Introducing Kelvin Alfaro, Director of Campus Compact for Wisconsin

Campus Compact is excited to welcome Kelvin F. Alfaro as the new director of Campus Compact for Wisconsin! As director of Campus Compact for Wisconsin, Alfaro will be a leader in campus engagement efforts across the state, serving as the point person for member institutions, facilitating place-based network gatherings, providing institution-specific technical assistance, and connecting the work taking place in Wisconsin to national efforts and opportunities. Alfaro will be based at Campus Compact for Wisconsin’s office at Cardinal Stritch University. His first day will be Monday, May 20, 2019. Starting Monday, he can be reached at kalfaro {at} compact(.)org or (608) 839-7331….

CCWI 2019 Annual Awards Announced!

Thank you very much to everyone who attended the Annual Awards Dinner and Civic Engagement Institute last month at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI! We had over 100 faculty, staff, students, and community partners representing over 30 higher education institutions and community organizations attend over two days. I wanted to give a special shoutout to those who were recognized through our Annual Awards Dinner: The Esther Letven Community-Campus Partnership Award was given to Healthy Food for All, a partnership with Edgewood College and to Midnight Run, a partnership with Marquette University. This award recognizes outstanding campus- community partnerships that produce measurable community impact as well…

Call for Co-Chairs: 2019-2020 Communities of Practice

The application can be found online here. Deadline: April 22, 2019 Info Sessions: March 20, 1-2 p.m. Register here April 5, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Register here Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Campus Compacts (CC), in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Office for Public Engagement (OPE) are offering a set of Communities of Practice (CoPs) in 2019-20 to enhance individuals’ capacity to do community engagement work in higher education; identify resources, research findings, program models, insights, etc., benefit a broader network; and build the field’s knowledge about CoPs as a model for professional development. What do CoP Co-Chairs do? CoP co-chairs prepare for and co-facilitate at least six group meetings,…

Midwest Engaged Scholars Initiative Announced!

For immediate release: Today, Campus Compact of the Midwest announced the Engaged Scholars Initiative (ESI). The initiative will select and support a small cohort of engaged scholars and scholar-practitioners who can advance co-created knowledge, critically engaged pedagogies, institutional change, and collaborative action to address societal issues. Michigan State University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Minnesota are strategic partners for the initiative, providing critical leadership and in-kind and financial support. Campus Compact is now seeking applications from scholars interested in participation. The initiative was also recently launched in the organization’s Eastern Region, with twelve scholars selected in late 2018. Curriculum has been developed by Campus Compact and…

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:

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 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…