2017-2019 Biennial Report of Member Engagement

August 13, 2019

We are pleased to present to you our 2017-2019 biennial report for Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE).  This report summarizes our primary member activities, participation, and engagement in Southern New England. While not national in scope, this report will also include some highlighted intersections between CCSNE members with regional and national Compact efforts.  

Less than three years ago, we began our journey of redesigning the way we work so that we can better support our member campuses to meet their public purposes – to improve community life and educate students for civic and social responsibility.  As of July 1, 2017, the individual Compacts serving Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island reformed into CCSNE as a part of our national organization, Campus Compact. Our new structure was designed to strengthen and increase member engagement opportunities, expand networks of member campuses and community partners, enhance our organizational vitality, and better align with national priorities and programs.  

Although our organizational transformation work is not yet done, we are proud of our progress over the last two years.  Some highlights include:

  • Organizing or co-sponsoring 40 events engaging over 2,000 faculty, staff, campus executive, student, and community partner participants. 
  • Supporting curricular innovation in civic education and community engagement through a combination of training, technical assistance, and small grants. 
  • Strengthening campus public discourse through multiple training workshops and piloting of new civic dialogue program models. 
  • Leveraging federal funds in our VISTA project which focused on mobilizing higher education to improve education outcomes for students who live in poverty. 
  • Hosting the Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference in Providence, RI.

The changes over the last two years have positioned CCSNE to create, deepen, and renew partnerships with member campuses and numerous nonprofit and public organizations.  Throughout this report, you will see strategic partners highlighted.  We are grateful for the significant contributions by these key partners.  

At our core, Campus Compact is a coalition committed to a vision of higher education as an agent of social change and architect of a just, equitable, diverse democracy.  That vision requires significant contributions from all of us to help shape our individual and collective work. We are grateful for the support we have received thus far, and are confident that together we can make change.