What's Important Now? Civic Engagement Practice and Proof
Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin Campus Compacts invite you to present and join us for the first annual Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit, June 5-6, 2012 at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota. The Summit will provide opportunities for faculty, professional staff, student and community leaders interested in higher education civic engagement activities to network and learn from one another while engaging in skill-building sessions as well as discussing challenging issues facing our communities.
We invite proposals for four different types of sessions:
- Skill-Building Session - sessions that focus on particular tasks or capacities that can be useful to various stakeholders in civic engagement. Session leaders are expected to present some relevant knowledge, experiences, and resources, while also engaging participants in interactive work of some kind that supports their learning and application of the skills. Sample topics include: Using Surveys to Assess the Student and Community Outcomes of Service-Learning; Building Strong Partnerships; or Students as Leaders and Colleagues.
- Issue-Focused Session - sessions that address specific public issues and/or issues within higher education and how civic engagement can contribute to positive change. Session leaders are expected to share their own related models and experiences, while also, as appropriate, drawing on others' work and inviting participants to offer additional examples and insights. Sample topics may include: Partnering to Improve Public Health; Supporting Economic Development through Campus-Community Partnerships; or Strategies for Advancing Environmental Sustainability.
- Big-Picture Session - sessions that engage all participates in discussing challenging issues related to civic engagement in higher education. Session leaders are expected to frame the discussion initially and to facilitate thoughtful interaction, not to speak as experts. Sample topics include: How can we move from an array of civic engagement activities to a deep institutional culture of engagement? What does it mean that our states are among the highest in the nation in both civic engagement and racial disparities?
- Poster Session - posters reflecting model campus-community engagement projects are encouraged. Posters can be submitted individually, or by a group or class. Please include issues addressed by the community partners; impact of the service performed; impact of community projects such as capacity building, services provided or change created; and learning objectives which may include an academic connection to a course, civic understanding of community need, or self-awareness of individual change, connection to career, professional or personal goals.