The Summit

THE SUMMIT: Coming Together for the Common Good
February 24-26, 2021

Presented by:

  • Indiana Campus Compact
  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education
  • Independent Colleges of Indiana

Join experts from around the country, the region, and from our own backyards as our speakers and presenters explore this year’s theme, Coming Together for the Common Good, and weave it into the broad subject of community engagement in higher education with topics that address current situations, a look to the future, or even a constructive look back.

Attendees will be able choose from 22 sessions to attend live, and have exclusive access to the rest through video on demand. That’s over 30 hours of programming.

Opening Keynote – Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 10:00 AM

Dr. Zahra Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Politics at St. Mary’s College, California

Dr. Zahra Ahmed is a scholar-activist who has worked in higher education and other community-based educational spaces for over 20 years.  She is experienced in the fields of policy advocacy, civic engagement, and community organizing.  Dr. Ahmed earned her Masters degree in Social Work from Georgia State University with a focus on community partnerships and her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine with a focus on civic and community engagement.  She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Politics at St. Mary’s College of California where she integrates restorative justice and contemplative practices into her teaching as a means of supporting the mission of social justice movement building.  Her academic research focuses on contemplative justice and pedagogical practices that support political mobilization among students and people of color. Dr. Ahmed is also the founder and CEO for ONE Community Consulting, a community based consulting firm specializing in youth engagement and leadership development among marginalized communities.  In this role, she has supported public policy evaluation, strategic planning and systems change work among community based organizations throughout the states of Georgia, Louisiana, and California. 

Closing Keynote – Friday, February 26, 2021, 3:00 PM

Dr. Andrew Furco, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement, University of Minnesota

Andrew Furco is Associate Vice President for Public Engagement at the University of Minnesota, where he also serves as Professor of Higher Education. At the University of Minnesota, he has worked to elevate the centrality of community engagement across the institution’s research, teaching, and outreach activities as a strategy for building a more engaged university that serves and advances the public good.

His research and scholarly work focus on examining the role of service-learning and community engagement in primary, secondary, and higher education systems in the U.S. and abroad.  He has led or co-led more than 30 research studies that have explored various issues regarding the implementation, impacts, and institutionalization of community engagement within educational systems. His publications include several books and more than 90 journal articles and book chapters on service-learning and community engagement, several of which have been translated into multiple languages.

Prior to arriving in Minnesota, he spent 14 years at the University of California-Berkeley as the founding director of the Service-Learning Research and Development Center and as a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education.

Some acknowledgments of his work include the 2003 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Service-Learning Research (presented by the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement), Researcher of the Year Award (presented by the National Society of Experiential Education, 2006), and the Thomas Ehrlich Civic Engagement Faculty Award (presented by Campus Compact, 2012). In 2015, he was inducted into the national Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship.

Currently, Furco is co-leader of the National Forum for University Chief Engagement and Outreach Administrators and serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities’ Commission on Economic and Community Engagement.

Our lineup includes four distinct session types focused on an array of subjects. The sessions are concurrent, however you won’t have to miss any of them since you can access them on demand through our virtual attendee hub.

Once you register, you will find the full descriptions in the virtual attendee hub, at which point you can build your live schedule.

Session listing by type. Click on the title of the session to find a full description.

Best Practice Session

Best Practice session – 90 minutes2-3 speakers + 1 facilitator + easy to transfer best practice. Presentation with Q & A sessions which feature 2-3 co-speakers and a facilitator sharing insights and lessons learned on a specific topic that promotes the public good. Designed for practitioners with a wide range of experience in service-learning and community engagement.

