Start the fall semester off with help from Indiana Campus Compact

Dear Friends & Colleagues:

This upcoming academic year will be an exciting one for Indiana Campus Compact and all of our partner institutions. You may have read that Lilly Endowment Inc.  awarded our organization $900,000 to support your work in campus-community engagement and high-impact practices. As a partner in the Compact, you will see these dollars translated into grant programs, learning communities, institutes, colloquia, assessment and research support, and place-based customized assistance from our office to your door.

In addition to these new dollars, we will offer micro-lending for students and alums who are in the process of building businesses and organizations with a social impact focus; writing retreats with top-tier journal editors for graduate students, faculty, and professional staff; and opportunities for statewide and national awards and recognition, among other activities both new and old. Our ultimate goal is to meet you where you are and then help scaffold your work upward.

Take a look through the tabs below to find the right opportunities for you, and, as always, let us know how we can best be of assistance to you.

In service –



J.R. Jamison, Executive Director

P.S. We are in a new space with a new mailing address and new email addresses! Please update you address books and save us to your safe senders list.

Fall 2019 Kick-off Retreat

Registration is now open! Join us from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on September 20, 2019 for our annual Fall Retreat, which is FREE and open only to Indiana Campus Compact partner campuses. While there are “isms” that connote wonderful qualities – altruism comes to mind, or beautiful art – cubism is a personal favorite, there are “isms” that are destructive, derisive, and deadly – racism, fanaticism, imperialism, are among a distressingly large list. At this year’s Fall Kick-off Retreat, we have an exceptional opportunity for our partner campuses to explore “isms” with extraordinary experts in their fields as their guides.

Pen to Paper Writing Retreat

Interested in attending Pen to Paper 2020? Check the Pen to Paper website in October 2019 to find out the date and location of Pen to Paper 2020. Contact Laura at laura {at} incampuscompact(.)org for more information. The photo is a sneak peek to help you start imagining yourself with a quiet, peaceful place to write.

10th Annual SUMMIT

Save the date for our 10th annual Summit – February 24, 2020.  We are switching to a one-day format to concentrate on lifting up the achievements of our partner campuses’ faculty, staff, students, and community partners through awards and showcasing models and best practices. Stay tuned for information about our incredible keynote speaker and a detailed description of the day, but meanwhile, please mark you calendars!


Many Indiana Campus Compact partner campuses have scheduled on-campus professional development workshops that are tailored specifically for the faculty, staff, and students at their institution. While we are always eager to speak at events, present workshops, and assess your community engagement programs at your institution, our schedules are almost full for the spring semester! So now is the time to begin thinking about scheduling your institution’s Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 workshops. Find out more about the scheduling process and view sample workshops here.


MARCH 29 – APRIL 1, 2020

The Campus Compact National Conference 2020 conference will be held in the heart of downtown Seattle at the Hyatt Regency.

Best Practices in Assessing Community Engagement (BPACE)


Best Practices in Assessing Community Engagement (BPACE or “Bee-Pace”) is a catalog of learning opportunities for faculty and staff in higher education. Through BPACE, participants can increase their knowledge, skills, and attitudes around not only various inquiry practices – assessment, evaluation, tracking, monitoring, etc. –  but also the variety of initiatives, programs, or pedagogies that connect campus – its people, resources, practices) with community (our people, assets, organizations, issues or problems, etc..


Campus Compact’s National Webinar Series takes the great and varied work happening on the ground around the country and brings it straight to your desk. Topics touch on issues of relevance to faculty, staff, students, and their partners in education and community building. Be sure to tune in to each session for information, tools, and resources to support and inspire you.

These webinars are being offered free of charge, but all participants must register in advance to receive an access link. Registration opens soon.

The following grants are available for this fall!

The Indiana Campus Compact High-Impact Community Engagement Practices funding opportunity will support the development and implementation of a high-impact community engagement learning practice (Hoy & Johnson, 2013). These types of activities can include both curricular (first-year seminars, capstone courses, global learning, internships, service-learning courses, undergraduate research course, and writing intensive courses) and co-curricular (common intellectual experiences, learning communities) experiences (Longo & Gibson, 2016) that also incorporate an intentional emphasis community-engagement practices—e.g., place, humility, integration, depth, development, reflection, teams, capacity building, impact

The Indiana Campus Compact Strengthening Communities grant supports a wide range of community engagement experiences from episodic place-based projects to regional Indiana-based plunge experiences, to short-term on-going co-curricular community engagement activities, to training and advocacy initiatives addressing systemic community issues. Projects are to be designed in such a way that participants are able to further develop a deeper understanding of civic learning and democratic engagement, including the skills and concepts necessary to implement such activities and develop into future civic leaders and civic minded professionals.

Learn More About All of Indiana Campus Compact’s Funding Opportunities Here.


The Social Innovation Microlending Program provides an opportunity for college student and alum social entrepreneurs to obtain a loan of up to $50,000 to start a social venture. If you are ready to bring about social change and have an idea for a social venture in need of additional capital and support, this program is for you.

Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Awards

The Indiana Campus Compact 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.


  • 2020 Applications closed May 15, 2019
  • 2020 Award winners and nominees will be recognized at the 2020 Summit in February of 2020
  • 2021 Applications will be available January 2020
  • Watch for an Early Career Award for faculty and an Emerging Leaders Award for students
  • Starting with the 2021 Awards, applications will be available in January.


The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor on the basis of their potential for public leadership.


MARCH 21, 2019