Now Accepting Nominations for 2018 Newman Civic Fellowship

The nomination period for Campus Compact’s Newman Civic Fellowship, which recognizes community-committed students, is now open! Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors are encouraged to nominate a student for this comprehensive fellowship experience. The Newman Civic Fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for the civic engagement of higher education.  You can learn more about the 2017 Newman Civic Fellows here. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, we are seeking nominations of undergraduate or graduate students who engage in collaborative action with others in order to create long-term social change, take action in addressing issues…

Kenneth Reardon Receives 2017 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award

Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1000 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education, has selected Kenneth Reardon, Professor of Urban Planning and Director of Urban Planning and Community Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, as the recipient of the 2017 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. The award is bestowed annually to recognize one faculty member and up to four finalists for exemplary leadership in advancing student civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal partnerships, building institutional commitments to engagement, and enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good. The award is named in honor of…

Mary Ryan Named Inaugural Director of Campus Compact for the Great Plains

Campus Compact has selected Mary Ryan as the inaugural Director of Campus Compact for the Great Plains. Ryan, who has spent the last 26 years as an administrator at the University of Kansas, will lead the new coalition of colleges and universities to advance the public purposes of higher education across Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. As Director, Ryan will spearhead coordinated civic and community engagement efforts among the region’s colleges and universities. She will work with students, faculty, staff, and community organizations to support greater integration of activities in civic and service learning, community based research, national service, and…

Campus Compact Statement on DACA

September 6, 2017

Campus Compact stands with the DREAMers. We do so for several reasons. First, as an organization of colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education, we see every day the contributions DREAMers are making on our campuses and in our communities. The DREAMers, with their willingness to stand up for what is right even at great personal peril, embody precisely the kind of brave citizenship we seek to cultivate in our students. Second, the right to continue to live in the only country one has ever known is an aspect of the equal human dignity with which…

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…

The Impact of VISTA Service: Oral Health Education for All

May 23, 2016

Maren Iverson Maren Iverson is a member of the 2015-16 CHC VISTA cohort currently serving with Community Dental Care. She recently finished a draft of a manual for PICOH (the Program to Improve Community Oral Health) which the 2014-15 CHC VISTA member began. Read on to learn about the positive impact her service has had at her service site and the importance of PICOH. What is the purpose and significance of the PICOH program?  The Program to Improve Community Oral Health (PICOH) is an in-clinic oral health education program that provides oral health hygiene instruction, nutritional counseling, and oral health kits for low-income and…

Apply to be a College Health Corps Program Site

May 23, 2016

Do you have a campus-community partnership that supports low-income Minnesotans in accessing healthcare, health and wellness knowledge, or food security? Would you like to expand the scale, scope, efficiency, or effectiveness of this project and need additional help to do so? Consider applying to host an College Health Corps AmeriCorps*VISTA member from June, 2016 to June, 2017. These full-time national service VISTA members provide a year of capacity building service and are provided a living allowance and education award. Download the RFP here. Letter of Interest due November 10, 2015. Informational webinar for applicants (optional) on December 2, 2015, 10 -…

A Success Story: Transitioning from VISTA to Full-time Employee

May 23, 2016

Paul Rebman Paul Rebman was a VISTA with the 2014-15 CHC cohort. He served with the Minneapolis Health Department’s Youth Violence Intervention Program and was hired on after his VISTA term. We asked him about the transition from VISTA member to full-time employee and his advice for other VISTA members on finding post-VISTA employment. What projects did you focus on during your VISTA term with the Minneapolis Health Department? As a VISTA, I focused on the Minneapolis Health Department’s Hospital Based Violence Intervention Project, MYVIP. This program is designed to connect violently injured young people with social support and a…

MPS School Garden Survey: Unearthing the Key to School Garden Success

May 23, 2016

Loring Community School garden Callie Recknagel was a member of the CHC VISTA cohort in 2014-15 and she served with Youth Farm and Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary and Nutrition Services (MPS). She was responsible for many projects during her VISTA term and one of these projects was the MPS School Garden Survey. The purpose of the survey was to determine the current state of school gardens in the Minneapolis Public School District, and from this information, assess how to best support the gardens and build stronger partnerships between MPS, the Youth Farm, and other non-profits doing food and gardening work. The prep-work for the survey, which was…