On October 6, Rhode Island Campus Compact, Connecticut Campus Compact, and Massachusetts Campus Compact jointly hosted the Civic Action Planning Institute at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. There were around 50 participants total, representing 25 Compact member colleges and universities whose presidents or chancellors have signed the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Civic Action Statement. We were very privileged to be joined by Lisa Keyne of Treetop Commons, formerly of North Carolina Campus Compact.
The agenda for the Institute consisted of several key points:
- overview of principles and goals of the 30th Anniversary Action Statement
- introduction to campus civic action planning processes
- exploration of key planning concepts:
- asset orientation
- meaning of community engagement
- capacity building
- systems and policy change
- culture change
- integration of teaching, research and institutional action
- maximizing student and community impact
The morning activities featured a SOAR exercise (Strength, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results) in which members divided into small groups and discussed the many ways in which their campuses either could employ or are currently employing the Civic Action Statement. During the afternoon segment of the Institute, teams were able to discuss among themselves the planning processes which they could employ on their own campuses in order to foster civic engagement among students, faculty, and staff.
Regarding the day’s events, Matt Farley, Executive Director of both RICC and CTCC, stated that “this planning institute represents a small step in much larger processes on multiple levels. For our members, developing an explicit plan that deepens their campus’ community engaged learning, teaching, research, and service can be instrumental in transforming their campus and community. For our region, this event was the first of a forming relationship between Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Campus Compacts as we prepare for a new approach to supporting and engaging with our member campuses in Southern New England. And finally, on a national or field level, the campuses who attended are apart of larger national movement that will include over 450 Civic Action Plans being developed at once. Those campuses and their plans can then be leveraged to drive field level change by harnessing the collective action, insights, and impacts that can serve to set the next foundation for our shared work. This a critical time in the history of our work.”
If you have further questions regarding the Action Planning Institutes, please contact Maggie Grove at firstname.lastname@example.org.