Communities of Practice for CEP Credential Program

August 14, 2019

Application Deadline: Friday, September 13, 2019 at 4 P.M. PST
Applicants will be notified by Monday, October, 7, 2019

In October 2019, Campus Compact will welcome community engagement professionals and a team of distinguished facilitators to co-create two Communities of Practice (CoPs) for the Community Engagement Fundamentals and Community Partnerships Micro-Credentials. Each CoP will consist of approximately 12-15 participants.

A Community of Practice (CoP) is a learning community, or collegial network, that we define as “a group of people who share interest in an area of inquiry and engage in collective learning about that issue as it relates to their work or practice. Through discussions, joint activities, and relationship building, the community of practice develops a shared and individual repertoire of resources, skills, and knowledge to use in their practice.” (MN Campus Compact).

Participation in one of the currently-offered CoPs can play an important role to help you prepare to earn micro-credentials by: 1. Providing you with the space to share, reflect on, and build your knowledge around key competencies you are expected to demonstrate to earn certification, and 2. Providing a valued “cohort” experience for collegial support as you reflect on your professional practice and prepare to submit required materials as part of the micro-credential application process.*

Visit credential.compact.org to find out about the micro-credentials you can earn, begin your application, learn more about submission requirements, and find resources and tools to help you start earning micro-credentials.

The CoP embraces and embodies the following equity-based principles that: (a) everyone has knowledge to share, (b) everyone has learning to do, and (c) participants bring many identities and ways of knowing and that such diverse expressions should be encouraged and incorporated into CoP activities.

Logistics

The CoP will meet six times between October 2019 – April 2020 for 90 minutes via scheduled virtual meetings (using the Zoom platform). Additional readings and or/resources may be recommended. Selected participants are required to participate in all CoP meetings.

List of Call Dates/Times for Each CoP

*There may be an additional opportunity to meet/gather for those attending the Campus Compact national conference March 29-April 1, 2020 in Seattle, WA.

Participation Requirements

●No fee is required to participate in the CoP. A $60 fee is required to apply for each micro-credential.
● Complete and submit this application by September 13, 2019.
● Campus Compact membership is required (please contact your state/regional/national Campus Compact office to confirm Compact membership).
● CoP calls will take place online via Zoom using a webcam. Participants will need access to high speed internet, a webcam, and a willingness to learn how to use Zoom. These CoPs will be facilitated by Campus Compact network staff team.

How to Apply

Twelve to fifteen participants will be selected for each CoP, with the intention of creating a diverse learning community that includes multiple perspectives and experiences, institutions, roles, and approaches to community engagement. Additional selection criteria include:

● Commitment to personal and professional growth and development
● Desire to deeply engage in an inclusive learning community with peers

These CoPs are a good fit for individuals with approximately 3-5 years of experience with campus and community engagement (in a variety of possible roles – community partner, staff or faculty associated with a community engagement center, past AmeriCorps/VISTA member). Please note that participation in either of the CoPs does not guarantee an individual will earn the micro-credential.

Application Process

To apply, please complete the following tasks by 4pm PST, on Friday September 13, 2019:

1. Go to https://credential.compact.org/ and complete the basic demographic and self-assessment survey for the Community Partnership and/or Community Engagement Fundamentals micro-credential. It is not necessary for you to pay the $60 fee or complete the rest of the micro-credential tasks at this time. You will be able to come back later to continue with the micro-credential application.

2. Complete a short application form by clicking HERE. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WVKV27Z).

For more information, contact Dr. Clayton Hurd: churd {at} compact(.)org.