Feeding Wisconsin Campus Hunger Toolkit and Webinar

Feeding Wisconsin Campus Hunger Toolkit and Webinar Emerging research suggests a need to address food insecurity among college students. A study by The Hope Center (formerly the WI Hope Lab), a leader on this issue, found that 56% of students surveyed reported either low or very low food security. Feeding Wisconsin, the state association of Feeding America food banks, is working to increase awareness of campus hunger, spread knowledge of food resources, and assist college students being referred to our services with FoodShare applications. Join the movement to end hunger on college campuses! Learn more about being an ally in…

Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program

Seeking pilot applicants for Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program We are pleased to announce the launch of the pilot of Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program.  To begin, we are opening two micro-credentials applications to an initial group of 50 pilot participants (25 applicants for each micro-credential). The pilot micro-credential areas will be Community Partnerships & Community Engagement Fundamentals. We are seeking applicants to participate in the pilot cohort! Interested individuals must meet the following criteria: Be serving in a role as a community engagement professional (E.g., engagement center staff, faculty, Campus Compact state/regional office staff, or other relevant role/positions); Believe themselves…

2019 CCWI Annual Awards Nominations Now Open

Newman Civic Fellowship The nomination period is now open for the Newman Civic Fellowship, a yearlong program that recognizes and supports community­-committed students at Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship is a one-year experience that provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions to help them develop strategies for social change. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides in-person and virtual learning opportunities focused on the skills fellows need to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities. Presidents and chancellors are encouraged to nominate one current student on the basis…

Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence

Please spread the word about the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence opportunity through the Aspen Institute for College Excellence Program.   The fellowship aims to develop a cadre of exceptional leaders who can transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success while maintaining broad access. Drawing on the exemplary work of excellent community colleges, the Aspen Institute engages a select group of fellows each year in this intensive, applied leadership executive program, delivered in collaboration with Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative. The year-long fellowship includes three in-person residential seminars plus structured mentoring by experienced community college presidents…

Second Harvest Foodbank’s FoodShare Outreach Program

Second Harvest Foodbank’s FoodShare Outreach Program works to provide information to potentially eligible households not currently utilizing FoodShare benefits. These benefits provide households with money to be used only for food, which can alleviate financial stress and help stretch budgets in order to pay for other monthly expenses. The income eligibility limits chart above provides folks with a quick understanding of if they may be eligible. Of course this chart is not a guarantee, as many factors are taking into account, but it’s a great starting point! For more information: https://www.secondharvestmadison.org/our-impact/foodshare-outreach.

Newman Civic Fellows Nominations Now Open

Campus Compact is now accepting nominations for the 2019-2020 Newman Civic Fellowship. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a yearlong program that recognizes and supports community-committed students at Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship is named for the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, the fellowship provides student leaders with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions to help them develop strategies for social change. Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors may each nominate one student from his or her institution…

Director’s Update – October 2018

  Fall is a time of change, and with this past week marking the official beginning of the Fall season, I am pleased to announce a few changes for our office! We’re excited to be moving into our new office space at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee this week! We’re grateful for the support of the Stritch Hub for Innovation and Community Engaged Learning and to have neighbors like the Experiential Learning and Career Education Center and the African American Leadership Program on our floor. The new location reflects our long-term relationship with the Cardinal Stritch community and continued involvement by Cardinal…

Principal Community Scholars

  The Principal Community Scholars Program is a collaboration between Principal and Campus Compact that supports the leadership development of undergraduate students seeking a business or business-related degree. The curriculum and project help students develop critical skills for their careers. Students are selected through a competitive process to receive a $1,000 scholarship, participate in a civic leadership learning community and complete a community-based experiential learning project. Make a Nomination The process for 2018-2019 academic year scholars is now open! See below for more information and the nomination form, due October 8, 2018. Meet Wisconsin’s Scholars  

Democracy Learning Channel

Democracy Learning Channel (DLC) is an area within the panOpen platform designed to provide the tools and guidance for college instructors to advance student learning in democracy. DLC is the result of a partnership between Campus Compact, a national network of higher education institutions committed to civic and community engagement, and panOpen, a learning platform that supports institutional use of Open Educational Resources (OER).  

