Engaged Scholars Initiative Overview

The Engaged Scholars Initiative (ESI) is aimed at developing, supporting and connecting leaders from member institutions within the states representing Campus Compact of the Midwest, who can advance co-created knowledge, critically engaged pedagogies, models of institutional change, and collaborative action that addresses societal issues. The goals of ESI are to:
  • develop engaged scholars [WL1] who are committed to addressing power dynamics and advancing equity and full participation in institutions and communities;
  • advance scholarly objectives, including research, teaching and/or application, of each scholar’s choosing;
  • strengthen professional networks by building deep relationships among scholars;
  • expand the perspectives and types and sources of knowledge incorporated and highlighted across the field; and
  • generate individual and collaborative work that translates the scholars’ insights into both traditional (e.g., academic publications, conference presentations, white papers, etc.), creative works (e.g., public art, exhibitions, spoken word performances, etc.), and educational and community resources (e.g., program evaluations, policy analysis, training materials, etc.).

Call for Nominations Released January 25, 2019
Nomination Deadline March 4, 2019
Peer-Review Process March 5 - April 1, 2019
Nominees Notified Decision April 3, 2019
General questions regarding the 2019-2020 Campus Compact of the Midwest Engaged Scholars Initiative Conference can be directed to Emily Shields, Executive Director of Iowa Campus Compact at eshields@compact.org. General information on the Engaged Scholars Initiative can be found on the Program website at https://midwest.compact.org/esi/.

Campus Compact and all regional and state Campus Compact affiliates are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our field and in our broader culture. We strive to make all events safe and welcoming spaces that value the contributions of a diversity of people, spark critical reflection, provide multiple ways to learn, and engage and recognizes various identities and their intersections, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, education level, political affiliation, veteran status, age, and disability. Our goal is to create an environment that demonstrates this commitment and, to this end, we welcome proposals that bring a variety of perspectives, identities, and backgrounds to our conversation.