Force for Positive Change award competition

November 9, 2017

Announcing the second annual Force for Positive Change award competition Is your organization making a social impact in Wisconsin? The Force for Positive Change will provide financial awards to organizations addressing social challenges locally. The Force for Positive Change competition began in 2016 with the goal of celebrating both for-profit and nonprofit organizations focused on creating lasting beneficial impact in, by and for Wisconsin. In its second year, the competition expands to embrace those organizations working to make a difference in the areas of: Food/agriculture/environment Workforce/urban development Finance/lending/housing Manufacturing/art & design/construction Water/clean tech/energy Education/youth programming Applications are now being accepted…


November 9, 2017

Five Wisconsin students have been selected to join twenty-five college students from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin for the 2018 class of the Principal Community Scholars Program. The recipients were selected after being nominated by faculty or staff from their college or university and a rigorous review process. This year’s Principal Community Scholars representing Wisconsin institutions: Emily Gurilinger –  Mount Mary University Taylor Rudie – St. Norbert College Ogochukwu Akamelu – University of Wisconsin-Madison Linda Deeth – Western Technical College Complete list of Scholars

Campus Spotlight: Marquette University

October 31, 2017

On November 6, Marquette University (MU) will host the2nd annual Community Engagement Symposium promoting engaged research and scholarship to confront issues of social justice.  The Symposium is under the direction of the Office of Community Engagement, established in early 2016 as the central clearinghouse for community engagement activities, with a focus onbidirectional, community-based research partnerships.   As a Jesuit institution, Marquette University recognizes that deep community partnerships are critical to building a more just world.  MU helped launch and continues to serve as an anchor institution for the Near West Side Partners, a nonprofit organization with the mission to revitalize and…

All In Democracy Challenge!

October 31, 2017

WiCC would like to congratulate Edgewood College , St. Norbert College  and UW-Parkside for being recognized as part of the All In Democracy Challenge! Edgewood College: Silver Seal Campus (Campuses with 60-69% voter participation) Overall Winner (Private 4-year institution) Highest Voting Rate  Small Campus St. Norbert College and UW-Parkside: Bronze Seal Campus (Campuses with 50-59% voter participation)  

Campus Compact Annual Survey

October 31, 2017

Annual Survey Member Feedback Session November 20, 2017  2:30 – 3:30 CST This session is an opportunity for representatives from member campuses to provide feedback and to learn more about the changes to the survey process. Members can join that session at this link. For further information on this session, please contact Danielle Leek

Director’s Desk: November 2017

October 31, 2017

From the Director’s Desk – November 2017 Hard to believe it is November already! The semester continues to move along…midterms have come and gone (for the most part), and we creep toward finals and the winter break season! We have been hard at work creating a statewide movement to bolster the civic mission of higher education, and now we really need your help.  WiCC will be hosting a series of “coalition building” breakfasts where we introduce new civic-minded individuals across Wisconsin.  I would love to have institutions across the state host us.  We want to tell the story of how…

Campus Spotlight: UW Whitewater

October 3, 2017

  At UW-Whitewater, Service-Learning is anchored in credit-bearing courses that provide an educational experience in which students: participate in organized community-based projects that meet the needs of our community, and reflect on the service in order to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation for the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility (Bringle & Hatcher, 1995). In addition to course content, the classroom offers a place for students to reflect on their role in a larger society and how their skills and knowledge can make a difference. Service-Learning is a high impact practice that helps students…

From the Director’s Desk-October 2017

October 2, 2017

Greetings, Campus Compact friends and supporters! Hopefully everyone’s academic year has been off to a great start.  Special thank-you to Lawrence University for hosting me at their annual “Into the streets” freshman program where they get to know Appleton and engage in meaningful service projects!  Also, thanks to UW-Superior for hosting me for their first Center for Community-Engaged Learning Advisory Board meeting (as well as their alumni recognition event)!  WiCC is about to head into the season of regional meetings (please REGISTER for one if you haven’t already done so), which are always invigorating for the network!  They’re a time…

From the Director’s Desk- Sept. 2017

September 6, 2017

From the Director’s Desk – September 2017 A special thanks to all the institutions who have renewed their membership to Wisconsin Campus Compact.  In a time where higher education’s purpose and broader social value is being called into question, it’s more important now than ever that we stand together as a united front.  Together, we can see to it that the culture of higher education becomes more outward-facing and entrenched in problem-solving alongside our fellow citizens. Good luck to all our higher education partners who are starting classes again for this upcoming academic year! A new year means new beginnings. …

Campus Spotlight: Lawrence University

July 17, 2017

Congratulations to Lawrence University, a top school for students who want to make a difference in their community and the world! The Princeton Review recently published “Colleges That Pay You Back: 2016 Edition,” which includes a list of the top schools in America for making an impact. Princeton Review based the ranking on student ratings and responses to survey questions covering community-service opportunities at their schools, student government, sustainability efforts, and on-campus student engagement. They also took into account’s percentage of alumni from each school that reported having high job meaning. From getting involved in green initiatives to taking on leadership…