From the Director’s Desk

From the Director’s Desk Hello Wisconsin Campus Compact Nation! It has been a very busy first few weeks as the new director of Wisconsin Campus Compact, but I am grateful to have colleagues like Lynne Blinkenberg, Luke Verdecchia, and Alejandra Gonzalez working alongside me in Wisconsin, as well as great support from the Campus Compact national office staff and other Compact directors from around the country. I have also appreciated the warm welcome notes from faculty and staff at WiCC member institutions. My primary focus these past couple weeks has been on settling into my new role, including attending a…

Program Innovation Grants

Program Innovation Mini-Grants Now Available! The purpose of the Wisconsin Campus Compact (WiCC) Program Innovation Mini-Grant Program is to foster and support innovative programs associated with WiCC member institutions, specifically those programs that focus on community service, service-learning, civic engagement, and/or community-based research.

Engaging Students in Democracy

Engaging Students in Democracy Colleges should focus on preparing students to be citizens, but there’s little evidence many have integrated such education into their programs and courses, write Andrew J. Seligsohn and Thomas Erhlich in Inside Higher Ed

Student Housing Insecurity Resources

Student Housing Insecurity Resources Why Student Housing Insecurity? Campus Compact is dedicated to creating equitable and accessible educational opportunities for all students by helping institutions of higher education to fulfill their public purposes. We recognize that one area often overlooked in current work is addressing the needs of students facing housing insecurity. Therefore, we embarked on a journey to help our network of member campuses nationwide build capacity to support students facing housing insecurity and homelessness. RESOURCES


“Wisconsin Campus Compact Interactive Mapping Project for Impact” “WiCC IMPACT” for short. People regularly ask us, “Do you know all the projects that are happening between post-secondary institutions and communities?” There has been no one who has been keeping track of all partnerships (community-based learning, community-based participatory research, volunteerism, outreach) happening across the state…until now. The WiCC IMPACT project attempts to catalogue all partnerships in the state between WiCC campuses and their communities of interest. We have teamed up with givepulse.com to launch a map to put together all known projects and visually display them on a map of the state….

From the Director’s Desk- March, 2018

From the Director’s Desk- March 2018 It’s Civic Engagement Institute time! I hope to see many of you on March 8 – 9 at UW-Whitewater at this year’s annual gathering of civic-minded faculty and staff from across Wisconsin.  If you come to our awards dinner, you will get a chance to learn about notable partnerships, outstanding faculty and staff, and inspiring students—all in the name of making universities and colleges more synergistic with communities.  There’s still time to sign up! Do so HERE.  You can also see our diverse program HERE.  Don’t forget to give a special invitation to students…

From the Director’s Desk- February 2018

From the Director’s Desk- February 2018 Greetings Compact Supporters! Hopefully everyone’s semesters are off to a great start.  A shout-out to campuses who made Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day ON, and not a day off. We were impressed by St. Norbert College, Gateway Technical College, UW-Milwaukee, Lawrence University, UW-Green Bay, and UW-Superior for their MLK activities (sorry if I left anyone out!).  It is more important than ever that we are working for racial healing and community partnerships in such a tumultuous time. First thing’s first: WiCC needs your help! We are looking to host a series of regional…

From the Director’s Desk- 1/2018

From the Director’s Desk – January 2018 Happy New Year, WiCC Supporters! Hopefully everyone enjoyed the holiday season and that you got a chance to rest, relax, and reflect.  Now it’s back to work on partnering with communities to address critical issues! And it’s back to being engaged in the WiCC Network! Make sure you’re nominating a student for the Newman Civic Fellowship, nominate your campus/faculty/students for a WiCC award, put into to present at the Civic Engagement Institute, register for the CEI (a keynote presentation about Design Thinking & Community-Based Learning), and host me on campus for a presentation!…

Director’s Desk- December 2017

From the Director’s Desk December 2017 Winter is coming (in higher education, too)! Many of you have seen the polls—fewer people are trusting that higher education is making our society a better place.  This mistrust of colleges and universities even has seeped into the tax bill—scholarships and stipends would become taxable income.  And there are some who doubt that all ideas are welcome on college campuses.  And now (at UW institutions), if a student disrupts a speaker, that student could be expelled.  Add to these critiques about the rising cost of tuition, and it seems like there’s only doom-and-gloom.  There…


Four 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

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…