WSU Pullman wins the Western Region Campus-Community Partnership Award! (WACC VISTA-led)

The Palouse Fresh Food Project (PFFP) is an AmeriCorps VISTA-led project that builds on the service learning foundation of the Washington State University Center for Civic Engagement. PFFP connects students and campus resources to organizations addressing food insecurity on the Palouse, a predominately rural region in the northwest that encompasses parts of southeastern Washington and north central Idaho. Often characterized by its rolling green and golden hills, the Palouse region faces above average rates of food insecurity, with the most recent data from the Whitman County Needs Assessment estimating food insecurity rates to be as high as 19%. The PFFP was established in 2014 to find unique ways to address this critical issue from its core while bringing together stakeholders who are well established in the community. As an AmeriCorps VISTA program, sustainability continues to be at the forefront of every new initiative and partnerships between the university, local government, and non-profits are essential to their success. The PFFP works to improve the number and quality of student-led food drives, increase access to fresh local food, raise awareness about food insecurity, collaborate on internship development with community partners, and broaden the conversation about poverty and food insecurity through events on and off campus. The success of the PFFP is dependent upon strong collaborations with a multitude of stakeholders, and a commitment from the WSU community to not only engage with the surrounding community, but work to improve quality of life for all.

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WACC Holiday Newsletter

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19 WACC Presidents and Chancellors Call for US to Uphold and Continue DACA 

Washington Campus Compact presidents and chancellors from around the state joined nearly 600 of their higher education colleagues from around the nation in a statement calling on United States leaders to uphold and continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“This is both a moral imperative and a national necessity. America needs talent – and these students, who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are essential to the future,” the statement read.

Read more about the statement here.

WACC member presidents and chancellors include:

Central Washington University
Eastern Washington University
Everett Community College
Heritage University
Northwest University
Pacific Lutheran University
Seattle Central College
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
The Evergreen State College
University of Puget Sound
University of Washington, Bothell
University of Washington, Seattle
Western Washington University
Whitman College
Whitworth University
Washington State University, Pullman
Washington State University, Tri-Cities
Washington State University, Vancouver

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AmeriCorps VISTA Highlight: Ashley Vaughan

Returning AmeriCorps VISTA Ashley Vaughan and her colleagues at the Center for Civic Engagement at WSU Pullman will give a presentation at the 2017 Continums of Service titled, “The Palouse Fresh Food Project: Impacting Food Insecurity in Whitman County”. Ashley will discuss what food security looks like in the Palouse and how her project led the way for campus-community food recovery efforts.

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Session 3 | Check out the sessions featured at this years Annual Membership and Network Meeting!

Institutional Level: Focus on mission, culture, structures

Facilitators: 

Sheila Edwards Lange, President, Seattle Central College

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhosetta Rhodes, Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students, Whitworth University

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description:   What does the integration of diversity, inclusion, equity, and community engagement look like at the institutional level? How do institutions become more permeable and support faculty, students, staff to engage with communities on and off campus? How is diversity/inclusion/community engagement infused through external communication, recruitment, alumni engagement, donor engagement? How is diversity/inclusion/community engagement infused through promotion and tenure of faculty and staff?

For more information and to see the complete agenda, visit our website.

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Session 2 | Check out the sessions featured at this years Annual Membership and Network Meeting!

Partnership Level: Focus on partnership development

Facilitators:

Hannah Klaassen, Coordinator of Student and Community Engagement, Center for Community Action and Service-Learning, Gonzaga University

 

 

 

 

Chris Wheatley, Associate Director, Center for Community Action and Service-Learning, Gonzaga University

 

 

 

 

Description:   What are both individual and organizational practices for partnership? Do our practice and processes for partnership replicate inequity? What are liberating processes for partnership? What strategies and lens does the institution use to choose community organizations to partner with? How do faculty deepen their integration of critical S-L reflective practices in the partner choices?

For more information and to see the complete agenda, visit our website.

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Session 1 | Check out the sessions featured at this years Annual Membership and Network Meeting!

Inward Pedagogy: Focus on critical service-learning/community based learning and research

Facilitator: Ron Harris-White, Faculty Member and Director of Diversity, Antioch University

Description: This session will explore ideas and best practices for supporting students’ search for positionality, power and identity in the context of communities they engage with, and their development of agency to enact more justice-centered arrangements. What strategies can we use to ensure that our Service-Learning (S-L) is not reinforcing the “us-them” dichotomy? When do S-L methods and pedagogies create barriers for full participation of our students and equity in learning? How can we create authentic relationships with students that challenge them to think about their own identity as well as the communities they work with?

For more information and to see the complete agenda, visit our website.

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See what 1 of 4 Americans did last year

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Giving back to our community is something we can all agree on – and taking this action is a powerful way to bring together Americans from all walks of life to build stronger, more equitable communities. In that spirit, it is my honor to share the results of our Volunteering and Civic Life in America—a report that shows how Americans of all ages are working together to keep our nation strong.

  • 62.6 million Americans volunteered 7.8 billion hours last year (that means one in four Americans volunteered through an organization in the last year)
  • This service has an estimated economic value of $184 billion* 
  • 138 million Americans engaged in something we call “informal volunteering” such as watching each other’s children, house sitting, or helping seniors with shopping.

Civic  engagement is the cornerstone of a strong nation. In the past 14 years, Americans have volunteered a total of 113 billion hours, estimated to be worth $2.3 trillion.

Via Corporation for National & Community Service

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WACC Newsletter | October 2016

CLICK HERE FOR THE OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

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Registration Now Open! 2017 Continuums of Service Conference

Elevating Higher Education for the Public Good:
Commitment | Action | Impact

Registration is open for the 2017 Continuums of Service Conference! Excitement is building…can you feel it? Click below to register and check out the Travel & Logistics page on the COS website to plan your trip to Denver. As a reminder, a limited number of guest rooms are being held for COS participants at the hotel on the Auraria Campus. If you’re wanting to stay on site make sure you reserve your room ASAP. See you all in Denver in a few months!

April 6-8, 2017
Denver, CO

Register today!

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