Start the New Academic Year with Support from Indiana Campus Compact!

Welcome back to campus, partners & friends:

This time of year offers a certain nostalgia that makes me eager to get back into the swing of our work. While community engagement doesn’t follow a specific calendar and keeps us busy year round, it’s you, our trusted colleagues, who begin to reemerge within our inboxes and through our phones. It’s a reminder that none of us are in this work alone, and that we need each other to truly meet our goals.

Our team here at Indiana Campus Compact has worked tirelessly over the past few months to put together a year centered on the theme of Listen. Talk. Transform..

 Hmm . . . what does that mean?” you ask.

For starters, we’ve adjusted some of our programs to be more intentional about our joint commitment to community-campus engagement for systematic change toward a healthier democracy—and that includes adaptable methods and practices that bring people together across difference.

As you navigate the tabs below, you’ll find trainings, events, resources, and funding that will help you meet this goal. You’ll also find the tried and true opportunities you’ve come to expect from us.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions, thoughts, or how we might better help you and your partners meet your goals. See you on September 21st for the Fall Kick-Off Retreat.

All the best –

J.R. Jamison, Executive Director

ICC Reads – Fall 2018 Session

Free and only available for Indiana Campus Compact partner campuses, Indiana Campus Compact’s Book Club, ICC Reads, is in its third iteration!  Join us this fall on Fridays at noon. This session of ICC Reads will focus on Community-Based Research (CBR) and feature the text Community-Based Research: Teaching for Community Impact edited by Mary Beckman and Joyce F. Long. 

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

Indiana Campus Compact is, once again, offering the unique and meaningful professional learning opportunity, Best Practices in Assessing Community Engagement: Student Learning Outcomes Assessment. So far, this online course’s participants generated over 40 robust assessment plans which have been implemented across the nation to assess students’ civic learning during college. Get information this fall to be ready for the course to start in January 2018.

Customized Training

Indiana Campus Compact provides professional development for faculty, staff, and students on your campus. We are available to speak at events, present workshops, and assess your community engagement programs at your institution, all tailored it all to meet the needs of beginning practitioners to experienced engaged scholars.

The Compact Nation Podcast

Season 3 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 Emily J. Shields and Andrew Seligsohn and is available twice a month for FREE on all devices and anywhere podcasts are downloadable.


This year’s retreat will kick-off Listen. Talk. Transform., a year-long look into the many forms of dialogue as a tool for crossing differences and improving lives in our communities. Join us September 21, 2018 for our annual retreat, which is FREE and open only to Indiana Campus Compact partner campuses. This event is designed to be a chance for faculty, staff, and students, of all levels of involvement in service-learning and community engagement, to hone their skills and leave rejuvenated and ready to work.

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

If you did not already know, your campus may be eligible to apply (or re-apply) for Carnegie’s Classification for Community Engagement in Higher Education.Join us on Friday, November 16, 2018 for a team-based working session with our staff. Plan to attend- whether or not you/your campus intends to apply for this distinction in this cycle (i.e., 2020) or beyond (i.e., 2025).


Join us in Indianapolis for the 9th annual Service Engagement Summit, February 25-26, 2019. This year’s conference theme, Listen. Talk. Transform., is the culmination of a year-long look into the many forms of dialogue as a tool for crossing differences and improving lives in our communities. Indiana Campus Compact is seeking presentations that will inform or advance the study and practice of service-learning and community engagement in higher education. Preference will be given to proposals that include the use of dialogue in one of its many forms (sustained, reflective, generative, deliberative, etc.).


Indiana Campus Compact and the Center for Service and Learning invite you to attend the 2019 Connecting Campuses with Communities (CCC) conference. This annual event has hosted over 400 engaged scholars from more than 100 institutions and five countries. The week-long conference is a two-part event that focuses on building a network of scholars and practitioners.

Pen to Paper Writing Retreat: A Writing Retreat Focused on Writing With, For, and About Service and Engagement

Pen to Paper is an academic writing retreat designed to provide time, space, and resources to guide faculty, professional staff, graduate students, and community partners working on manuscripts related to service-learning and community engagement. The two and a half-day retreat provides participants with time to discuss ideas with and receive feedback from editors, receive mentoring from retreat facilitators, share ideas with peers, and write.


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



Three types of grants are available from this funding: Scholarship of Engagement Grants for faculty, Student Community Service Grants, and Listening to Communities Grants for faculty and staff. Each grant is unique in its purpose, but all have community engagement as the end result. Funding can be used for a variety of projects from course/curriculum development to student initiatives/events to holding listening sessions for community agencies.



Conference Registration Scholarships are available for faculty, students, and staff to offset the registration costs of presenting at non-ICC conferences so that their work in service-learning and community engagement can be showcased outside of Indiana. The presentation must relate to the mission of Indiana Campus Compact. Preference is given to those who present on their Indiana Campus Compact supported work. Applications are due on a rolling basis.

Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Awards

NEW TIMELINE: 2019 Applications are due October 25, 2018.

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.

  • ENGAGED CAMPUS AWARDThis award recognizes Indiana institutions of higher education for exemplary commitment to advancing the civic purposes of higher education.
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE DIRECTOR AWARD – This award honors community engagement professionals facilitate and inspire service engagement to create campus and community connections.
  • OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD – The Indiana Campus Compact Outstanding Community Partner award recognizes an outstanding community partner organization and its staff and volunteers for their partnership with an Indiana Campus Compact partner institution to educate and empower students while providing a positive impact in their communities.


We are pleased to announce that the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education and Indiana Campus Compact are partnering for a special edition dedicated to Critical Service-Learning. This issue will be guest edited by Dr. Tania D. Mitchell. Scholars and practitioners of critical service-learning and social justice are invited to submit manuscripts no later than November 30, 2018



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The printable calendar contains all the dates and deadlines described in this kick-off – and more!

Customize the printable calendar to meet your needs. If you would like to add your contact information and specifics for your campus at the bottom of the calendar before you pass it along to your colleagues, just email Liza Blomquist at eldnewma {at} iupui(.)edu with a short sentence or two. Checkout the example for Purdue Fort Wayne.

Download Indiana Campus Compact event and program posters to share on campus