Public Discourse Initiative Launched

The breakdown of public discourse in our country has led to an increasing distrust of public institutions by our citizens.  Polarizing opinions escalated by the divisive strategies of political parties has thwarted the efforts of communities to create positive social change and increase civic engagement.  The need for higher education to create safe spaces to address controversial issues is needed now more than ever. In an effort to address these difficult conversations that are occurring on campuses across our country, Campus Compact of Southern New England (CCSNE) is pleased to announce the Public Discourse Initiative (PDI), made possible through the…

Campus Food and Housing Insecurity Addressed at #RealCollege Conference

Last week, two Campus Compact for Southern New England VISTA members attended the #RealCollege conference, a national convening on college student food and housing insecurity, at Temple University in Philadelphia. It was the second annual #RealCollege conference, hosted by Wisconsin Hope Lab. Caity Vogt and Marie Dillivan are CCSNE VISTA members. Caity serves at the National Campus Compact office as the Housing Partnerships Coordinator VISTA, and Marie serves at CCSNE as the Campus Food Security VISTA. They work on researching food and housing insecurity among college students, mapping interventions, and identifying and curating resources for campuses aiming to address these issues….

CCSNE Welcomes Graduate Fellow

Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE) is pleased to welcome Val Brooks as our Graduate Fellow to support the Public DIscourse Initiative. Val will be with us for the next nine months to completing her graduate fellowship for Merrimack College’s Masters of Education in Community Engagement program. She will be with CCSNE approximately 25 hours a week from August 2017 to May 2018. Val’s work will include researching the current dialogue and discourse practices throughout CCSNE member campuses and identifying the individuals and departments who are leading these efforts. She will also help identify and develop trainings and workshops…

Tasia Cerezo Joins CCSNE Team

Campus Compact is pleased to announce Tasia Cerezo as our new VISTA Program Manager. She will be joining Sharon Bassett and Tim Krumreig in leading the CCSNE VISTA Project, joining the CCSNE team on July 5. Tasia brings both VISTA and VISTA Leader experience with the Compact to her new role as well as experience in youth empowerment and working with community college students, staff and faculty.  “As community colleges expand the ways they leverage AmeriCorps VISTA to support and retain low-income students it was important to add a staff member with experience in this area” noted Sharon Bassett, Director of…

Save the Date: 2017 Student Conference

Join us on Saturday, October 28, for Creating Space: 2017 CCSNE Student Conference. This one-day conference creates a dedicated space and platform for students to learn and further develop skills for their work in civic engagement, community service, and social justice. This year’s conference is co-sponsored by Quinnipiac University and will take place at their North Haven Campus in North Haven, CT. The conference will feature a keynote speaker, workshop sessions, networking, and common experiences. It is open to students from CCSNE member campuses. Additional details, including Request for Proposals for workshop sessions, keynote announcement, and registration information, will be available later this summer.

CCSNE receives $30,000 Grant from UCHI

Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE) is pleased to announce that it has received a 1-year, $30,000 grant from the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI).  CCSNE seeks to improve the depth and breadth of dialogue and deliberation on college and university campuses. Despite the relatively strong aggregate prosperity of our citizens, our communities are divided in their perspectives, experiences, and ideology. Political discourse in our country has broken down due to polarizing perspectives, divisive strategies by political parties and candidates, and lack of formal structures which seek to bridge the dominant political perspectives.  Higher education institutions are not…

Civic Action Summit Explores What the World Needs From Higher Education

On June 2, 2016, administrators, faculty, staff, and students of CTCC’s member campuses, as well as community partners, gathered at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) for Connecticut’s first Civic Action Summit to explore and begin to address the question “What does the world need from higher education?” Bethany Johnson-Javois, CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network and Managing Director and ex-officio member of the Ferguson Commission, delivered a powerful and compelling keynote speech to address this central question. She discussed the importance of radical listening and working toward racial equity and liberation by being proactive, leveraging faculty/staff expertise, and…

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