Washington Campus Compact has offered AmeriCorps and VISTA programs to our member institutions to support many student civic engagement initiatives for over 20 years. Campuses have been able to leverage these programs to build strong campus/community partnerships that focus on many critical issues in our state such as: improving student success for first generation students, increasing college access of low income youth, reducing poverty and improving food security to name a few.
President Trump’s budget proposes to eliminate funding for all national service programs including AmeriCorps and VISTA for FY 2018.
We need your support to convey to Congress the value and impact these programs have in our communities across our state. Please take a brief moment and sign this endorsement. A strong collective voice from Washington higher education leaders will be vital to our message to not only our Washington Congressional Delegation, but to all members of Congress who will be making decisions about the FY 2018 budget very soon.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking information from colleges, universities, multi-campus systems and higher education networks/associations in the U.S. that are helping to build a culture of health on their campuses and in communities. They are gathering this information to inform the development of strategies that can leverage the assets of higher educational institutions to build a culture of health and promote health equity in significant and sustained ways.
Please review the information below for more details.
We look forward to your input and encourage you to share this request with State Campus Compacts, Campus Compact members and others in the higher education community who may be interested in responding. All responses must be received by 3 pm ET on June 28, 2017.
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Last month, Washington Campus Compact held our 2nd Students Serving Washington Awards Ceremony where student service leaders from around the state were recognized for their outstanding service.
Click here to read more about all the winners!
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Washington Campus Compact (WACC), hosted at Western Washington University (WWU). Washington Campus Compact is a coalition of higher education institutions committed to advancing the public purpose of colleges and universities, educating students for civic and social responsibility, and working in partnerships to cultivate vital and sustainable communities across the state.
Here’s the service opportunity!
Would you like to lead a team of highly dedicated AmeriCorps members committed to improving college access of low-income youth in Washington state? If so, your leadership and talent will be put to good use. As the team leader, you will train team members, coach them through challenges, and help them celebrate and share their successes. You will get to know your teammates and learn the best way to coach and support them. Team members’ needs and skills will be diverse. Some need minimal support and others will need more of your time and attention. You get to help them cultivate their skills and abilities and create a positive AmeriCorps service year for each of them. Do you like to organize events and recruit volunteers? You will help develop and lead trainings, a service symposium, and community events too. You will have the opportunity to work with the Washington Campus Compact staff to build a statewide network of higher education institutions focused on improving college access of low-income youth and building sustainable campus/community partnerships.
Walla Walla Public Schools honored the Whitman College Student Engagement Center (SEC) as one of three Community Partners of the Year. The district noted that the collaboration between the two organizations “continues to grow,” with more than 350 Whitman students volunteering in district schools to “provide tutoring services, act as role models and enrich program activities.” Associate Dean of Students Noah Leavitt and Mentor Program Coordinator Katrina Kerrigan ’17 (psychology) attended the school board meeting to accept the award on behalf of the SEC.
From left: Associate Dean of Students Noah Leavitt, Katrina Kerrigan ’17 and David Hampson, president of the Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors.
Whitman College has also received a one-year, $11,900 grant from the Council of Independent Colleges to support a new community service program called “Men Making Meals.” With the grant, Whitman’s Student Engagement Center will partner with the Walla Walla Senior Center and the United Way to provide cooking classes and companionship to older adults. The CIC’s Intergenerational Connections grant program, which is supported by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), is designed to enhance connections between college students and older adults. “Men Making Meals” will assist seniors—often men—who may not have learned to cook due to the gender roles of their generation, but whose wives have now passed away or become unable to cook. By teaching senior citizens basic cooking skills, student interns will help alleviate concerns related to poor nutrition and significant expense associated with prepared or take-out meals, as well as encourage fellowship and reduce isolation. For students, the program will provide an opportunity to form positive intergenerational connections and break down some of the stereotypes young people sometimes have about older adults. The “Men Making Meals” program will support eight Whitman student interns during the 2017-18 academic year.
Source: “The Fountain”, Whitman College – May 8, 2017. https://www.whitman.edu/fountain/fountain2017/the-fountain-may-8-2017
Share your story at the 2018 Conference
We are seeking proposals for sessions that deepen our shared understanding of higher education’s role in advancing the public good and our shared capacity to communicate about that role within and beyond the boundaries of the academy.
We are particularly interested in sessions that give participants the opportunity for learning and reflection in the following areas:
- Public communication about higher education’s public purposes, both at the level of individual institutions and the level of the higher education sector. How do we talk to each other and the broader world about higher education’s public role?
- The development and implementation of Campus Civic Action Plans. What have we learned about the process of planning for the public good? What substantive innovations will we see? What challenges are ahead?
- The five commitments at the center of Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement.
View the full Call for Proposals here
Submit your proposal by June 30, 2017
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Book now and save up to $200 on attendance at the Campus Compact 2018 National Conference!
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Fund for Positive Engagement:
A new opportunity from Campus Compact!
Over the past two years, longstanding political and social rifts in the United States have become deeper and more overtly hostile, embittering our already polarized public life. The purpose of the Fund for Positive Engagement is to catalyze experimental responses to challenges arising from this new climate.
Through the Fund for Positive Engagement Campus Compact is offering mini-grants of $5,000 to campuses to enable small-scale, short-term experiments; reveal promising practices; and share what is learned from these innovation efforts across our network and beyond.
Want to learn more?
Join us for an informational Webinar:
Washington Campus Compact (WACC) was selected as the 2017 Organizational Winner for the Champion for the Liberal Arts in Washington State Award given by the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA). The award is designed to honor individuals and institutions in Washington State that advocate for the value of the liberal arts.
“WACC works particularly diligently to bring theory to practice by promoting creative opportunities for service learning, and, by doing so, to allow students to help solve important community problems,” said WaCLA in their announcement.
WACC is honored to receive this award, and is a proud member of WaCLA.
The Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) is an association of Washington state public and private higher education institutions, organizations and individuals promoting the value of a liberal arts education to the people and communities of the state.
Greg Gormley is the Career Navigator Program Coordinator VISTA at Spokane Falls Community College. In the second year of the project, Greg has focused on expanding the reach of the Career Navigator Program through curriculum development, mentor recruitment and training, and partnering with alternative classrooms. He reflects on the successes and challenges of the program in the following story.
The successful implementation of the Career Navigator Program at SFCC has been the highlight the winter quarter. I partnered with Gateway to College, a program on SFCC’s campus for students between ages 16 and 20. The class and instructor were positive and enthusiastic, and the volunteer mentors also had positive things to say about their experience. One mentor from last year, Kassandra Ortiz, has told us that the program is more structured this year, and the changes made to the content and presentation have made for a more effective program. Another mentor, Iva Laksmana, has seen her self-confidence grown, especially while presenting to a crowd. All four volunteers that have committed the CNP have continued to remain committed, consistently staying in contact, attending training session and meetings, and most crucially, facilitating the workshops held in the Gateway to College class. Based on conversations with the volunteer mentors, a key piece to sustaining their commitment has come from a structured approach to training and frequent communication from my end.
Mentors Barb Hyer (left) and Kassandra Ortiz (right) lead a workshop session.
Congratulations 2017 Newman Civic Fellows! <3 WACC
Veronica Ochoa, Gonzaga University (Click here to read more)
Echo Hahn, Grays Harbor College (Click here to read more)
Connor Eck, Washington State University Tri-Cities (Click here to read more)
Alicia Yan, Whitman College (Click here to read more)