  1. Frank Nierzwicki, Clinical Assistant Professor, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Ellen Szarleta, Professor, Indiana University Northwest, Rev. Curtis Whittaker, Progressive Community Church. Indiana University and Emerson Neighborhood, Gary, Indiana
  2. Genevieve Shaker, Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI, Sean Huddleston, President, Martin University, Lisa Harris, CEO, Eskenazi Health, Chad Priest, CEO, American Red Cross, Indiana Region. Martindale-Brightwood:  Enhancing Community Resilience Through Multi-Party Collaboration
  3. Laura Littlepage, Clinical Associate Professor, Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Julie Knapp, Clinical Assistant Professor, Indiana University, Mary Embry, Senior Lecturer, Indiana University,, and Michael Valliant, Director, CITL Service-Learning Program, Indiana University. Community Engaged Scholarship: More than Service. Community Engaged Scholarship: More than Service
  4. Laura Merrifield Wilson, Associate Professor, History and Political Science, University of Indianapolis,  Dr. Whitney Tipton, Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Indianapolis and, Ms. Ally Nickerson, undergraduate student and Senior Project Director for UIndyVotes!, University of Indianapolis. Organizing a Meaningful & Effective Voter Registration Drive on College Campuses          
  5. Lauren Wendling, Customer Success Manager, Collaboratory, Dr. Kristin Norris, Assistant Director of School Partnerships, Indiana University System of Higher Education, Dr. Ellen Szarleta, Director, Center for Urban and Regional Excellence, Indiana University Northwest, Cathy Valcke, Director of External Relations and Public Affairs, Indiana University Kokomo, and Dr. TJ Rivard, Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Indiana University East. Advancing P-12 Engagement through Data: An Indiana University System Approach
  6. Lulama Moyo, Community Engaged Learning Assistant Program Director, Center for Social Concerns University of Notre Dame, Ludy McCollester, Community Based Learning Coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club, South Bend, and David Lassen, Community Engaged Learning Program Director at the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame. Nurturing Community During Times of Upheaval: A Case Study of Community-University Collaborative Events During COVID-19
  7. Laura Weaver, Director of Professional Development and Engaged Learning, Indiana Campus Compact, Dr. Cristina Santamaría Graff, Assistant Professor of Special Education and Urban Teacher Education at IUPUI, Dr. Kiesha Warren-Gordon, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Ball State University, Dr. Susan Crisafulli, Professor of English at Franklin College, Dr. Jessica Lee, Assistant Professor of Social Work at IUPUI, Dr. Adam J. Kuban, Associate Professor of Journalism at Ball State University. Envisioning the Future: Exploring the Tenets of Critical Service Learning

Showcase Session

Showcase Session – 30 minutes.  1-2 presenters + poster or other artifacts. Space for emerging practitioners to share their projects or research in regard to higher education and the public good.

  1. Jason Ware, Clinical Assistant Professor, Honors College, Purdue University (West Lafayette). Integrating Dreams, Merging Roads, and Imagining Solidarity
  2. Elissa Thomann Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Southern Indiana, Dr. Erin Gilles, Assistant Professor, USI, Dr. Veronica Huggins, Assistant Professor, USI. Teaching with service learning: A collaboration between social work and public relations faculty
  3. Jean Marie Place, Associate Professor of Health Education and Promotion, Nutrition and Health Science, Ball State University, Raegen Monk, undergraduate student in Health Science, Ball State University.  Starting from Ground Zero: Building an Academic-Community Partnership to Address Addiction in Delaware County, Indiana
  4. Dane Minnick, Assistant Professor, Social Work, Ball State University and Daejun Park, PhD, MSW, Ohio University. Connecting community partners and social work academic programs: a field evaluation of addiction treatment education in Indiana
  5. Monika Herzig, Senior Lecturer, Arts Administration, Indiana University. Indiana Jazz Masters in the Schools
  6. Rachel Geesa, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Ball State University and Dr. Theresa Kruczek. Professor of Educational Psychology and School Counseling/Head Researcher for the School Counseling Lilly Grant, Ball State University. A Framework for Collaborative School Principal and School Counselor Preparation

Spark Session

Spark Session – 60 minutes. 1-2 presenters + 1 high-energy, activity-based session. Show and tell designed to share innovative programs, projects, and initiatives. This is the space for brief connections that will spark conversations and more ideas about engaging in the public good. Designed for an audience with a range of experience in service-learning and community engagement.

