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Message from the Executive Director


For the last six months, I’ve been making my way around the state on a “listening tour” to understand the relationship between ILCC and its members.  It’s been wonderful to see your campuses and learn from everyone.  Recently, on a visit to a member campus, I was asked a question I had not yet considered:  What does it mean to be a good member of Illinois Campus Compact?  An amazing question that caught me off guard.  I have spent so much time thinking about how I can serve you and your campuses that I hadn’t considered what you could give back. 

Currently, there are a few tangible things that member campuses can do that will support the greater vision of Illinois Campus Compact.

First, the national office of Campus Compact along with the board of directors and the state executive directors have written the Campus Compact Thirtieth Anniversary Action Statement of Presidents and Chancellors.  This statement reaffirms all of our commitment to the pillars of civic engagement and the public purpose of higher education.  We are asking university and college presidents to sign this statement.  The updated statement can be found here: http://conference.compact.org/presidents-summit/campus-compact-thirtieth-anniversary-action-statement-of-presidents-and-chancellors/.  Please encourage your president to review and sign this document in support of the Campus Compact vision.

Second, the national Campus Compact National Survey is currently open.  We are asking all member campuses to provide details about the civic engagement activities on their campus.  It can be a long process but the information it provides is invaluable.  As Illinois Campus Compact embarks on a strategic planning process in the new year, this information can help guide us to the programs and services that best fit your campuses.  That survey can be found here: http://compact.org/resource-posts/take-the-2015-annual-membership-survey/.  The survey is due December 18th.

One more exciting opportunity would be to submit a proposal for the Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit that ILCC cohosts with the Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota compacts every spring.  The conference will be at the University of Iowa on May 31st and June 1st.  We are hoping to have a great showing of Illinois colleges and universities as both participants and presenters.  More information can be found here http://www.midwestengagementsummit.org/.  Proposals are due February 12th.

While these are specific examples of being an active member, there are so many ways that members can engage with ILCC.  The strength of this organization is the network.  By sharing and participating in ILCC events, you are giving back to other members and creating opportunities for collaboration.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.

Natalie Furlett