Conference Overview

The Campus Compacts of the Great Plains, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin invite proposals for the 2019 Midwest Campus Compact Conference, which will take place May 29 – 31, 2019, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Whether you are new to community-engaged learning and scholarship, curious about learning the basics of community-campus partnerships, or a seasoned engaged scholar or community engagement professional seeking innovative approaches and discussion of important issues, this conference will provide opportunities to learn, explore, connect, and prepare for bold and thoughtful action.

Each session proposal should relate to the conference theme: Dispatches from the Midwest: Community, Collaboration, and Critical Perspectives.

For more information on the Conference, or to view the full Request for Proposals, please visit the Midwest Campus Compact Conference webpage.

60 minutes, presented on Thursday & Friday, May 30 – 31, 2019

We are seeking presentations that will inform or advance the study and practice of all forms of community-engaged learning and scholarship in higher education. Sessions should allow attendees to engage in learning and discussion on a particular topic and share best practices through creativity while providing an active-learning opportunity with clear deliverables and concrete “take-a-ways” for participants. Formats can range from:
  • Skill-Building Session
    • Focuses on particular tasks or techniques, how these can be useful to various stakeholders, and be applied in the participants’ settings.
    • Session leaders are expected to present some relevant knowledge, experiences, and resources, while also engaging participants in interactive work of some kind that supports their learning and application of the skill(s).
  • Issue-Focused Session
    • Addresses specific public issues and/or issues within higher education and how service-learning and/or community engagement can contribute towards change.
    • Session leaders are expected to draw on their own and others’ work as they invite participants to engage in dialogue.
  • Knowledge Creation Session
    • Community-based research and/or scholarship of engagement presentations that cultivate the knowledge of stakeholders from all perspective in community engagement work.
    • Session leaders are expected to draw on their research as they guide participants on the ways this knowledge can be used to further the field.
  • Story Session
    • Reflects the genuine and authentic experiences of the presenters by emphasizing sharing valuable lessons through telling stories from each stakeholder’s perspective.
    • Session leaders should consider including stories of “what didn’t work and why,” strategies for addressing the challenges discussed, as well as stories of success and how similar strategies can be implemented.
  • Community Conversations
    • An opportunity to explore a topic of interest with colleagues from across stakeholder groups.
    • Session facilitator should plan approximately 10 minutes to frame the context of the conversation and 50 minutes of mutual examination and dialogue on the proposed topic or themes with proposed initial questions.
    • This session format can be adapted for a panel discussion, exploring future research questions/topics, and/or opportunities to explore new areas of the field.
All submissions will be peer reviewed. Applicants will be notified by March 18, 2018, whether or not their proposal has been accepted. Those applicants whose submissions have been accepted must confirm their attendance by April 1, 2019.

Submission of proposals:

Proposal are due Friday, February 8, 2019 and must be submitted electronically.

Review Criteria
The following is representative of how all proposals will be reviewed.
  • Do the title and abstract match the session description?
  • Is the proposal clear and concise—does the proposal provide detail, organization and focus within the constraints of the 250 word session description?
  • Does the intended audience designations correlate with the description?
  • Are the objectives clearly stated?
  • Does the proposal create a clear picture of how this presentation will flow?
  • Are the content and/or skills discussed relevant to the intended audience?
  • Are there opportunities for audience interaction?
  • Can the objectives be met and activities completed within the session length?
  • Is the format selected appropriate for the proposal?
  • Does the proposal show originality and insight—is it thought provoking, cutting-edge or groundbreaking?
  • Is the session based in theory, research, and/or practice? (e.g., A clear theoretical, empirical, or pedagogical framework, with explicit justifications displaying knowledge of the state of the field.)
Request for Proposals Released October 30, 2018
Submission Deadline February 8, 2019
Notifications of Acceptance March 18, 2019
Presenters Confirm Attendance April 1, 2019
General questions regarding the 2019 Midwest Campus Compact Conference can be directed to Sinda Nichols, Associate Director of Minnesota Campus Compact at Questions regarding the Request for Proposal process can be directed to Laura Weaver, Director of Programs and Member Development with Indiana Campus Compact at General information on the Conference can be found on the Conference website at

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.