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The Civic Agency Workshops are curated experiential workshops that support development of civic agency through strategies and skills related to “self,” “us,” and “now,” all available for free download. 

In 2020, we introduced the Social Change Wheel 2.0 Toolkit featuring an updated Social Change Wheel that includes an inner ring of campus-based strategies that align with larger efforts for social change. The toolkit also includes reflective activities to help put the wheel into action in your work, on your campus, and with your community. 

The Civic Competencies framework outlines how we hope students, AmeriCorps members, and interns explore and develop their civic capacity in Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact programs. This framework pulls from key concepts in the field of higher education and civic engagement, including the Active Citizen Continuum and the Civic Minded Graduate, to provide structure for our programs. The three main concepts are centered on Civic Awareness, Civic Action, and Civic Agency. We view these areas as cyclic, where individuals can simultaneously be in one or the other, can move from Awareness to Agency and back to Action. The main objective in our programs, and in this framework, is to help individuals: 1.)  critically evaluate their own identities and lived experiences so that they can more closely examine societal inequities, 2.) take action in meaningful and various ways, and 3.) identify areas where our organization can continue to support their civic awareness and passion for action to invite, engage, and organize others.

Perceptions of Partnership: A Study on Nonprofit and Higher Education Collaboration by Kara Trebil-Smith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Recommended citation: Trebil-Smith, K. (2019). Perceptions of partnership: A study on non profit and higher education collaboration. Des Moines, IA: Iowa Campus Compact. Retrieved from Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact Website:

In Summer 2013, a group of practitioner-scholars in higher education community engagement committed to developing a new resource to help guide professional development, career advancement, and unit guidance in the civic and community engagement field. Through a collective process, they developed a framework of competencies for community engagement professionals. These four areas, as outlined in the publication, are Organizational Manager, Institutional Strategic Leader, Field Contributor, and Community Innovator. The purpose of the book is to support strategic professional development and it should be used to help community engagement professionals to reflect on their own practice and growth. This reflective practice should be connected to wider discussions of how campuses can continue to institutionalize civic and community engagement, and the book provides concrete ways for community engagement professionals to link personal vocation to systemic change.

Based on the Civic-Minded Professionals rubric, Iowa Campus Compact developed a toolkit for higher education professionals to help students better translate their community engagement experiences into the professional sphere. 

In our conversations with employers, we have learned even more about how much they value community-engaged experiences in those they hire and how much they look for it on resumes. The problem? They’re not finding it. Too many students don’t clearly articulate their community-engaged experiences and the skills they built from them in the job search.

This toolkit provides guidance for a community engagement professionals, campus communications professionals, campus administrators, and others involved in telling the story of higher education community engagement. It is the work product of the 2017-18 Minnesota Campus Compact Communications Task Force. We thank all those who participated for their contributions.

Collections are great starting points for practitioners to learn more about a specific aspect of engagement work. They are highly curated—offering the best and most innovative tools, resources, and readings you can use for your work.