Julie Cronin Joins CCSNE

Campus Compact is pleased to announce Julie Cronin as our new Member Engagement Coordinator. As the Member Engagement Coordinator, Julie will support communications and member programming throughout our region. About Julie: After receiving her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Bridgewater State University, Julie served an as AmeriCorps*VISTA with Massachusetts Campus Compact. In this role, she worked towards building a new partnership with a Boston public high school around post-secondary success. This experience solidified her desire to advance reciprocal campus-community partnerships to promote a more equitable society. After her VISTA year, she completed a Master’s of Education in Community Engagement with a…

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2018 EHRLICH AWARD

The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award recognizes one senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career if not in a tenure line) each year. Honorees (who must be affiliated with a Campus Compact member institution) are recognized for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good. The recipient and finalists will be announced in early fall 2018 and will be honored at one of Campus Compact’s regional conferences in spring 2019. In addition, the…

How to Move from Head Counts to Impact

Campus civic and community engagement efforts have grown and evolved to reach all aspects of the academy – the curriculum, co-curricular student experiences, research and scholarships, and business operations of the organization.  This increased complexity has required additional staffing, funding, and capital resources resulting in more competitive environments, need for extramural funding and support, and higher levels of scrutiny from campus executives.  Within this context, faculty and staff must ensure their efforts support the teaching and research missions of the institution. and key foci such as student learning, retention, and career development are prioritized.  Externally, stakeholders such as community partners…

Members Trained in Dialogue Facilitation by Everyday Democracy

On Friday, December 1, 2017, members of Campus Compact for Southern New England gathered at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute for a day-long dialogue facilitation training led by Gwen Wright of Everyday Democracy. Participants reviewed the basic principles of Everyday Democracy’s “dialogue to change” community engagement process, which included how to best prepare oneself before engaging in a dialogue and the basic facilitation skills for small-group discussions. Through role-play and practice participants encountered the unforeseen challenges that can undermine productive dialogue and learned effective solutions to navigate those challenges. During smaller break out groups, facilitators with various levels of experience…

CCSNE VISTAs Complete Early Service Training

The Early Service Training (EST) retreat kicked off last week on November 29th with 48 Campus Compact for Southern New England AmeriCorps VISTAs arriving at UMass Amherst. VISTAs traveled from campuses throughout the three states to take a necessary pause, reflect, and learn alongside peers. The EST has historically been situated slightly before the end of the semester – allowing VISTAs to carefully and critically think about their previous months while gaining momentum for the coming semester. This year, our sessions, workshops and speakers fit into three categories: Learning and Reflection on Successes, Addressing Challenges, and Future Planning. Day 1 Highlights:…

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…

MA VISTAs Gather for Opening Day

This past Friday, November 3rd, our Massachusetts-based VISTAs had the opportunity to come together alongside other AmeriCorps programs thanks to Massachusetts Service Alliance’s annual Opening Day event held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. Similar events were held in both Rhode Island and Connecticut during the month of October. Every year, Opening Day provides AmeriCorps members with the chance to connect with people in other programs, share a bit about the work that they are doing in their communities, and take the Pledge to Serve. This year, Campus Compact for Southern New England was represented by Lauren Dybel,…

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….

VISTAs Participate in 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance

The nonprofit 9/11 Day established the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2002 to inspire a “tradition of engaging in charitable service.” As a result, thousands of national service members participate in the annual day by serving directly with organizations and communities in need. This past Monday, VISTAs from Campus Compact for Southern New England participated in service initiatives across the three states (Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts). A group of CCSNE VISTAs serving in and around Boston participated in the day by building military care packages. The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund (MMHF) orchestrated the service project to…

CCSNE VISTAs Start Their Service Years at Kickoff Retreat

At the end of August, the CCSNE VISTA team ventured to Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, MA for the first ever Kickoff Retreat as a three-state Compact.  We met over 50 new VISTAs excited to begin their years of service. This retreat laid the groundwork for each person to have a successful VISTA experience, helped them connect with each other around their projects, and presented them with a wealth of resources for the year, including each other. Over three days, the new VISTAs learned about the role of CCSNE, the context for their work, and just what they had…

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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