Five Montana Students Selected for Newman Civic Fellowship

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. These Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor on the basis of their potential for public leadership. Five Montana students were selected for the 2022-23 cohort.

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!

Blackfeet Community College President Karla Bird will speak at Swarthmore's Engaged Scholarship Symposium, happening April 11-13. Registration is free, but participants must register.
MSUB's Pow Wow

Our amazing VISTA Amber Peretz, who's serving with MSU Billings Native American Achievement Center, encouraged us to share the fact that starting this Friday, MSUB will host its annual pow wow. 

2024 Elective Classification for Community Engagement

New website and 2024 cycle frameworks

The Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning that it is based on voluntary participation by institutions.

Explore the application process: 

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. 

Campus Compact’s 2021-2022 national webinar series

Campus Compact’s National Webinar series returns for 2021-2022 with more to support and inspire you. 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 help you in your work.

No cost for staff, faculty and students from Campus Compact member institutions.

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Montana State University student and Missing and Murdered Indigenous People activist Kola Bad Bear Speaks with Stanford's Tara Vanderveer
Tara Vanderveer, Kola Bad Bear share poignant moment after NCAA tournament game
By Tom Wylie

March 19, 2022

STANFORD, Calif. — Montana State and Stanford battled for four quarters, with the Cardinal overpowering the Bobcats en route to a 78-37 win in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

But after the game, legendary Cardinal coach Tara Vanderveer and Bobcat junior forward Kola Bad Bear, shared a moment that was bigger than basketball.

Through her friend Vikki Howard, who works with indigenous teachers in the Montana University System, Vanderveer became aware of Bad Bear’s advocacy for Missing Murdered and Indigenous People.

AmeriCorps member Noah Aukerman (Montana Tech) accompanyies Upward Bound students on a visit to MSU for ‘MSU Friday.’
Learning, Healing and Other Two-Way Streets 
By Noah Aukerman

February 25, 2022

For much of my life, the societies I have lived in have conceptualized learning as an activity with two primary actors; the learner and the teacher, with the former understood to be somewhat dependent on the latter in this model. However, this season of my life has been marked by repeated realizations that the world cannot be fully understood through the lens of these categories we create to make sense of things.

As an AmeriCorps service member serving with TRIO Upward Bound and Talent Search at Montana Tech, I find myself in the role of one who participates in the education of youth, specifically high schoolers. As a recent university graduate hoping to continue my education at the graduate level in the future, I know myself to be a learner. I have come to notice a learned tendency I have to set aside one of these identities in favor of the other in a given context. I have begun to reflect on why this might be. Why do I see myself as less of a learner when I am lending my energy to another person’s educational journey?

Hip Hop, Grit, and Academic Success: Bettina Love at TEDxUGA

This impassioned talk explains how students who identify with Hip Hop culture have been ignored or deemed deficient in schools because of mainstream misconceptions associated with Hip Hop culture. Through Hip Hop, these students embody the characteristics of grit, social and emotional intelligence, and the act improvisation- all of which are proven to be predictors for academic success. So where is the break down between formalized education and the potential for success for these students? Dr. Love argues that ignoring students' culture in the classroom is all but an oversight; it's discrimination and injustice that plays out in our culture in very dangerous ways. 


Campus Compact Bookstore - Campus Compact is pleased to offer 20% off of book prices for Campus Compact member campuses. 


International Undergraduate Journal for Service-learning, Leadership and Social Change - The International Undergraduate Journal for Service-learning, Leadership, and Social Change is dedicated to providing undergraduate students a venue to discuss their service-learning projects and experiences.

Journal of Higher Education Outreach and EngagementThe 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. 

Campus Compact Knowledge Hub: Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning In the Time of COVID - Campus Compact’s Fusion Course aims to provide critical training and support for faculty as they adapt to online teaching and offers instruction for how to integrate community engagement methodologies into existing curricula to improve the quality of course delivery and foster student engagement.

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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