Motivated by the belief that students have the power to change the world, Campus Compact of Oregon activates higher education toward student participation in civic life. As the only statewide organization working with private, public, four-year, and two-year institutions, we embrace our unique position to strengthen Oregon’s narrative of student service and leadership. Take a look at how we do this through our programs.
Established in 2007 through a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the ORCC AmeriCorps VISTA program enables colleges and universities to address issues facing low-income communities through high quality service-learning and community service programs that empower students to be change agents in their communities.
College Access Corps
Established in 2014, in partnership with Washington Campus Compact, College Access Corps is an AmeriCorps State & National Program that supports local economically disadvantaged youth to become engaged in their education, learn more about the college application and financial aid process and become academically prepared for higher education. AmeriCorps members are placed at selected member campuses, non-profits, or K-12 institutions, where they will help develop, implement or coordinate college access programs within their local communities. AmeriCorps members will recruit and train college students from local campuses to act as college access coaches to economically disadvantaged youth, with a specific focus on first generation students and students of color.
Connect2Complete is an AmeriCorps State & National Program with two main focuses: Community College Retention and K-12 Attendance. Connect2Complete Community College is focused on improving graduation rates for Oregon community college students through peer advocacy and community engaged learning. Connect2Complete Community College empowers students in developmental education classes to complete their required coursework more quickly, reach their educational goals, and ultimately graduate with a certificate or degree. Connect2Complete K12 is focused on improving attendance rates and school engagement in K12 schools in Multnomah County through mentorship. Connect2Complete K12 members work closely with school staff to create and implement interventions to address chronic absenteeism.
The Summer VISTA Program began in the summer of 2009 when Campus Compact and All Hands Raised, joined together to address the low high school completion rate in Multnomah County, Oregon where just 65% of students graduate high school on time.
MLK Day is a cooperative of colleges facilitated by ORCC. To honor and celebrate Dr. King's legacy, we unite our community to serve the places that we live, work, and study. Annually, it is the largest mobilization of college students in the country on MLK Day.
Equity and Empowerment Corps
Host campuses recruit near-peer, young professionals who will develop programming for students of color on campus to network, build systems of support, and develop leadership confidence by mentoring local K12 students of color and first generation students. By allowing the college students to shift their perspective from one of isolation on campus to being champions for high school students who have similar backgrounds to their own we hope to improve retention for the college students and increase the sense that college is attainable for the high school student mentees.
The ELSEE brings together educational administrators, professors, and students from across Oregon to delve into meaningful discourse surrounding racial equity, social justice, and the application of an equity lens in the work we do across K12 schools and institutions of higher education. Individual campus participants put together a cohort of 5-6 campus representatives to form a collaborative with other campus cohorts and together participate in a yearlong course that meets once monthly to discuss the dynamics of of systems power, privilege and oppression and how they affect us individually and as a collective.
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve.”