Welcome to our new 2017-18 Members!

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Preparing for Carnegie: A Full-Day Meeting for your Team

Treetop Commons and Campus Compact are pleased to offer a full-day Carnegie workshop in Vancouver, WA in partnership with John Saltmarsh and the Swearer Center at Brown University, the new administrative home of the the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. This workshop will support member campuses that are first-time applicants or reclassifying for the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

This one-day workshop is designed to assist campuses preparing for the Carnegie Community Engagement classification. The workshop will address preparation for both first-time applicants and campuses that are reclassifying (those classified in 2010). The workshop will include:

  • an orientation to both the classification and reclassification frameworks
  • an overview of the 2020 process
  • additions and changes to the documentation framework
  • review of the documentation framework and complete application
  • strategies that have been effective for successful application

There will be opportunities to work though aspects of the application and consider evidence that campuses can provide and time for participants to ask questions. Both individuals and teams are welcome to attend.

December 1, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm
Vancouver, WA

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Charting a Course on the Pathway to Community Engagement: An Inventory and Action Plan for Engaged Campuses


Eager to help your institution deepen civic learning and community engagement efforts?  Join us in beautiful Vancouver, WA, just north of Portland, OR, for a two-day Institute to review your current efforts and build strategy for the future.  You receive your institution’s results of a comprehensive inventory of current practice and infrastructure, personal interaction with those working to advance higher education community engagement, and the “gift of time away” for your team of two.

November 29 and 30, 2017
The Heathman Lodge

Vancouver, WA

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Pieces to Masterpiece: Crafting your Community Engagement Story


A three-part webinar series facilitated by Dr. Emily Janke, Director, Institute for Community and Economic Engagement, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (bio)

Illuminating your institution’s portrait of community engagement and public service activities is about more than gaining recognition for good work that has already been done. Understanding the full scope and depth of who is doing what, where, when, with whom, to what ends is also an effective organizational change strategy to increase the practice and legitimacy of community engagement as scholarly work. Join Dr. Emily Janke and TreeTop Commons to explore theory-driven strategies to build a shared and collective campus-wide conversation about the role and value of community engagement in meeting institutional priorities including enrollment, hiring, diversity, and fundraising. Learn about strategies to collect information that allow you to understand your institutional portrait, and why systems to track and measure community engagement activities are strategically invaluable in revealing your institution’s “masterpiece” as a community-engaged institution.

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Sign Your Name: “Dear Congress, Support National Service!”

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.

Click here to sign in support of National Service!

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Request for Information – June 28 Deadline

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.

If you have any questions, contact coh-highereducation@rwjf.org

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2017 Students Serving Washington Awards Winners!

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.

Ashley Smith Winner

WSU Spokane Winner

Click here to read more about all the winners!

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Service Opportunity! Join WACC as the next College Access Corps Team Leader!

Join the dynamic team at Washington Campus Compact!

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.

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Whitman Student Engagement Center Doing Great Work!

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 

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Submit your proposal for Campus Compact’s 2018 National Conference

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

Register now and save!

Book now and save up to $200 on attendance at the Campus Compact 2018 National Conference!

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Send three or more people from the same institution and save even more!

More on pricing here.

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