The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education

May 1, 2017

The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education A Competency Model for an Emerging Field Edited by Lina D. Dostilio This book, offered by “practitioner-scholars,” is an exploration and identification of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are central to supporting effective community engagement practices between higher education and communities. The discussion and review of these core competencies are framed within a broader context of the changing landscape of institutional community engagement and the emergence of the Community Engagement Professional as a facilitator of engaged teaching, research, and institutional partnerships distinct from other academic professionals. This research, conducted as part of…

Campus Spotlight: UW-Superior

May 1, 2017

UW-Superior Established in 1893 with a mission to train teachers, the University of Wisconsin-Superior later became a part of the University of Wisconsin-System, and in 1998 was designated as Wisconsin’s Public Liberal Arts College by the University Of Wisconsin System Board Of Regents. The University serves over 2,500 traditional and non-traditional students and is dedicated to the integration of liberal and professional studies and to serving a diverse student population. UW-Superior has been recognized for their commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. On March 2, 2017, staff and community joined…

From the Director’s Desk- April 2017

April 10, 2017

From the Director’s Desk – April 2017 The 2017 Civic Engagement Institute is right around the corner! A special thank-you goes out to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for being our host.  They have been working hard to arrange a great conference for everyone, and we really appreciate that help.  In particular, Rachel Aderholdt has been the main point-of-contact, so thanks especially to her.  Also, thanks to our sponsors: Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) and St. Norbert College’s Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning! We have a great PROGRAM lined up of nationally-recognized speakers and impressive speakers…

CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT: Concordia University Wisconsin

February 1, 2017

  WELCOME TO THE NEWEST MEMBER OF WISCONSIN CAMPUS COMPACT! Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), a private liberal arts college located in Mequon on the shores of Lake Michigan, is a part of the 10-member Concordia University System operated by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  The university’s mission statement reads: “Concordia University Wisconsin is a Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world.” With an enrollment of 8,268 students (4,820 full time), and a member of the NCAA Div. III, CUW is the home of Freddy the Falcon! Notable alumni include…

Student Spotlight

January 6, 2017

Marley Uran, UW-Parkside ’18, now feels “more powerful as a citizen” after attending the Campus Compact gathering of Newman Civic Fellows in Boston, MA in November 2016.  She learned early that time volunteering helps to shape character while becoming an advocate in serving others, and now she carries that commitment to community engagement into her time at UW-Parkside.  In 2016, she was named a Newman Civic Fellow, a national fellowship sponsored by Campus Compact and the Newman’s Own Foundation that recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. …

MU Receives Higher Education Award

October 5, 2016

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, an independent nonprofit educational organization, proudly celebrates the recipients of the 2016 Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards. The award recognizes institutions that are achieving breadth and depth of civic engagement through sustained and mutually transformational partnerships that define and address issues of public concern at any level from the local to the global. This year’s honorees are Buffalo State, SUNY; Marquette University; the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Purdue University; and the University of San Diego. The awards were presented on Monday, September 26,  2016, at The Washington Center’s annual Awards…

WiCC Student on News

September 29, 2016

A UW-Madison student is one of the college delegates from across the country to team up and submit questions for consideration for Monday’s first debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Education graduate student Jacquelyn Moss joined 150 delegates in California earlier this month to develop the questions as part of a non-profit program called College Debate ’16. Moss hopes Clinton and Trump will tackle this question in particular:  What is your plan for aiding the employment of skilled refugees and immigrants in their respective fields? “I want them to be talking about no just, ‘We’ll give them jobs,’ no,…

SNC Advocating for the Homeless

September 29, 2016

St. Norbert College (SNC) faculty, staff, and students have had a long history in serving and advocating for the homeless in our area. Dr. Karina O’Malley, a retired Sociology faculty member, engaged her students in establishing the first shelter in Green Bay in 1986. Now there are over seven shelters, including three emergency shelters, and SNC contributes time, talent, and donations to many of these. More recently, SNC teamed up with the local Catholic Diocese to help support the area’s newest emergency shelter, St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter. In 2012 SNC staff got the approvals needed to provide emergency overflow housing for St. John’s…

UW-Superior Addressing Global Problems

August 22, 2016

Addressing Global Problems at a Local Level The mission of UW-Superior calls for the institution to “embody respect for diverse cultures and multiple voices, and engage the community and region.” This could be a challenge because Superior and Douglas County is relatively homogenous. Through service to the community, via a marriage to academic content, UW-Superior is able to raise global consciousness on a local scale. One representative Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) project that meets these objectives is a partnership between a First Year Seminar course that focuses on genocide and local fifth graders. The elementary and college students work together to…

The Facing Project

July 15, 2016

Wisconsin Campus Compact is excited to announce a new partnership with The Facing Project, a nonprofit that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. The Facing Project was co-founded by Indiana Campus Compact Executive Director J.R. Jamison, along with New York Times bestselling author Kelsey Timmerman.The Facing Project works with campuses and communities to organize and share the stories of citizens through the talent of local writers and actors. Writers are matched with community members facing the selected topic (depression, hunger, homelessness, etc.), meet with them face-to-face, and capture their stories in the first-person. The stories are compiled into a…