiana Humanities Council and is a co-founder of Women4Change Indiana. She is the author of many articles and nationally acclaimed children’s books dealing with issues of spirituality. She is a winner of the National Jewish Book Award.

Rabbi Sasso is the recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, Touchstone Award from Girls, Inc., Heritage Keepers Award from the Indiana State Museum, and the Spirit of the Prairie Award from Conner Prairie Interactive Park. She and husband, Dennis were designated as Interfaith Ambassadors of the Year by the Center for Interfaith Cooperation in Indiana in 2018 and is the 2018 recipient of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.

She received her B.A. and M.A. from Temple University and her D.Min from Christian Theological Seminary.

Featured Panelist Joseph Tucker Edmonds

Joseph L. Tucker Edmonds is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at Indiana University’s School of Liberal Arts (IUPUI) and a Research Fellow for the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Economics from Brown University, his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and his PhD in Religious Studies from Duke University.

Tucker Edmonds’ research interests are black and womanist theologies, alternative Christianities in the Black Atlantic, the role of scripture in African and African American religious traditions, and the relationship between Africana religious identity, citizenship, and globalization. Joseph is active in the Indianapolis community as a facilitator of community-based conversations on race, religion, and citizenship and as a consultant to local public and charter schools on transforming curriculum and classroom culture in light of the racial and religious diversity of their student populations.

Currently, Joseph is finishing his first book,The Other Black Church: Alternative African American Christianities and the Struggle for Freedom, supported by grants from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, that will explore radical religious traditions within mainstream African American Christianity.

Featured Panelist Marisol Morales

Marisol Morales serves as the Vice President for Network Leadership for Campus Compact, based out of Chicago, Illinois. In this role Morales provides guidance, inspiration, and practical support to network staff across the country, helping state and regional directors achieve local goals while advancing shared network priorities. She leads Campus Compact’s efforts to increase inclusion, equity, and diversity internally and in higher education community engagement. Morales is also the co-host of the bi-weekly Campus Compact podcast, Compact Nation.

Prior to joining Campus Compact, Morales was the founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of La Verne from 2013-2018 and the Associate Director of the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies at DePaul University from 2005-2013. Marisol holds a BA in Latin American/Latino Studies and a MS/MS in International Public Service Management both from DePaul University. She is currently pursuing her Ed. D in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne. Her dissertation is focused on the community engagement experiences of students of color at Minority Serving Institutions.


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.

Summit Sessions:



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. This deep-dive session will encourage participants to use humanizing and decolonizing research methodologies as a way to move beyond “damage centered” (Tuck, 2009) forms of seeing and researching difference and disinvestment. After a brief examination of theory and case studies, we will practice research methods that generate data through deep listening, dialogue, and storying practices. Then, we will examine creative, collaborative and critical methods of sharing research outcomes (such as zines, murals, narrative maps, and place-honoring techniques) as a way to confront oppression and implement equitable alternatives. 
  • 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM  Creating the World We Need: Introduction to Community Organizing– Melissa Gruver and Vanessa Pacheco, Purdue University. Behind every successful social movement is a community, or a network of communities. These communities do not just happen. They must be organized. Community organizing is “the process of bringing people together to use their collective power to win improvements in people’s lives and challenge the power structure.” In this interactive introduction to organizing, we will learn together how organizing is different from other approaches to social change and the touch on the fundamentals of organizing. After attending this session, participants will be able to discuss the multiple types of power within their community; apply the Kingian Principles of Nonviolence, and differentiate between multiple approaches to social change while also understanding their own role in such a system.

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. Whether talking one-on-one or in group settings, we often struggle to communicate in ways that will be heard without causing defensiveness. In the worst case, our passions intensify, leading us to forget decorum and become accusatory, judging, or harsh. Conversely, when confronted by others who lack decorum, we often don’t know how to respond without becoming angry, reacting negatively, or simply shutting down. In this session, participants will learn how to engage in difficult conversations with others, including how to approach others with respect and positive intent, separate facts from opinions, challenge unsubstantiated assertions, avoid labeling, and confront others about difficult topics in ways that minimize defensiveness and avoid further escalation.
  • 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM  Social Practice Art and Creative Placemaking – Lauren Ditchley, Brittany Kugler, Emma Landwerlen, Kevin McKelvey, University of Indianapolis. Participate and collaborate with recent graduates from University of Indianapolis’s MA in Social Practice Art to learn about moving a creative practice beyond the studio and gallery into the public realm. Participants will understand how socially engaged art, design, and placemaking can empower people and activate places to engage neighborhoods, towns, rural areas, and cities.  
  • 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. Interested in implementing community engagement—either course-based or co-curricular forms—but you’re not sure how to get started? Connect with colleagues doing similar work at community colleges to share resources and brainstorm ideas. Join this highly interactive session, where session facilitators from Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana Campus Compact are looking to gather your insights, interests, and ideas on how we can better support your community engagement efforts. 

