Last Chance to Nominate a Newman Fellow: February 1st
Campus Compact's national office is now accepting nominations for the 2021-2022 Newman Civic Fellowship, a yearlong program that recognizes and supports outstanding community-committed students at Campus Compact member institutions. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides in-person and virtual learning opportunities focused on building the skills fellows need to serve as effective agents of change. Submission deadline: February 1, 2021.
Scholarship Deadline Sunday, January 31: Youth Serve Montana
Each year, up to one hundred high school seniors are selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of their volunteer service in their respective communities. Qualifying students will have completed 100 hours or more of volunteer service within the last 12 months. The Youth Serve Montana award is made via MTCC’s partnership with the Governor’s Office of Community Service and Reach Higher Montana. We are delighted to offer this scholarship opportunity to provide financial assistance for our Montana students who will be attending a Montana Campus Compact Institution in Fall 2021.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2021
The Community Building Institute will be offered in early 2021 ( February 23-25 and March 2-4) and registration is live here. This fall over 90 participants from Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Maryland engaged with this six-day series! CBI educates AmeriCorps members, graduate students, campus and nonprofit staff about how to meet community needs in a responsible and responsive manner. If you are staff, faculty, student or administrator with a Montana Campus Compact campus, use the code "Montana" to receive waived registration.
Continuums of Service Conference: March 17th The Western and Midwest Campus Compact Consortia are hosting virtual conferences on March 17th and May 25, respectively. The overarching theme for the virtual events is Full Participation, with a specific focus on “Resilience and Responsibility for Racial and Environmental Justice.” The March 17 Continuums of Service will feature a keynote from the University of Denver's Dr. Tom Romero II.
We've been sharing the stories of our inspiring George M. Dennison Civic Engagement Scholarship Recipients, MLK Read For Peace student poems and great pieces from AmeriCorps members reflecting on their service to Montana at our Facebook page and blog. This photo features poems written by Lewis and Clark Elementary School students in Missoula, during MLK Read for Peace 2021.
Community-engaged experiences provide the opportunity for faculty to collaborate authentically and reciprocally with partners who often represent historically disenfranchised communities where policy, resource allocation, and deficit-based communication strategies had an impact on growth, perception and development. This recipe results in implicit bias that exists in everyone, and as a result, microaggressions occur. That is exactly what happened on our campus and in our community. As Community Engagement professionals, during our support of faculty service-learning instruction and implementation, we started to see and hear an increasing number of microaggressions from faculty members, community partners and students. In response to these microaggressions occurring within service-learning experiences on our campus we developed workshops for students, faculty, staff and community partners to dedicate time and space to explore their journey with these concepts and to arm them with tools and strategies to address bias in community engagement work and to respond to microaggressions when they occur. This interactive session provides attendees hands-on learning about implicit bias, microaggressions, microresistence strategies and lessons learned from one campus’s journey to involve all community engagement stakeholders in these conversations. Participants will explore how they can engage their campus and community in opportunities to learn about microaggressions and microresistance and to develop strategies for their own community-engaged work to address these issues.
Speakers: Kirsten Case Fuller, Julie Dierberger, Latrina Parker
Host AmeriCorps and VISTA Members, Gear Up to Help us Recruit Your Students
the COVID-19 Pandemic has added additional stress on colleges' and universities' work to support K-12 partnerships and student access and success. All campuses are encouraged to apply for AmeriCorps members to help address these unique challeges. The network office is accepting applications on a rolling basis. If you're receiving this email, chances are your campus is a member of Campus Compact, and AmeriCorps funding is one of the most utilized benefits of affiliation. AmeriCorps members support and expand what campuses do to remove barriers to education, to partner with community, and provide support and services for our most vulnerable. Apply to host here, and learn more about our AmeriCorps programming by watching the playback of our virtual open house here!
Soon we will be opening recruitment for our full-time 2021 projects, and if you'd like information for your students, please email Eli Bowe.
The Community Engagement Professional Credential offers a framework for community engagement professionals to grow and achieve formal recognition for the knowledge and skills they develop in their careers. Micro-credtional certification areas include: Community Engagement Fundamentals,Community Partnerships, Community-Engaged Learning and Teaching (Service-Learning), Program Administration, and Supporting Engaged Faculty Development.
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