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2024 Civic Action Academy

November 15 - November 16

Save the Date: 2024 Civic Action Academy

The 2024 Civic Action Academy will be held November 15-16 at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Civic Action Academy brings students from Iowa and Minnesota together, serving as a hub for individuals committed to making a positive impact in their communities. Sessions offer skill-building in civic action including leadership, dialogue, advocacy, and more, deepening students’ understanding of how to effectively and collaboratively address social issues. Interacting with peers from different campuses exposes students to a wide range of experiences, ideas, and approaches to civic engagement, giving them the chance to learn from each other, share best practices, and build valuable connections that can support their future endeavors. The Civic Action Academy empowers students to reflect on and recognize their agency as changemakers and develop the skills needed to affect change in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.

Introducing our Keynote! Maribel Lopez, Head of PBS Digital Studios

As Head of PBS Digital Studios, Maribel Lopez serves as the executive producer of PBS’s award-winning original digital programming, oversees publishing operations, and manages relationships with PBS member stations on behalf of PBS Digital Studios. A frequent public media conference presenter and panelist, Maribel is most passionate about engaging newer, younger audiences with public media through digital journalism and storytelling and is interested in developing and retaining public media’s future leaders.

Preliminary Agenda

Friday, November 15

    • 12:00-3:30pm – Student Leader Workshop pre-conference (this is an optional add-on to the conference and requires a separate registration)
    • 3:30-4:00pm – Conference check-in 
    • 4:00-7:00pm – Welcome, opening keynote, dinner

Saturday, November 16

    • 9:00am-4:00pm – Conference sessions


There are currently two room blocks reserved at the Super 8 ($87 per night) and Cobblestone Hotel ($142 per night) in Waverly. When calling to make your reservation, please mention the Civic Action Academy in order to receive the rate stated above. Be sure to book your hotel room by October 15.

Questions can be directed to Kara at ktrebilsmith@compact.org.



November 15
November 16


Wartburg College