Community College CoP Call

September 19, 2019
Communities of Practice: Service Learning in Community Colleges

Registration will be open until capacity is reached
but will close on Friday, October 18, 2019,  5 p.m. PST

In October 2019, join us as Campus Compact welcomes community engagement professionals and a team of distinguished facilitators to co-create virtual Communities of Practice (CoPs) for Service Learning in Community Colleges.  This CoP will consist of approximately 24 participations in three regional cohorts.

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).

These CoPs explore the best practices and models in service learning in community colleges.  Due to current priorities and directions among community colleges, how can we advance service learning in community colleges for broader reach, more equity and accessibility, and greater community impact?  Participation in these CoPs will provide community college professionals with the space to share, reflect on, and build knowledge around:

  • Models for service learning for community colleges that are equitable and accessible given the unique challenges and opportunities at community colleges.
  • A review of successful and sustainable community college service learning models
  • Best practices in recruiting, training, and assessing service learning
  • Expansion of a clearinghouse of programs, syllabi, models, and projects specific to community colleges

All Campus Compact CoPs embrace and embody 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.

These CoPs will be facilitated by community college professionals from Campus Compact member institutions.

Eastern Region Cohort Logistics

The CoP will meet five times between October 2019 and March 2020 for 90 minute sessions 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.  There will be three cohorts that are set up regionally with a capacity of 8 participants in each.  Please note that you encouraged but not required to register for your home region.  Acceptance into a cohort is by first-come, first-serve basis. 

Facilitators:

Fagan Forhan
Assistant Dean, K-12 Partnerships & Civic Engagement
Mount Wachusett Community College

As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Psychology, Fagan Forhan has consistently and passionately been involved in many facets of community service and has served on numerous boards and committees. In her current role, Fagan provides strategic direction and oversight for the Brewer Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, as well as the college’s Division of Access and Transition. She serves as a member of the Board of Higher Education’s Study Group on Civic Learning, a National Steering Committee Member for The Democracy Commitment, and a Steering Committee member for the national Economic Inequality Initiative through the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment.

Lori Moog
Director of Service Learning & Community Outreach
Raritan Valley Community College

Ms. Lori Moog is the Director of Service Learning and Community Outreach at Raritan Valley Community College. She has coordinated the program since 1996, earning national awards including the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction annually since its inception, the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification and Reclassification, and the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award. Ms. Moog has offered more than 60 professional development workshops to college faculty and administrators on developing service learning programs regionally, nationally and internationally.

Schedule:

Participation Requirements: 

  • No fee is required to participate in the CoP.
  • Complete and submit your registration by Friday, October 18, 2019, 5:00 PST.  
  • 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.
  • Commit to personal and professional growth and development.
  • Desire to deeply engage in an inclusive learning community with peers.

Register today to reserve your spot!

Please contact Verdis Robinson with questions at verdis {at} compact(.)org