Agenda for the day Before I begin discussing the Engaged Campus series, I’d like to tell you a bit about Campus Compact.
Ohio Campus Compact is one of 34 state compact offices.
Campus Compact was originally founded in 1985 by the presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford Universities and the president of the Education Commission of the States. In the mid-1980s, the media portrayed college students as materialistic and self-absorbed, more interested in making money than in helping their neighbors.
The founding presidents believed this public image was false; they noted many students on their campuses who were involved in community service and believed many others would follow suit with the proper encouragement and supportive structures. Campus Compact was created to help colleges and universities create such support structures.
These include offices and staff to coordinate community engagement efforts, training to help faculty members integrate community work into their teaching and research, scholarships and other student incentives, and the institutional will to make civic and community engagement a priority. Ohio Campus Compact is a statewide non-profit coalition of 46 college and university presidents and their campuses working to promote the civic purposes of higher education.
More than 45 two-year, four-year, public and private institutions in Ohio are members of Ohio Campus Compact. Our members share a common commitment to address the needs of surrounding communities and to integrate public service as a central part of undergraduate education. Together, we work to:
integrate the ethic of service across the institution by facilitating, supporting and rewarding participation encourage faculty efforts to connect service and academic study; and foster an environment that stimulates students to move beyond service and engage in long-term problem resolution through applying skills learned in the classroom.
We invest in good ideas. FUNDING We invest in civic engagement on our member campuses through mini grants We engage campuses in community service, service-learning & civic engagement. SERVICE PROGRAMS Our Students in Service and AmeriCorps VISTA programs strategically connect college resources with communities in need, with a particular focus on poverty alleviation. Ohio Campus Compact has had a partnership with Kent State dating back to the first cohort in 1998 12 VISTAs We empower campus leaders to help local communities. TRAINING We bring together scholars and the state’s brightest youth leaders. And we put that brainpower to work to tackle issues like poverty, hunger and joblessness. Our symposiums, trainings & resources bring out the best in faculty, administrators and campus leaders. And with our help, they make an even greater impact on students and in local communities.
It looks like a soccer ball, but it contains a mechanism inside that converts kinetic energy into electric power. According to its inventors, the ball stores enough energy after just thirty minutes of play to run an LED lamp for three hours, so a child can read at night. Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Ashton Kutcher and other celebrities and philanthropists have endorsed the Soccket as a fun product that can promote learning in developing countries. The idea was dreamed up in 2008 as part of a class project at Harvard University. For the $60 it cost a charity to provide her family with one Soccket ball, she said she could have had her home hooked up to the electric grid, and that could have provided light for her whole family for years to come. Did anyone ask the families in rural Mexico if they needed a soccer ball that could power a lamp? No one asked the families I spoke with. Margarita Mendez Arroyo is a grandmother in Puebla whose family received a Soccket that quickly broke. When I asked her what she really needed, she said, “If they wanted to help people like us, they should have provided help with a connection to electricity.” You see, in her village, there is electric power. Mendez Arroyo just can&apos;t afford it. For the $60 it cost a charity to provide her family with one Soccket ball, she said she could have had her home hooked up to the electric grid, and that could have provided light for her whole family for years to come.
Great new book edited by Katey Borland at Ohio State University and Abigail Adams. It contains some great essays and some insightful “best practices”
Examine what works and what doesn’t with humility, self-reflection, “Learning how to learn”
It is not possible without taking risks and innovating – which inevitably means failing sometimes. We also believe that it’s important to publicly celebrate these failures, which allows us to share the lessons more broadly and create a culture that encourages creativity and calculated risk taking
International s l resources
The rewards, risks and responsibilities of short-term service-
learning experiences abroad
Ohio Campus Compact envisions Ohio
colleges and universities as centers of civic
engagement and renewal where co-curricular
and curricular learning, teaching and
scholarship advance the public good and
prepare students for active citizenship and