Fall 2017 Semester Kick-off Packet

Find Home This Semester with Indiana Campus Compact as Your Support

Dear Partners & Friends:

As summer comes to an end and we face the academic year ahead, I’m reminded of poet Rose Abbott’s words about leaving summer behind:

It’s not just summer, 
It’s the memories that last.
It’s the friends,
The laughs,
The campfires . . .
And vivid pasts.

These words remind me of everything I enjoy. The parts of my life that provide comfort, support, and create a notion of home. But these comforts aren’t exclusive to summer and can be found every day in the work we do and the relationships we create. The Indiana Campus Compact team and I are fortunate to work with colleagues like you; people who work together to create partnerships, friendships, laughs, and . . . memories.

This year we want to continue to build memories with you and provide the support you need to find your own homes, whether that be within your institutions or within your communities. The list below is just a sample of what we have to offer. These include 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 campus, let us know and we can work with you to make that happen.


  1. Kick-Off Retreat: September 15th at Jameson Camp

Replacing what was known for years as our Annual Networking Retreat, we’ve re-branded to focus more on preparing you for the upcoming academic year. Learn from Exodus Refugee Immigration about how you can welcome and support newcomers. Renew your risk-taking vision with Nadinne Cruz, participate in peer-led community conversations about equity, civil discourse and more, or attend a bias-awareness training and social innovation roundtables. Additionally, we will provide space and special programming for Indiana Campus Compact Campus (ICC) Liaisons to connect and to learn how to leverage the resources of ICC and get the most out of your membership. If you responded to our Needs Assessment last spring (THANK YOU!), we will distribute the results at this meeting. Registration ends on September 5th. There is a cap on registration, so register early to secure your spot!

  1. ICC Reads Discussion Group: Monthly

This new program is an online book discussion group in which individuals from Indiana Campus Compact partner institutions participate in a common read and discuss the selected text. The 2017-2018 ICC Reads selection is Engaging Higher Education: Purpose, Platforms, and Programs for Community Engagement by Marshall Welch. Registration for this year’s program ends on September 19th.

  1. Making Ripples—Student Webinar Series: Monthly

This monthly webinar series is for students who are devoted to work in and with communities. Presentations will focus on topics such as finding funding to support your community-based work, planning Martin Luther King Day of Service and Spring Break Service experiences, telling your story in a meaningful way, and how to highlight your service experiences on your resume.

  1. Carnegie Academy: October 24th-25th in Indianapolis

We are delighted to collaborate with IUPUI on this special event that will help campus teams prepare for applying to Carnegie’s 2020 Classification for Community Engagement in Higher Education. Teams will learn from experts in the field regarding strategies and tools for monitoring, tracking, assessment, and evaluation as it relates to the Classification.

  1. Best Practices in Assessing Community Engagement (BPACE): Student Learning Outcomes

This dynamic online learning experience is back and shorter than ever! BPACE has been condensed from its usual year-long format into a semester-long format that will build the capacity of individuals to assess student civic learning, and development, that occurs within a course or program at your institution. Registration will open in October with the series beginning in January.

  1. Pen to Paper—A Writing Retreat Focused on Writing With, For, and About Service and Engagement: November 9th-11th in Rochester, New York

In partnership with New York Campus Compact and Nazareth College, Indiana Campus Compact will present Pen to Paper to provide time, space, and resources for faculty, professional staff, and graduate students who are working on journal manuscriptsor book chapters related to service-learning and community engagement. During this three-day retreat, participants will discuss their work with editors from major publications in the field, explore publishing outlets, receive mentoring from Senior Faculty Coaches, share ideas with peers, and have the time to write and revise.

  1. 8th Annual Service Engagement Summit and Awards Gala—Connecting Across Divides: February 26th-27th in Indianapolis

We are excited to announce two dynamic keynotes for this year’s Summit: Eva Mozes Kor and Amal Kassir. Eva received international attention when she forgave the Nazis for the experiments that were done to her by Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. This story was documented in the film, Forgiving Dr. Mengele. Amal is a spoken word artist and humanitarian whose work involves initiatives for Syria and organizing against Islamophobia.

The Summit will include Deep Dive Workshops, the Awards Gala and Indiana Campus Compact’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, and Breakout Sessions. Don’t miss out on submitting a proposal to present your work or applying for yourself or a colleague for one of our awards.

  1. Campus Compact National Conference—True Stories of Engagement: March 25th-28th in Indianapolis

The national conference for the entire Campus Compact network will be right here in our own backyard! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to interact with colleagues from across the globe and to learn from keynotes such as award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter.

  1. Connecting Campuses with Communities—The Service-Learning Institute & Research Academy: May 7th-11th in Indianapolis

This annual, week-long event has hosted over 400 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 of honing their skills as a service-learning scholar and community engagement practitioner. Registration will open in December.


  1. Grants: Quarterly

Indiana Campus Compact gives away thousands of dollars a year in funding through our grants programs, including grants for student service projects and plunges, course development grants for faculty, and grants for faculty or staff to offset the costs of a campus community dialogue.

  1. Social Innovation Micro-Lending: Rolling

Our micro-lending is made possible by a partnership with Bankable (on behalf of the Indiana Small Business Administration) to provide an opportunity for college students or alums from any Indiana Campus Compact partner campus to obtain a loan to start a social venture. Attend the Kick-Off Retreat on September 15th to learn more!


  1. The Compact Nation Podcast: Monthly on iTunes

Season 2 of The Compact Nation Podcast will launch in late-August. This twice a month download 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.

This is just a sneak peek into what is in store for the upcoming year. More opportunities are on the horizon, and I look forward to unveiling each of those to you as we create a home together over the next year.

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

See you on September 15th!

J.R. Jamison, Executive Director