  1. Sarah Snider, Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing, English Department, Marian University. Reimaging and Rebalancing Community-Engaged Learning Structures
  2. Michael Slavkin, Assistant Professor of Counseling, Psychological Science and Counseling, Marian University, Holly Gastineau-Grimes, Director of First Year Seminar (FYS), Marian University. Building Using First Year Seminars to Examine Community Engagement
  3. Kara DuQuette, Project Manager, Office of Immersive Learning, Ball State University and Michelle Glowacki-Dudka, PhD., Professor of Adult, Higher, and Community Education, Ball State University. Framework of Care – Framing Immersive Learning
  4. Mya Miller, Graduate Student Assistant, Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement, University of Indianapolis, Marianna Foulkrod, Director, Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement, and Derrin Slack, Founder and CPO, ProAct Indy.  Building ProActive Communities for the Common Good through Higher Education
  5. Tom Mould, Professor of Anthropology and Folklore, History, and Anthropology, Butler University, Ann Homrighous, Director of Programs and Services at Heritage Place of Indianapolis, Josie Buendia, Butler student and project participant, Jack Dicen, Butler student and project participant, Kayla Erpenbeck, Butler student and project participant, Hillary Kulavic, Butler student and project participant, Danny Schmiegel, Butler student and project participant. Working with Local Seniors: The Family Story Project
  6. Peri Yuksel, Assistant Professor, Psychology, New Jersey City University, Ansley LaMar, Professor, Psychology, New Jersey City University. Engaging Diverse College Students Through Inquiry to Discover and Appreciate Civic Knowledge and Values
  7. Lindsey Payne, Director, Service-Learning, Office of Engagement, Purdue University and Carly Evich, Service-Learning Graduate Assistant, Purdue University. Staying Relevant: Shifting to Virtual Faculty Development in the Times of COVID-19


Workshop – 120 minutes1-2 presenters + 1-2 activities/small group breakouts + 1-2 tangible takeaways. Participatory sessions that provide skill-building and deep exploration into a subject that can help fuel projects and programs designed to promote the public good in community-campus partnerships. Designed specifically for an audience with deep experience in service-learning and community engagement, but open to anyone.

  1. Suzanne Plesha, Director of the Office of Immersive Learning, Ball State University. The Devil is in the Details: How Dialog and Planning Can Produce Project-Based Learning Opportunities that Promote Strong Community Partnerships and Greater Impact.

The Summit will also include a virtual awards celebration – we have some fun ideas and can’t wait to celebrate with our incredible partners!

Registration Pricing:

All Summit registrations include the Awards Celebration Session. The Summit registration fee structure is as follows:

  1. Summit $75 – all attendees are able to use the discounted Summit price this year.
  2. Summit-Student price $35 – all student attendees are able to use the extra discount this year.
  3. Awards Celebration Session Only (individual ticket) $0
    • Please note: The Awards ceremony will be free to all participants this year.

Registration information:

  • Registration closes February 19, 2021.
  • Late conference registrations will not be accepted.
  • Refunds will not be offered.

To register, go to

If you don’t have an account, please follow the directions to create one, and then follow the steps below to register for the Summit. Please note, you will be asked for a verification code to complete account creation – this code will be sent to the email address you are using to create the account.

If you already have an account, please follow the steps below.

  1. Click on Professional Development, Workshops, and Training in the header menu.
  2. Then click on Register for a Professional Development Opportunity (registration) from the links in the body of the page.
  3. You will find the welcome page for the Summit. On the right side of the welcome page, you will see a registration button which will take you to the registration page where you will add (+) to Summit Registration.
  4. Finish your registration by clicking Process.

If you have any questions or run into trouble during your registration process, please contact Summer Webb at 317-274-6501 or summer {at} incampuscompact(.)org.