KyCC New Website

Kentucky Campus Compact website has just gotten a makeover. The look and navigation has been made more accessible and is now mobile friendly. We hope you enjoy the site and find the information you were looking for. As we continue to transition our site a number of pages are still under construction. If you have found a mistake in our transition to the new site please contact us at execdirector {at} kycompact(.)org.    

Organize a Discussion

September 24, 2017

Bring What’s Next to Your Community! If you want to help organize and lead a conversation about strengthening your community, go here to find out how (LINK to “Organize a Discussion” page). Download the What’s Next, Kentucky guide.

Summary of the February 6, 2017 Presidents and Chancellors Conversation

Nineteen college and university presidents and chancellors from across Minnesota gathered on February 6, 2017, to reflect on what we can and must do in a time of visible polarization along lines of race, class, religion, location (urban/rural), political ideology, immigration status, and more. Our goal for ourselves and our communities is not necessarily agreement, but an enhanced ability to live and work together constructively in a free society. We discovered a strong, shared commitment to championing dialogue across differences and to practicing it ourselves. Listening deeply to each other’s stories is powerful. It can build trust, seed new relationships,…

New Partnerships Ease the Burden of Community Engagement Matching and Tracking

Without dedicated software, comprehensive tracking of student community engagement activity can be a lot of work – or nearly impossible. Software programs can be expensive, but two creative partnerships are making sophisticated tracking accessible to more campuses both in Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities. If campuses and community organizations increasingly use shared software platforms, higher education volunteers, service-learners, interns, and other resources can also become easier for our communities to access. It’s a win-win. Southwest Minnesota State University and United Way of Southwest Minnesota recently launched a new collaborative website called MustangsVOLUNTEER, which makes service opportunities easier to find for…

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through Learning, Celebration, and Service

Minnesota Campus Compact members organized a variety of thoughtful programming during the week of January 17, 2017, celebrating the legacy of Dr. King, learning about current issues of race and justice in our state, and showcasing the plethora of options students have to engage with their communities. Here’s a small sample of activities: Augsburg College  Augsburg College held its 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. This year’s theme was “Renewing King’s Call for Social Justice, Equality, and Inclusion, in an Age of Demagoguery.” The keynote speaker was Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds, a civil rights attorney and legal scholar on issues of race, public policy,…

Building Meaningful Classroom Connections

“Not only did partnering with Brightside give us an opportunity to have real time discussions about what challenges organizations face, it allowed us to think bigger than ourselves, about our community and the good work that is being done and needs to be expanded.”

January Update – New Community Engagement Resources

Articles, Books, and Journals The Benefits of Gender Balance in a System’s Presidential Offices by Anne Blackhurst, Joyce Ester, Connie Gores, and Barbara McDonald Critical Competences for Social Impact Leaders by Romy Kraemer Engaging Learning Through Student Activism by Stephen G. Pelletier Engaging Urban Universities as Anchor Institutions for Health Equity by Ira Harkavy Engaged Research and Practice edited by Betty Overton, Penny A. Pasque, John C. Burkhardt Higher Education’s Post-Election Voice by Pete Mackey In Tumultuous Times, Colleges Can Do What They Do Best by Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education, 2016 edited by Alexis Petri, and Tabitha Underwood More universities…

“Engage the Village”: Partnerships (and VISTAs) to Support Low-Income Student Success

Concern about financial barriers to college enrollment and completion is widespread these days, for good reasons. In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Temple University faculty member Sara Goldrick-Rab identifies significant problems with higher education policy but also steps that colleges and universities can take “right now”: First, colleges can do a better job of assessing students’ readiness to learn. . . . Remember Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: food, housing, safety, and sleep must be assured before we can move on to higher-order tasks. Second, colleges can listen to students and give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they are…

September Update: New Community Engagement Resources

Books, Journals, Articles: Civic Labors: Scholar Activism and Working Class Studies edited by Dennis Deslippe, Eric Fure-Slocum, and John W. McKerley Civic Professionalism: A Pathway to Practical Wisdom for the Liberal Arts by Amy Kortiz and Paul Schadewald Community-Based Reseach edited by Mary Beckman and Joyce F. Long Engagement Champions by David J. Weerts Integrating Values Into Your Career by Laura N. Schram Public: A Journal of Imagining America, issue on Globally Engaged Pedagogy, Research, and Creative Practice edited by Ifeoma K. Nwankwo, Jeffrey Hou, Jan Cohen-Cruz Re-envisioning Education and Democracy by Ruthanne Kurht-Schai and Charles R. Green Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International…

AmeriCorps VISTA and Organizational Development: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Marshall

May 23, 2016

Kelsey Stern serves with Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) and the Marshall Area YMCA in Marshall, Minnesota. This is her second year in the College Health Corps. Kelsey’s service has helped to spearhead Healthy56258, which is a community-wide initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles for low-income community members. Read on to learn more about all Kelsey has done this year!