12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
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.  In this session, the presenters will provide concrete tools for the development of a university course with a Service-Learning project as a result of student/community partnerships. Moving through the process of idea, reflective feedback, generative design, launch, and evaluation of a mutually selected social concern, participants will come away with the draft of an idea/plan/evaluation for an accelerated course design. The unique nature of Service-Learning in the online format will be discussed along with the goal of sustained partnership between student and the community partner. The focus of the project is to improve lives in the communities where students reside.

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. HLC Criteria for Accreditation are reviewed every five years by policy and we are in the midst of a revision phase.  The most recent proposed changes call for institutions to provide evidence of opportunities for civic engagement.  How would your institution’s process and activities demonstrate that students are prepared for informed citizenship and workplace success?  We explore the proposed language and identify potential evidence that could be used in an accreditation review.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2019 – AWARDS GALA (must register separately)

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


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.

  • How Does Law Facilitate Versus Hinder Microfinance Initiatives in Small Countries: A Comparative Study, Sara Anne Hook and Audra Lawler, IUPUI.Findings from research of the laws for microfinance in four small counties with recommendations on laws that support a safe, ethical environment for microfinance activities.
  • Listening. Speaking, Transforming a School Community – One Student at a Time, Paula Jarrard, Indiana State University.A caring principal advocating for her elementary students led to a unique opportunity to immerse occupational therapy graduate students in robust experiential learning.
  • Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative, Joshua Novak, Matt Ryan, and Jeremy Charles, Indiana University Northwest. Indiana University Northwest nursing students partnered with the Indiana Black Barbershop Initiative to conduct research and community outreach.
  • Guided Pathways: Maximizing Student Achievement through Minimizing Choice, Emery Peck and Mia Johnson, Ivy Tech Community College Muncie. This project involves navigating the process of developing, revising, and implementing guided pathways across a course catalogue.
  • Preparing Students to Impact Health Care Disparities in NWI: A Service Learning Project, Cindy Robbins, Purdue University Northwest. Students and faculty connected with vulnerable populations in the appalachian region of Tennessee through a Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic.  This poster will share outcome data will be utilized to continue service of underserved vulnerable populations, in Northwest Indiana, through a simillar RAM clinic experience.
  • Teach IT: Teaching Techies to Teach, Una Thacker, Indiana University Bloomington. This poster points to available resources, describes the model of leadership of the program, and details methods used by the program to send students out to teach community members about concepts they are learning about at 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, Rodger Pinto, Sarah Knowlton, and Sarah Addy, Indiana University South Bend. The purpose of the presentation is to share approaches, results and future ideas of engaging the campus and greater community through our Constitution Week Series events based in civil discourse.
  • UIndyVotes! A Student Voter Registration Drive, Ally Nickerson and Laura Merriefield Wilson, University of Indianapolis. The presenters will describe the voter registration drive that involved registration and education and targeted both college students and the larger community.  The presenters will share the resources they developed, including a sample timeline and a best practices guide to community partnerships, social media, student mobilization, and activity organization/implementation.
  • Listen to Collaborate: Community Partners and University Faculty Working Together to Transform a Service-Learning Experience, Gail Hickey Purdue University Fort WayneLearn how an undergraduate Service-Learning experience was transformed through targeted conversations between faculty and community partners working hand-in-hand.

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. The purpose of this session is to share with attendees how course design can integrate critical reflection, implement community engagement and increase student vision and leadership capabilities for civic involvement in future work locales. Critical reflection is reached through speaking and listening to themselves, other students, and marginalized elderly members of our community. In the end, student understandings of citizenship can be transformed. We will realistically share the good, the bad, and the ugly including the reciprocal nature of the community-campus involvement from a community partner’s perspective.

