Recommitting to Our Compact: Blog by President Don Farish

As you are all aware, the state-based chapters of Campus Compact in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut merged into a single organization on 1 July 2017. This transition was underway for more than a year, and accomplishing the merger took a lot of work and an abundance of good will. While the formation of Campus Compact for Southern New England better positions the Compact to achieve its critical mission, it also occurs at a unique point of in the history of higher education.We all understand that campus priorities change over time, and most of us remain under very serious budget…

Podcast Features Dr. Suzanne Buglione

Nontraditional Students and Community Engagement: In our third episode of the second season, Co-Host J.R. Jamison sat down with Dr. Suzanne Buglione, Dean of Teaching and Learning at Bristol Community College, to discuss how to define nontraditional students and what the field can do to better support what is now nearly 50% of the population on college campuses. Also in this episode, we introduce our first Guest Host, Sinda Nichols, and we talk all things Pop Culture Corner. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod.   Want to hear more? Meet the Guest Dr. Suzanne M….

Unpacking Our History and Rebuilding for the Future

Over the past few months, the staff of the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Campus Compacts have been actively working on our new organizational structure: Campus Compact for Southern New England.  The transition work has varied from high-level systems thinking to the more menial scanning, shredding, and packing of our state-based offices.  Although I am grateful for the multiple hands helping with this process, I am even more grateful that I’ve had time to review the physical and electronic files, artifacts, and memorabilia of our three states. As I open boxes and sort through our files, I am quickly reminded…

Compact Nation Podcast: Tom Harkin

This month on The Compact Nation Podcast: Interview  Retired Iowa Senator Tom Harkin To kick off Season 2 of the Compact Nation Podcast, co-hosts Emily Shields and J.R. Jamison interview retired Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. Harkin talks about his Institute at Drake University, how citizens can impact policy, the changes he’s seen in his career and what higher education needs to do now. The co-hosts also discuss some exciting updates and changes for Campus Compact! Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod

VISTA Voices: Marie Dillivan

Marie Dillivan is a second year AmeriCorps VISTA member who will be serving with Campus Compact for Southern New England to build capacity in addressing food insecurity on campuses.  As an AmeriCorps VISTA serving with Massachusetts Campus Compact, I’ve spent the last year focusing my work on food insecurity in higher education. The issue of food insecurity on campus has been receiving increasing attention from campus administrators, students, national organizations, the media, and policy makers in recent years, and we wanted to figure out how we could support our member campuses in addressing this problem and supporting student retention. During…

Following Taylor’s Lead: Courageous Leadership in Standing Up to Hate

July 13, 2017

Taylor Dumpson, a 2017 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow, began her term as president of the American University student government this spring. When she did, she became the first African American woman to hold that position. As Taylor began her work on behalf of the students who had elected her, she was confronted, on the very first day of her term, with a racist backlash, as an unidentified person placed bananas in nooses on trees around the campus. The bananas were inscribed with the initials of Taylor’s sorority, a historically African-American association of women. When Taylor spoke out in response…

Compact Nation Podcast: Byron White

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A Message Regarding Campus Compact for Southern New England Updates

Less than a year ago, we began the process of merging the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Campus Compacts into Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE) as of July 1, 2017.  Our first priority has been to continue to deliver resources and supports that are aligned with the needs of our member institutions while also developing a new model for transformative impact across state lines and across sectors. We have started by bringing together a team of committed, passionate colleagues who are ready for new and innovative ways of coalition building. Our staff will include six professional positions. This…

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