AmeriCorps VISTA and Host Site Collaboration: Stronger Together

May 23, 2016

Paola Schnabel Paola Schnabel is a 2015-2016 CHC VISTA member serving with Winona State University Health and Wellness Services, Live Well Winona, and Project Focus Integrating Newcomers through Education (FINE). Her service has focused on gender-based violence education, development and expansion of volunteer programs, and creation of tools for implementation of an on-campus food shelf. Collaboration across three host sites can be difficult, but Paola’s service has brought these sites together in a meaningful way.  1) What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps? What drew you to this project? It was the last semester of my senior year and it was…

AmeriCorps VISTA: Community Voices for Community Change

May 23, 2016

Yasmin Abdulaya Yasmin Abdulaya is a member of the 2015-16 College Health Corps serving with the Cedar-Riverside Health Commons and Augsburg Campus Kitchen in Minneapolis. Her service has supported some deeply meaningful moments at the Cedar-Riverside Health Commons and contributed not only to the health and well-being of Health Commons participants but also her own personal growth. Read on to find out more! Yasmin graduated from Augsburg College in 2015 with a degree in Biology and the desire to pursue a career in community health. During her undergraduate career she volunteered at a homeless shelter in Minneapolis and participated in service learning…

The Power of a New Perspective: Building Clinic Capacity Through Grant Writing

May 23, 2016

Michaela Read Michaela Read is a member of the 2016-17 cohort serving with the CARE Clinic in Red Wing. Despite having little to no experience in grant writing prior to service, she has raised funds for her site in a big way. Read on to learn about her success and the advice she has for first-time grant writers. 1) What drew you to serve with CARE Clinic? When it came time to look for jobs after college, I had a lot of hypothetical ideas in my head, but did not know exactly which direction I wanted to take. I had coffee with…

Century College Resource and Support Center: VISTA Service and Student Retention

May 23, 2016

Sarah Wiese Sarah Wiese is a member of the 2015-16 College Health Corps VISTA cohort. She is serving at Century College in White Bear Lake and her service is dedicated to establishing a Resource and Support Center on campus to help low-income students stay in school by addressing their basic health needs. As a result of her service, the Center now has a permanent location on campus and offers a variety of services. Read on to hear about this in her own words! 1. Describe your role at Century and your work on the Resource and Support Center. My role…

Apply Now! 12 College Health Corps VISTA Positions Available

May 23, 2016

Serve for a Year. Make a Difference that Lasts. Take your Community Leadership to a New Level. Now Accepting Applications The College Health Corps (CHC) is an AmeriCorps VISTA national service program working to promote health equity and support the wellness of low income people in Minnesota. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is the capacity-building, indirect service arm of the AmeriCorps national service program, likened to a domestic Peace Corps. CHC VISTA members commit to serving one year, full time, to address health issues affecting low-income Minnesotans through capacity building projects focused on program development and enhancement. VISTA members…

Utilizing Social Media for Breast Cancer Awareness: The Success of Indigenous Pink Day

May 23, 2016

Julia Jacobson Julia Jacobson is a 2015-2016 College Health Corps VISTA member serving with the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) in Minneapolis. She works closely with AICAF staff to craft health community messaging on the risks of smoking and importance of cancer screening for American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Recently she helped to spearhead a highly successful campaign called Indigenous Pink which focused on breast cancer awareness. Read on to learn more about AICAF’s success in her own words. Beginning my post-college job search last year, I knew I wanted to seek experience in the health field but was not sure…

Announcing 2016-17 College Health Corps VISTA Sites

May 23, 2016

We are excited to announce that the following campus-community partnerships will host a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA in 2015-16: American Indian Cancer Foundation with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Augsburg College Health Commons & Campus Kitchen Brian Coyle Center and University of Minnesota Office of Sustainability Brightside Produce of University of St. Thomas Inver Hills Community College Poverty Student Success Project Minneapolis Community and Technical College Student Support Center Minneapolis Health Department Youth Violence Prevention with the University of Minnesota Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center People’s Center Clinic with Augsburg College and St. Catherine University Rochester Student Health Services with Winona State University-Rochester Southwest Minnesota State…

Funding for Youth Violence Prevention: The Impact of VISTA Service

May 23, 2016

Ziz Raskin Ziz Raskin is a CHC VISTA member serving with the Minneapolis Health Department (MHD). She grew up in eastern Massachusetts and has an undergraduate degree in French and a minor in Gender, Feminist, and Sexuality Studies from Oberlin College. She also completed an internship at the Center of Rixensart in Belgium where she developed curricula for asylum seekers. Recently her VISTA project contributed to MHD receiving a grant in a very unusual way. To learn more about Ziz and the impact of her service, keep reading below! What drew you to serve with MHD? I was drawn to MHD,…

Collaborating with Students for Healthier Futures

May 23, 2016

Luke Loegering Luke Loegering is a member of the 2015-16 College Health Corps (CHC) VISTA cohort. His interest in health equity began during his biology degree when he took several public health classes. He plans to continue on to medical school following his CHC year. He is serving with the Rochester Student Health Services at the Alternative Learning Center (ALC), which serves a diverse population of 7-12th graders at risk of poverty, family disruption, chemical addiction, mental health issues, and homelessness. One challenge has been to connect with students to make them aware of clinic services. To address this, he recently partnered with the…

The Transformative Power of AmeriCorps VISTA: Trauma Recovery and Healing

May 23, 2016

Yvonne Mudoh Yvonne Mudoh is a member of the College Health Corps (CHC) VISTA cohort serving with the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in North Minneapolis. She works closely with the Trauma Recovery Project (TRP), which brings community members together to have critical and truth-telling conversations about community issues and neighborhood trauma. Keep reading to learn more about her project and her motivation to join AmeriCorps VISTA. Yvonne Mudoh grew up in Cameroon in a large, close-knit family. Her mother was a nurse who worked at a local government hospital. Occasionally she would conduct community visits outside of work…

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