🔜 Campus Compact Advisory Committee Elects New Leadership
Montana Campus Compact's statewide Advisory Committee convened at Montana State Univerity last week for its annual in-person Network Meeting. This meeting serves as an opportunity for our hard working campus representatives to come together to debrief their years, share their successes and challenges, enjoy some excellent professional development and choose new leadership.
On that note, Flathead Valley Community College's Wendy Jeschke (right) is our outgoing chair, and among her accomplishments in that role are: leading the group through its planning work and convening a set of successful monthly Advisory Committee meetings over the academic year , connecting Montana with the national work of the Campus Vote Project, and leveraging FVCC's Global Programs Director (Gerda Reeb) to lead a high-impact session about what Montana's higher education community should consider when pursuing its diversity, equity and inclusion agenda. Wendy is a great leader, and invests time not only locallly, but to build the capacity of her colleagues statewide. Thank you for leadership this past year.
Our incoming leaders are Emily Lynch (left) from the University of Montana's Experiential Learning and Career Success and Emily Schuff (center), Director of Student Life from Helena College UM. We're priveleged to get to work with people as committed to supporting students as these three. Join us in thanking them, please!
🔜International Blackfoot Research Conference
June 14th-16th, 2022
The International Blackfoot Research Conference is an event to honor the traditional research process of the Siksikaitsitapi, which includes the Amskapi Piikani (Blackfeet –Southern Piegan), Siksika Nation (Blackfoot), Piikani Nation (Piegan), and Kaiaiwa Nation (Blood).
Blackfeet Community College believes this may be an opportunity for the Blackfoot Confederacy to unite and celebrate educational sovereignty, through the sharing of knowledge among bands, yet under the unification of one nation.
Blackfoot Research Conference will recognize eminent scholars and elders to share knowledge on the traditional research process, which may include oral tradition, language, and our traditional lifeways.
Presentations in other areas may include Agriculture, Arts & Media, Business, Computer Science & Technology, Education, Health Care Fields, Humanities, Human Services, Industrial Services, Law & Legal Studies, Math & Science, or other areas. Work in these areas must be focused on the advancement of the Blackfoot (or Indigenous) peoples and/or research conducted by Blackfoot people.
Our amazing AmeriCorps leaders got together in May for three days of training, professional development and networking. These talented folks are over the 3/4 mark in their terms of service, and gearing up to support summer college access programming with their teams around the state. Thank you, AmeriCorps members!
-Montana Campus Compact Team
🔜 Call for Montana College Grads: MTCC AmeriCorps Applications Open!
The MTCC network just began accepting applications for its full-time, yearlong AmeriCorps positions. These paid positions begin in July, August, and September of 2022 and include a living allowance, (Pell-sized) AmeriCorps Education Award, and other benefits. Explore the benefits of service.
In 2022-2023, AmeriCorps members will serve with a range of schools and nonprofits, including Helena College, the Arlee Rehabilitation Center, the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana, Poplar High School and Fort Peck Community College, and many more!
Interested candidates are invited to learn more and apply!
Join Maine Campus Compact for a Free Faculty Development Training!
With our planet in crisis and communities being impacted by growing challenges, higher education is called to action to take the lead in addressing two of the world’s most pressing social issues: Climate Change and Food Insecurity. In service to the highest ideals of democracy, faculty are well positioned to help prepare students to address complex global problems. To help prepare faculty for this vital role, we are offering a timely one-week virtual course with three live sessions stemming from Maine Campus Compact's Campuses for Environmental Stewardship (CES) program. This course will bring together faculty participants to consider ways to implement community-engaged teaching/learning while addressing many critical topics.
Our colleagues with Hawai'i Pacific Islands, and the Western Region Consortium are excited to share that the long-standing community-engaged teaching and learning Continuums of Service conference is scheduled from March 14-17, 2023 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
The conference theme is "Turning the tides: Renewing our Energy" and the conference promises a deep-dive approach to examining reciprocal, transformational campus-community partnerships.
Please save the date, more information to follow!
🎓Campus Compact Impact Awards
Now accepting nominations for the next Impact Award recipients!
Every year, Campus Compact seeks to recognize outstanding faculty, community engagement professionals, and academic institutions for their transformational leadership in advancing the public purposes of higher education through our Impact Awards.
Individuals may be nominated by a colleague or submit an application on their own behalf. Learn more about application requirements at compact.org/impact-awards.
Applications & Nominations are due September 30, 2022
These include awards for faculty, staff and institutions.
