April 2018 E-News highlights
Find April 2018 in our E-News archive on the right to see the full newsletter, including an updated job board, resource list, upcoming conferences, campus news, and more!
You're Invited! Summer Institute - Cultural Competency on Campus: Implementing HB 2864
When: August 13th-14th
Where: Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon
How: $95/person, breakfast and lunch included both days, Low-cost housing available at COCC starting at $45/night
In 2017, the Oregon State Legislature passed HB 2864, requiring public universities and community colleges in Oregon to designate a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee that will provide oversight for the implementation of a plan with standards on building an inclusive campus culture. Join Campus Compact of Oregon, event sponsor Higher Education Coordinating Commission, and your colleagues working on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives on campus to explore what the implementation of this bill will look like!
REACH Luncheon Exceeds Fundraising Goal!
On April 20th, we hosted the REACH Luncheon, our annual fundraising event. Seeing over 100 of our partners - ELSEE alumni, presidents, AmeriCorps members and supervisors, and more - together in one room was powerful! It is always heartening to remember that we are not doing this work in isolation.
We are excited to announce that with the generous support of our host and Douglas Fir sponsor Warner Pacific University, our ten other event sponsors, ticket sales, and over sixty individual donors, we raised $25,741 to support our REACH Initiative - here's to 2018-19 and promoting racial equity across college and high school, together!
Accepting Applications for ELSEE's 4th Cohort - K12 and Nonprofit Partners Now Eligible!
We are now accepting applications for the 4th cohort of the Executive Learning Series on Equity and Empowerment!
Colleges, universities, government agencies, nonprofits, and K12 schools or institutions are ALL eligible to apply for ELSEE this year, to create a learning cohort that embodies our goal of racial equity across college and high school.
March 2018 E-News Highlights
Ben Cannon to Keynote Presidential Summit on Equity in Higher Education on April 20th
We are excited to announce that Ben Cannon, Executive Director of Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission, will join us as the keynote speaker for the Presidential Summit on Equity in Higher Education on April 20th at 1:30pm.
Immediately following the REACH Luncheon fundraiser, college and university presidents from Oregon are invited to join us to discuss the preliminary findings of the Equity Action Teams and engage in dialogue about implementing practices and policies to support equity on campus.
More on the Presidential Summit
2018 Newman Civic Fellows Announced
The 2018 Newman Civic Fellows have been announced! Every year, national Campus Compact selects students nominated by college presidents for the Newman Civic Fellowship, a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. We have three Fellows to congratulate from Oregon: Charity Williams from Mt. Hood Community College, Ruta Faifaiese from Oregon State University, and TJ Brown from Wayfinding Academy. Thank you for your commitment to your campuses and communities!
Oregon's Public University Presidents Voice Support for AmeriCorps
Oregon Volunteers, the state commission on service and volunteering that allows state AmeriCorps programs such as our own Connect2Complete to exist, recently won a legislative victory that granted the commission continued state funding and a move to be hosted by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC).
We want to thank everyone who worked hard to make this happen, including the eight presidents of Oregon's public universities, who signed a joint letter in support of AmeriCorps in Oregon, expressing the value of the program to their communities and their students.
Read the full letter here!
February 2018 News Highlights
We're Published! Sonali S. Balajee and Josh Todd Co-Authored Article on ELSEE for Metropolitan Universities Journal
Campus Compact of Oregon's Senior Consultant Sonali Sangeeta Balajee and Executive Director Josh Todd recently co-authored an article for the most recent "Equity and Inclusion" issue of the Metropolitan Universities Journal about our yearlong learning series on applying an equity lens in higher education. "This article describes the Executive Learning Series on Equity & Empowerment (ELSEE), which works not to just promote these values but to embody them and transform the academy (and those within it) through a deeper set of interventions, emphasizing the integration of holistic health, spirit based practice, mindfulness, and other practices of decolonization."This issue of the journal also features an article from Campus Compact of Oregon member president Michelle Jones about founding a new college, Wayfinding Academy as well as an article about campus member Portland State University's equity infused strategic planning process.
