Submit your proposal for a $5,000 mini-grant by July 14, 2017

Introducing…

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.

Learn more…

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WACC Wins 2017 Champion for the Liberal Arts in Washington State (CLAWS) Award

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. 

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WACC VISTA Stories: Career Navigator Program

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.

CNP mentors

Mentors Barb Hyer (left) and Kassandra Ortiz (right) lead a workshop session.

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2017 Washington Newman Civic Fellows

Newman Civic Fellows

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)

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WACC VISTA Spring In-Service Training

2017 WACC VISTA ISTThe 2016-17 WACC VISTA Team enjoyed a gray and drizzly in-service training at Antioch University in downtown Seattle last week.

Session topics included: food insecurity on college campuses, gracious space as a community framework, the important of resilience, educational equity gaps, creating inclusive and respectful service-learning opportunities, and, of course, how to translate their VISTA service onto resumes, cover letters, and grad school applications. Members who began in August 2016 are halfway through their service year and are looking ahead to the post-VISTA transition. The team also welcomed three new members who began serving this past winter and are already immersed at their sites. Meet the current WACC VISTA Team here.

A special thank you to our gracious hosts and facilitators from Antioch University!

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Act now! Take 2 minutes to call your member of Congress!

Stand4service
Dear friends,

We need your help to protect national service funding. 

Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps may be among federal programs being considered for elimination in the Administration’s budget.

Your voice is needed more than ever.

Act now. Take 2 minutes to call your member of Congress and tell them to protect national service funding.

AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA have overwhelming support among American voters across party lines, and are delivering results for communities across Washington state and the country.

We need to ask Congress to protect the federal investment in these programs that mean so much to our students, our communities, and our country.

Best regards,

Washington Campus Compact

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2017 Student Serving Washington Awards & Civic Engagement Meetings

2017 STUDENTS SERVING WASHINGTON AWARDS & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT MEETINGS

 
 

April 28, 2017 at The Museum of Flight

Seattle, WA

Join Presidents, Students, Faculty, Staff, Legislators, and Community Partners for a full day committed to exploring, sharing, and celebrating student civic engagement work across Washington state.


Students Serving Washington Awards Ceremony

Join students, faculty, staff, community partners, and legislators to recognize outstanding student leaders and social entrepreneurs who are creating positive change and strengthening communities throughout Washington.

Time: 2pm-4pm

This event is open to all.


Networking Meeting – Civic Engagement, Democracy, and Renewal

Washington Campus Compact is proud to offer an opportunity for community service directors, faculty, and senior administrators involved in civic engagement to come together for a unique networking opportunity.

Time: 10:30am-1pm

This event includes lunch and is open to members only.


Presidents’ Meeting

Presidents and Chancellors from around the Washington Campus Compact network will come together to dialogue about how colleges and universities address critical issues in Washington through student civic engagement.

Time: 10:30am-1pm

This event includes lunch and is only open to Presidents & Chancellors (member and non-member institutions).


Student Symposium

Washington Campus Compact is proud to offer an opportunity for student leaders and national service members who are engaged in programs or projects that address critical issues through service or social entrepreneurship to come together to network, share best practices, and learn about the work of their peers.

Time: 9am-2pm

This event is open to students & national service members from member institutions only


REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 27, 2017

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Professional Development Opportunities

Don’t miss these upcoming opportunities!

March 9 Webinar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 12 Webinar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 28 Network Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 23 Summer Institute

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#STAND4SERVICE

Join Washington Campus Compact in Support of AmeriCorps and VISTA

Dear friends,

We need your help to protect national service funding. 

Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps may be among federal programs being considered for elimination in the Administration’s budget.

Your voice is needed more than ever.

Act now. Take 2 minutes to call your member of Congress and tell them to protect national service funding.

AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA have overwhelming support among American voters across party lines, and are delivering results for communities across Washington state and the country.

We need to ask Congress to protect the federal investment in these programs that mean so much to our students, our communities, and our country.

Best regards,

Washington Campus Compact

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WACC VISTA Update: Sterling Meadows Teen Homework Club

Brian D’Auteuil is the Education Coordinator VISTA serving at Sterling Meadows, a low-income housing complex for agricultural workers and families in Bellingham. Much of his work involves engaging the youth and teens who live in the housing complex to participate in the after-school homework club held in the community center on site. Brian writes about the positive impact that the program has had on current students and alums who return to their community to give back through service-learning opportunities with WWU’s Woodring College of Education.

Sterling Meadows Teen Homework Club has been a key resource for middle school, high school, and college students this academic year. The growth in popularity of this educational program culminated in a wonderful turnout of students of all ages on the Monday of finals week. While the trend in academic improvement is clear from statistics of high school graduation rate and number of students passing classes, these numbers can’t accurately depict the atmosphere in our recent teen homework clubs. Many regulars of this program were toiling away, whether it was taking copious notes on child psychology, memorizing different parts of the cell, or solving complex trigonometric equations. These students sat side by side with Sterling Meadows college students who continue to show the younger generation that academic success takes hard work and determination. Regardless of whether a student was stuck on a 6th grade algebra problem or college level physics for educators, no one hesitated to call over one of our service learners from Western’s Woodring School of Education. Continue reading

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