Campus Compact Newsletter: January 2018

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Below is the first Campus Compact Newsletter of 2018. There are resources to fuel your community-engaged scholarship, awards you can apply for, the upcoming conference in Indianapolis and thoughts on 2017 and the state of civic engagement. 

Campus Compact In Action
January 2018


Many of us in the United States, regardless of our political views, experienced 2017 as an immensely challenging year.

The climate of hostility that emerged during the 2016 campaign did not dissipate. Confidence in nearly all major institutions approached all-time lows. The idea of a democratic republic as a political community in which citizens come together to shape their collective future seemed to fade into the nostalgic past.

Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn's recent TEDx talk on the deep values motivating our work of bringing people together across divides.

Check out the video here:

But there is more to the story.
2017 also saw renewed vigor in the press and renewed interest in high-quality journalism. Youth turnout in the 2017 elections was up dramatically. And individuals and organizations across the country launched or expanded a bevy of efforts aimed at bringing Americans together across divides.

Campus Compact is part of that movement, and advancing our collective capacity for dialogue, deliberation, and building shared solutions will be a central focus of our efforts in 2018. From our national office, here are a few highlights for 2018:


Campus Compact 2018 National Conference
The conference theme, True Stories of Engagement: Higher Education for Democracy, calls us to bring forward practical accounts of how colleges and universities are building civic skills and civic health. The conference will provide opportunities to learn more about integrating dialogue and deliberation into the institution. Register soon - hotel space is limited.

Summit of Presidents & Chancellors
On March 25 & 26, higher education leaders will convene in Indianapolis for Campus Compact’s 2018 Summit of Presidents and Chancellors. Summit sessions focus on civic engagement and accreditation, fundraising for engaged teaching, research, and practice, and more. Learn more here.

2018 Newman Civic Fellowship Nominations
Member presidents and chancellors are encouraged to nominate a student from their campus for the 2018 Newman Civic Fellowship. Nominations are due by 11:59 PM EST on February 1. Want to learn more? Join our nomination support webinar on January 8.



Season 2, episodes 9 & 10 out now!
Explore the latest and greatest in community engagement on #CompactNationPod! Our latest episodes feature Natural Breeden & Lindsay Earl, two Newman Civic Fellows and Dr. Kenneth Reardon, the 2017 Ehrlich Award recipient. Listen today!

Fan of the podcast? Let us know what you think! Don't forget to rate and review on iTunes or your favorite podcast listening app.



Housing Insecurity & Homelessness Webinars
Campus Compact will be hosting two webinars to discuss housing insecurity and homelessness on college and university campuses. The first is targeted toward faculty and will be held on March 12, 2018. The second is targeted toward student life professionals and will take place on June 18, 2018.


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