If you would like to better understand the heart of the work we do, this tells the story best!
Read the full article here!
New Accepting Applications for AmeriCorps Host Sites
Do you want to add human capacity to your team? Colleges and universities, K12 schools, and education nonprofits are all eligible to host an AmeriCorps member through Campus Compact. If you are interested, applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now live for all three of our programs! Links below to longer descriptions of our three programs, application forms, and due dates, or visit our website.
January 2018 News Highlights
MLK Day 2018: Over 400 Volunteers Serve SE Portland Neighborhoods
MLK Day of Service 2018 was Monday, January 15th!
Students from Concordia University, George Fox University, Mt. Hood Community College, Portland Community College, Portland State University, and Warner Pacific University (with guests from University of Portland and Wayfinding Academy) gathered at Warner Pacific for an opening rally. The volunteers were warmly welcomed by President Andrea Cook, and then saw a video of MLK's "What is Your Life''s Blueprint" speech. Our keynote speaker, Mr. Ed Washington, works for Portland State University and is an instructor at Portland Community College, and has been involved in the civil rights and social justice movements in Portland for 60 years.
Service sites for the day included Depave, Nadaka Nature Park, Solve, Tabor Courtyard, Birch Community Services, The Rosewood Initiative, and more! View a complete list on our website along with information about further service opportunities with the organizations.
If you are interested in students from your college or university participating in this event next year, please contact Carmen Denison soon! We start planning for 2019 in July.
Portland State Hosting Symposium: Toward Pedagogies of Critical Community-Based Learning; Now Accepting Submissions
Campus Compact of Oregon is a co-sponsor of this exciting event happening at PSU on April 5th!
Critical CBL, as defined by Tania Mitchell, is an educational practice that seeks to “interrogate systems and structures of inequality, question the distribution of power, and develop authentic relationships among students, faculty, and community partners...this is a critical approach that is unapologetic in its aim to dismantle structures of injustice.”
Tailored to all levels of proficiency, the primary purpose of the symposium is to illuminate the power inequalities that undergird community-based learning and promote community engagement pedagogies that are rooted in social justice ideals and values.
Learn more or submit a proposal to present!
TheDream.UD receives $33M Grant to Fund Scholarships for Dreamers
TheDream.US, the nation’s largest scholarship program for Dreamers, announced today a $33 million dollar scholarship grant from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos. The grant, the largest in the organization’s history, will give 1,000 undocumented immigrant graduates of US high schools with DACA status the opportunity to go to college.
TheDream.US partners with more than 70 low-cost colleges in 15 states. Dreamers receive a total of $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to help pay the cost of tuition, fees and books. 2,850 students are currently enrolled in college under the program.
Read more and view all scholarship opportunities from TheDream.US.
DECEMBER 2017 E-NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
Spirit Mountain Community Fund Awards Campus Compact of Oregon grant to support Equity Action Teams
Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the foundation administered by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, announced this week that Campus Compact of Oregon will receive a $6,600 grant to support our Equity Action Team! Funds from SMCF will specifically benefit the team of individuals working to identify recommendations and best practices about Supporting Undocumented and Immigrant Students.
Campus Compact staff were honored to attend a check presentation on 12/13 with the tribal council of the Confederated Tribes, where we learned more about the history of the Tribes and the Fund, as well as our fellow grantees. Thank you to Spirit Mountain Community Fund for your support of Equity Action Teams!
Now Accepting Applications for Two College Access Corps Members
Our College Access Corps program will welcome two new AmeriCorps members in January, at Boys and Girls Club of Marion and Polk Counties, and Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center with Rosemary Anderson High School.
If you or someone you know might be interested in serving with us in Salem or Portland, please view further info about the positions on our website and get in touch with College Access Corps Leader Marquina (email@example.com) with questions!
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