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 

  • Hosting a Civic Leadership Academy on Your Campus – Elizabeth Bennion and Danielle Voss, Indiana University South Bend. This workshop will provide participants with all the information they need to create a Civic Leadership Academy open to the campus and community. I will share all materials related to Indiana University South Bend’s popular and successful Academy and will coach participants as they develop a plan for a customized Civic Leadership Academy on their campus. Participants will leave with a detailed action plan regarding Academy topics, format, recruitment strategy, community partnerships and more.
  • Listen, Collaborate, Transform: Reimagining our Institutional Learning Outcomes—the IUPUI+ – Kristy Sheeler, IUPUI. During this session,
    the presenter will discuss IUPUI’s process of revising its institutional learning outcomes to intentionally incorporate global, civic, and engaged learning. After attending this session participants will consider 1) whether and how their institutional values are captured in their Engaged Learning Outcomes (ELOs) and 2) strategies for navigating any revision process, both in the ideation of the revised learning outcomes and in securing institutional approval.

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

  • Moving from “Listening to Communities” to Action – Megan Betz, Indiana University Bloomington. During this session, the presenter will model how we worked together to build an action-focused, two-part Listening to Communities event. The presenters will describe their process to plan a fall event to map need and services in the community as they relate to campus-community engagement and a spring event to brainstorm collaborative ways to meet those needs. This session will reflect on the fall event, detail a plan for the spring event, and model through interactive activities the tools used to guide conversation. These activities should allow participants to leave the session with next steps for planning their own Listening To Communities event rooted in action and generative dialogue.
  • Mobile Clinic Model in the contexts of Gray, TN and Northwest IN – Julie Lara, Purdue Northwest. Nursing students partnered with Remote Area Medical to provide healthcare in Gray, TN. This project focused on maximizing community health outcomes by analyzing the communities of Gray, TN and Northwest Indiana through the International Community Assessment Model (ICAM) assessment tool. We used video to interview key stakeholders in researching the components of the model. The pop-up clinic model will help session participants expand their thinking on how to deliver healthcare within a community besides traditional means and meeting the self-identified community needs where they are.
  • More Than Just Words: Exploring What it Means to Move Towards Critical Community Engagement. Cristina Santamaría Graff, IUPUI and Kiesha Warren-Gordon, Ball State University. Words matter in community-engaged research or practice, especially prepositions. It’s important to consider what it means to work with, beside, for, or on when describing interpersonal relationships, particularly within community settings. This interactive workshop will center on activities through which participants can broaden their current understandings of how a critical, social justice orientation to community engagement can be applied in their current work through a Critical Community Engagement lens.

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

  • Fostering Dialogue across Differences – Dan Griffith, IUPUI. We each bring unique qualities to our relationships that present both opportunities and challenges for collaborating and communicating across differences.  We each come to such conversations at different levels of comfort, understanding, appreciation, and even resistance.  As much as we may desire dialogue, we either settle for polite discussion or escalate to conflict and debate. This session will present a model for intergroup dialogue from which participants can gain increased awareness and confidence for communicating across differences to enhance interpersonal relationships, engage in difficult conversations productively, and build alliances to foster understanding and community.
  • Transforming Northeast Indiana through Translation – Luis Camargo Paramo, and  Talia Bugel, Purdue Fort Wayne.No translation is effective without an engaged translator who is committed to sustained dialogue and interaction in the cultural and linguistic communities where he/she is embedded, both at home and abroad. With examples taken from the 16-week long service-learning project in Spanish translation of educational and healthcare materials, the presenters will show the importance of training local translators to fulfill the needs of our culturally and linguistically diverse society. After attending this session participants will be familiar with the steps that texts go through at the hands of translators, the activities the translators perform while working on those texts,  how translation “naturally” connects with social and community service, examples of the needs for translation in Northeast Indiana, the difference an engaged translator makes in the community, and be a able to advocate in their own communities for the contribution of translators to cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Transformational Learning Through an Interdisciplinary Refugee Simulation and Reflection – Sarah Neal, Lynn Schmidt, Kari Miller, Denna Thompson, Anderson University. The presenters will provide participants the opportunity to learn how to facilitate a large-scale simulation on their campus. Simulations are one of the best means to help students understand phenomena which are complex and far removed from their everyday lives. We use the large-scale Refugee Simulation as a model for multiple disciplines to partner and create a complex journey for students whose task is to flee the violence of their homeland (Syria) for the safety of another country. Through generative dialogue with faculty and immigration experts, they embrace an empathetic stance as a prerequisite to caring for vulnerable population groups.


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 Leadership, Campus Compact.

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.

The evening will be emceed by Angela Cain.


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

Presenting Sponsor

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

Supporting Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors


In-Kind Sponsors



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 for this event is now closed.

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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