Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice (CoPs)

Enroll now in a summer 2022 CoP!

Apply by Tuesday, June 21, 2002

Campus Compact’s Communities of Practice (CoPs) offer community engagement practitioners from across the country a platform and space for shared learning and collegial support to advance their engagement practice in a manner characterized by equity and integrity. Each CoP focuses on a specific area of higher education community engagement practice. Applicants commit to attend six regularly-scheduled, 90-minute virtual group sessions. There is no fee to participate in a CoP. Preference is given to individuals affiliated with Campus Compact member institutions.

The application to join a summer 2022 Community of Practice is now open.

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Summer 2022 CoP offerings

1. Assessment and Evaluation

A focus on the design of effective assessment and evaluation for programs, partnerships, and community learning  

Co-facilitators:

Justin Sipes, University of North Florida
Shalini Srinivasan, Metropolitan State University of Denver

MEETING DATES: From 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm EST on the following dates:

  • Thursday, July 7
  • Thursday, July 14
  • Thursday, July 21
  • Thursday, July 28
  • Thursday, August 4
  • Thursday, August 11

2. Community Engaged Teaching & Learning 

A focus on competencies to effectively facilitate curricular community-engaged learning experiences that are beneficial to students and community

Co-facilitators:

Sascha Goluboff, Washington and Lee University

Ryan Solomon, Grinnell College

MEETING DATES: From 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST on the following dates:

  • Thursday, July 21
  • Thursday, July 28
  • Thursday, August 4
  • Thursday, August 11
  • Thursday, August 18

3. Community Engagement Fundamentals

A focus on the foundations of the field and the breadth of community-engaged work

Co-facilitators:

Dylan Juza, Campus Compact

tyler kalahar, University of Southern Maine

MEETING DATES: TBD

4. Community Partnerships

A focus on competencies to create and maintain mutually-beneficial and reciprocal partnerships

Co-facilitators:

Alarie Gibbs, University of North Florida
Jenean Gilmer, Augsburg University

MEETING DATES: Bi-weekly from 2:00 pm  – 3:30 pm EST on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 22
  • Wednesday, July 6
  • Wednesday, July 20
  • Wednesday, August 3
  • Wednesday, August 10
  • Wednesday, August 24

5. Equity and Inclusion 1 [special focus on K-12 Partnerships]

A focus on effectively promoting diversity, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion in engagement work

Co-facilitators:

Diana Razo Jimenez, Chicago Public Schools

Nakia Wiley, Madison Metropolitan School District

MEETING DATES: TBD

6. Equity and Inclusion 

A focus on effectively promoting diversity, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion in engagement work

Co-facilitators:

Nicole Springer, Campus Compact

Clayton Hurd, Campus Compact

MEETING DATES: From 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm on the following dates: 

  • Wednesday, July 13
  • Wednesday, July 20
  • Wednesday, July 27
  • Wednesday, August 3
  • Wednesday, August 17

7. Program Administration

Managing the work needed to administer an effective community engagement program

Co-facilitators:

Emily Sharples, Princeton University
TBD

MEETING DATES: TBD

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What is a CoP?

A CoP is a learning community, or collegial network, that Campus Compact defines as “a group of people who share interest in an area of inquiry and engage in collective learning about that issue as it relates to their work or practice. Through discussions, joint activities, and relationship building, the community of practice develops a shared and individual repertoire of resources, skills, and knowledge to use in their practice.” (MN Campus Compact).

CoPs provide community engagement professionals an opportunity to “dig deeper” into specific areas of engagement practice by sharing experiences and models, networking, and exchanging resources. CoPs also can support individuals wishing to earn core competency credentials in community engagement by offering : (a) space to share, reflect on, and build your knowledge around key competencies that one is are expected to demonstrate to earn certification, and (b) a valued cohort for collegial support as you reflect on your professional practice and prepare portfolios to submit as part of the credentialing application process.

Campus Compact-approved CoPs are free-of-charge for participants and are designed to be democratic and embrace the following equity-based principles: that (a) everyone has knowledge to share, (b) everyone has learning to do, and (c) participants bring many identities and ways of knowing and that such diverse expressions should be encouraged and incorporated into CoP activities.