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✍️ Remember Our Past...Build Our Future
By Donna Stuccio
Five months have passed since my previous blog. I couldn’t remember so I had to look through the archives to remind myself how much time passed since I wrote it. My feet feel so firmly planted in Browning, that I was certain it was much longer ago. In my first couple of months here, I couldn’t foresee how seamless this transition could be. There has been huge swath of generosity that has continued to surround me since I arrived in Montana, starting with all the leaders of Montana Campus Compact, the wonderful AmeriCorps members in my cohort, the people who have housed me, others with whom I have randomly crossed paths and formed friendships, and everyone at Blackfeet Community College. ...
President Bodnar Welcomes Student Protest and Dissent
(Piece originally from in the Hechinger Report in February 2022)
When I first took on the role of president at the University of Montana nearly four years ago, my chief of staff mused that I’d need to draw upon a reservoir of endurance in the face of many tests ahead.
As a former U.S. Army Special Forces officer, I quipped, “I’ve lived for extended periods of time in places where I was surrounded by people who wanted to kill me.”
“Sure,” she replied. “But this is different. This is academia.”
Turns out she was right.
At the University of Montana, we have a vocal student body. If a protest hasn’t disrupted the rhythm of campus life in several months, I start to worry.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement - The mission of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement is to serve as the premier peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal to advance theory and practice related to all forms of outreach and engagement between higher education institutions and communities.
Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education - The Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education is an online, international, peer-reviewed journal for the dissemination of original research regarding effective institutional-community partnerships. Our primary emphasis is to provide an outlet for sharing the methodologies and pedagogical approaches that lead to effective community-identified outcomes.
Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement - Partnerships recognizes that successful engaged learning depends on effective partnerships between students, faculty, community agencies, administrators, disciplines, and more. The articles in this peer-reviewed journal focus on how theories and practices can inform and improve such partnerships, connections, and collaborations.
Campus Compact Podcast - Bring higher education community engagement on the go with Compact Nation Podcast! Tune in bi-weekly for conversations with leading community engagement professionals and discussions of new research and innovative work in the field.
Hidden Brain- Hidden Brain explores the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior and questions that lie at the heart of our complex and changing world.
The Way Forward - The Way Forward features conversations between an array of academic leaders and faculty innovators. The conversations range from visions of engaged, "outside-in" universities committed to their communities, to proposals that center "wicked problems," not disciplinary 101's, at the heart of general education, to stories of successful institutional transformation in the face of fiscal, racial, and health crises.
Stuff You Should Know - If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime, and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.
Tiny Spark - A podcast that takes a hard look at non-profits, international aid, and philanthropy. Tiny Spark investigates the business of doing good. In-depth interviews and shoe leather reporting from across the globe.
📚Resources and Toolkits
Benefits of Civic and Community Engagement Primer - The Primer on the Benefits and Value of Civic & Community Engagement in Higher Education, was created by the NC Campus Compact Community of Practice, Inquiry & Learning (COPIL). COPIL is comprised of practitioner-scholars interested in being part of the ongoing inquiry that is helping to establish promising practices of civic and community engagement and to build a knowledge base around it.
Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement - The Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning that it is based on voluntary participation by institutions. The elective classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity, and commitments and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions.
Civic Action Plan Library - Civic Action Plans from Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement initiative. We are consistently updating the CAP Library as new plans are submitted, so check back often to view the bold approaches our member campuses are taking to further the public purposes of higher education.
Community-Based Global Learning Collaborative - Through a network of educational institutions and community organizations, The Collaborative advances ethical, critical, and aspirationally de-colonial community-based learning and research for more just, inclusive, and sustainable communities. The Collaborative is hosted in the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College, and funded through member contributions.
Daily Chatter World Newsletter - Campus Compact is proud to partner with DailyChatter to provide independent, non-partisan, global news for free to our member institutions. We hope that this daily newsletter provides a deeper understanding of global issues and inspires more nuanced conversations about what’s happening in the world around us.
Virtual Volunteer Resource Collection - To help students, we have compiled a collection of virtual volunteering opportunities – this resource includes non-profits, search engines, news articles, research papers, videos, and software links.
Campus Compact Virtual Dialogue Training - Campus Compact is pleased to share this offering for faculty, community engagement professionals, and others interested in using the deliberative dialogue method as an educational tool for building student capacity to engage in thoughtful, constructive, and critical discussions of public questions.
Campus Compact Webinar Series - Campus Compact’s webinars take the great and varied work happening on the ground around the country and bring it straight to your desk.
TED Talks - TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment, and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events to help share ideas in communities around the world.
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