Engaging Immigrant Communities

Andrea Wells, Senior Coordinator of Operations & Partnerships in the Center for Community Engagement at Cal State East Bay.
Diana Balgas, Executive Director for Transfer Student Programs at Cal State East Bay
Duke Austin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Cal State East Bay

Apr. 10, 2018

Immigration is a national hot topic. During this webinar members of the Cal State East Bay community will share the responsive programs they created to engage the immigrant community and develop positive relationships across difference.

In 2014, when a surge in the number of unaccompanied minors immigrating to the United States from Central America created a need for more support of immigrant youth, CSUEB created an Immigrant Community Engagement course. During this course our students probe the dynamics of immigrant experiences and serve at immigrant supporting agencies.

In 2016-17 after a surge in federal immigration enforcement and arrests, 200+ campus employees and students have been trained to serve as allies to support the unique needs of undocumented students on campus. Our campus also hosted a CSU systemwide Undocumented Student Resource Summit.

In 2017-18 our campus and community common read is In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero, which tells the story of the author’s life after her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Campus and community members will engage in structured conversations about immigration and engage in activities that will result in the update of the City of Hayward’s Anti-Discrimination Action Plan (ADAP).

Hosted by California Campus Compact, Campus Compact of the Mountain West and Utah Campus Compact

Equity and Inclusion for the 1% (not THAT 1%): Student Veterans in Higher Education

Stephanie Schooley, Executive Director, CCMW
Katie Kleinhesselink, Director of Member Services, CCMW
Vanessa Moore, SECond Mission VISTA Leader, CCMW

Mar. 15, 2018

Campus Compact Mountain West has been working with member campuses on an initiative called SECond Mission:Service|Education|Careers, an effort to support access to and success in higher education for Veterans and military-affiliated students. Though only 1% of Americans serve in the armed forces, college and university campuses have a robust population of students affiliated with the military due to the opportunities made available through the Post-911 GI Bill. This group of students is disproportionally nonwhite, living with a service-related disability, living in poverty, and earning less than their peers if they’re employed.

During this webinar, we will discuss the ways in which the academic support needs of military-affiliated students align with other groups of non-traditional and adult learners. We will also highlight the ways in which student Veteran support programs have borrowed from Safe Zone and other interventions developed for LGBTQ students. Finally, we will share specific program models from SECond Mission that have made demonstrable impacts on student Veteran persistence in higher education and integration into their local civilian communities.

Hosted by California Campus Compact, Campus Compact of the Mountain West and Utah Campus Compact

Community or Political Engagement? Educating for Democracy in Troubled Times

Rick Battistoni, Professor of Political Science & Public and Community Service Studies, and Director, Feinstein Institute for Public Service, Providence College

Feb. 6, 2018

Throughout the 30+ year history of Campus Compact, questions have been raised about the connections between community service and political engagement, indeed, whether there were or should be any connections at all between the two. Over a decade ago, in 2007, concerned about the seeming disconnect between community and political engagement, the Carnegie Foundation’s Political Engagement Project encouraged higher education to direct its engagement work more explicitly toward educating for participation in democracy and public life. Later that year, CIRCLE and the Kettering Foundation published results from a study titled “Millennials Talk Politics,” which made recommendations about how colleges and universities could better educate students for political engagement. And yet, a decade later, college students seem more disengaged from politics, at least as politics is traditionally understood. Our current political landscape is full of craters, and our public discourse has become more polarized, with charges of “incivility” and “hate speech” being made on campuses from all sides of the political spectrum. In this webinar, we will confront the current political climate and discuss the challenges and opportunities it presents for higher education, as well as how our work in community engagement might foster more effective political learning and action.

Hosted by California Campus Compact, Campus Compact of the Mountain West and Utah Campus Compact

From Research to Action: Findings from a Systemwide STEM Service-Learning Research Study

Judy Botelho, Director, Center for Community Engagement, California State University
Cathy Avila-Linn, Consultant to the Center for Community Engagement, California State University, Office of the Chancellor
Rebecca M. Eddy, President, Cobblestone Applied Research & Evaluation, Inc
Nicole Galport, Research Associate, Cobblestone Applied Research & Evaluation, Inc

Jan. 16, 2018

The United States’ ability to contribute to, and innovate in, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) industries within the global market is of national concern. As the largest, most diverse and one of the most affordable university systems in the country, the California State University (CSU), with twenty-three campuses, 474,000 students, and 49,000 faculty and staff, plays a critical role in STEM degree completion. The CSU serves more than 125,000 STEM students, and graduated 20,201 STEM baccalaureates in 2016.

Building on its 20-year commitment to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in community service, service learning (SL), deemed academically appropriate by faculty, the CSU Office of the Chancellor conducted a systemwide research study of service-learning courses in STEM fields from fall 2014 thru fall 2016. The study examined the impact service learning has on common measures of student academic achievement (e.g. GPA, retention and graduation), career development and civic engagement. The presentation will review these research findings, share how the CSU is using the findings to enhance and improve service-learning STEM courses, and engage participants in a discussion about how these research findings can be applied to their own institutions.

Hosted by California Campus Compact, Campus Compact of the Mountain West and Utah Campus Compact

Civic Action Plan – What Have We Learned?

Lucy Smith, Engaged Learning Coordinator, Salt Lake Community College
Brenda MarstellerKowalewski,Associate Provost, High Impact Programs and Faculty Development, Weber State University
Kristin Brubaker, Community Engaged Learning Coordinator, Utah State University

Dec. 6, 2017

Utah Campus Compact was the first Campus Compact affiliate to achieve full adoption of the Civic Action Statement by all of its member institutions. In preparation, UTCC offered a Civic Action Planning Institute in February 2016 that kick started the civic action planning process for eight campuses. This webinar will provide an opportunity for participants hear from three institution types about what has been learned through this process and how the Civic Action Plans are moving the community engagement agendas forward for these campuses.

CACC, CCMW, and UTCC staff have pulled together content and facilitators that highlight innovations and deep thinking in strategic priority areas for the Campus Compact network and specific programs and initiatives that are making waves at member institutions.

Hosted by California Campus Compact, Campus Compact of the Mountain West and Utah Campus Compact

Realizing Sustainable Campuses, Resilient Communities & Meaningful Student Career Pathways

Stephen Miller, Deputy Director at Strategic Energy Innovations
Jake Pollack, Associate Program Manager at Strategic Energy Innovations

Oct. 24, 2017

Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) currently works with more than two dozen campuses throughout California to provide services to higher education institutions ranging from community colleges to CSUs to UC campuses. We support sustainability and climate change initiatives with best practices and resources in three key areas: leveraging the campus as a living laboratory; providing community-based experiential learning opportunities for students to explore emerging careers; and assisting in the development of educational models and support to faculty who are working on relevant and timely research and programs in sustainability and climate change. This webinar will review two of SEI’s programs that are rapidly growing and supporting state- and nation-wide goals of developing the future clean energy workforce.

Hosted by California Campus Compact, Campus Compact of the Mountain West, & Utah Campus Compact

Facing our Stories|Strengthening our Communities: The Power of Storytelling to Impact Community Change

J.R. Jamison, Co-Founder and Chief Story Telling Officer, The Facing Project
Kelsey Timmerman, Co-Founder and Chief Story Telling Officer, The Facing Project

Mar. 7, 2017

CACC, CCMW, and UTCC staff have pulled together content and facilitators that highlight innovations and deep thinking in strategic priority areas for the Campus Compact network and specific programs and initiatives that are making waves at member institutions.

Hosted by California Campus Compact, Campus Compact of the Mountain West, & Utah Campus Compact

Building Institutional Capacity for Service Learning: The Engaged Faculty Institute Curriculum

Katie Kleinhesselink, Director of Member Services, Campus Compact of the Mountain West
Stephanie Schooley, Executive Director, Campus Compact of the Mountain West

Feb. 14, 2017

California Campus Compact, Campus Compact of the Mountain West and Utah Campus Compact have pulled together content and facilitators that highlight innovations and deep thinking in strategic priority areas for the Campus Compact network and specific programs and initiatives that are making waves at member institutions.

Hosted by California Campus Compact, Campus Compact of the Mountain West, & Utah Campus Compact

Emergent Immersion: Moving Beyond Service - A Community Engagement Model

Chris Nayve, Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness, and Social Action, University of San Diego
John Loggins, Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness, and Social Action, University of San Diego
Kira Espiritu, Office of International Studies Abroad, University of San Diego
Stacey Williams, Director of Education, Pacific Discovery, Diversity Abroad Network Member
A. Rafik Mohamed, Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, California State University San Bernardino

Dec. 13, 2016

Beyond Access: Making Immersion Experiences Relevant, Reflective, and a Path to Greater Consciousness

Access has long been a topic of discussion in international education as professionals determine how to attract more diverse student populations to international opportunities. While this is important, it is increasingly critical to develop inclusive practices in advising, serving, and supporting students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds as their participation in international activities increases.

As we diversify student populations, we need program offerings and reflective experiences that invite students to live with greater social consciousness (from host engagement, relationships with one another, and lives back home). International opportunities can widen our gaze, seeing new realities while illuminating our identities and place in the world. This session explores how to integrate this type of identity development into programs…and what often happens when you do.

Hosted by California Campus Compact, Campus Compact of the Mountain West, & Utah Campus Compact

Reflecting on Whiteness - Lessons from a Pilot Program to Expand our Capacity to Work with Race

Karin Cotterman, University of San Francisco
Michelle Montagno, University of San Francisco

Nov. 1, 2016

California Campus Compact, Campus Compact of the Mountain West and Utah Campus Compact have pulled together content and facilitators that highlight innovations and deep thinking in strategic priority areas for the Campus Compact network and specific programs and initiatives that are making waves at member institutions.

Hosted by California Campus Compact, Campus Compact of the Mountain West, & Utah Campus Compact

Community Engagement in an Anchor Institution Framework

Rita Axelroth Hodges, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania

Oct. 19, 2016

Rita Axelroth Hodges is Assistant Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. In this role, she supports all aspects of the Netter Center’s mission and operations as a university-wide center since 1992 that works to improve the quality of life in Penn’s local community of West Philadelphia while simultaneously advancing research, teaching, learning, and service at the University. She will present on the work of the Netter Center and other aspects of Penn’s anchor activity, as well as research from her book (co-authored with Steve Dubb in 2012), The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads, which explores the role of colleges and universities as anchor institutions, drawing upon 10 diverse case studies. She will also speak on the work of the Anchor Institutions Task Force (directed by David Maurrasse, President of Marga Inc., and chaired by Ira Harkavy, Director of the Netter Center), which serves as an important voice for increasing the engagement of anchor institutions in their localities and regions in the U.S. and around the world.

Hosted by California Campus Compact, Campus Compact of the Mountain West, & Utah Campus Compact