Compact Nation Podcast

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Campus Compact brings you our newest way to stay connected to higher education community engagement

“Have you heard the joke about the three community engagement directors getting into an elevator?”
–Andrew Seligsohn, Campus Compact President, in Episode 1, Compact Nation Podcast

Tune in monthly for conversations with leading community engagement professionals, book and literature reviews,  discussions of important topics in the field, and maybe the answer to what happens when a few community engagement professionals step into an elevator–or start a podcast.

Episode Archive

Andrew Seligsohn, president of Campus Compact; Emily J. Shields, executive director of Iowa Campus Compact; and J.R. Jamison, executive director of Indiana Campus Compact introduce the Compact Nation Podcast.

Learn More and Listen to the Introductory Episode

For the first episode of the Compact Nation Podcast, hosts Emily Shields and J.R. Jamison converse with Imagining America’s Tim Eatman, and discuss higher education’s role in the work of healing communities most impacted by systemic inequality. Tim Eatman, Director of Research for Imagining America, spurs discussion about the power and responsibility higher education has to be a force for healing the wounds left by systemic racism and deep-rooted inequality. He talks about “respecting the blind spots” and connecting through narrative.

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During this episode of the Compact Nation Podcast we have conversations with Duquesne University’s Lina Dostilio. Lina is the Director of the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, an author, and a Campus Compact Scholar in Residence. We also hear from President Andrew Seligsohn on the importance of professional development for Community Engagement staff, and the professional credentialing program Campus Compact has in the works. Finally, we get a rare look into the past life of President Andrew Seligsohn, as a sports and science writer for elementary school students at Scholastic Magazine.

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With the presidential election right around the corner, the third episode of the Compact Nation Podcast brings you conversations with Nancy Thomas, who directs research on higher education’s role in American democracy at Tufts University’s Tisch College, including the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). Tune in to find out what makes students vote, how we can build collective democratic capacity, and what this means for engagement in all of our communities on this election season special of the Compact Nation Podcast.

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Join us for the fourth episode of the Compact Nation Podcast as we talk with writer and activist Ashley C. Ford about the role of listening and empathy in higher education and community engagement. Learn about Ashley’s story — beginning as a student at Ball State University — her work today inside and outside of higher education, and her efforts to take on systemic inequality.

Learn More and Listen to Episode 4.

Tune in for the first episode of 2017! We look back at the triumphs and struggles we — as a community of engagement professionals — experienced in 2016, and we talk about what we are looking forward to in 2017. During this episode we also check in with three of our state compact executive directors to learn about new and innovative approaches to this work they are taking in 2017.

Learn More and Listen to Episode 5

Tune in this month as we talk with Robin Saha, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and 2016 recipient of the Thomas Ehrlich Award for Civically Engaged Faculty, for his work in environmental and social justice, as well as the importance of community engagement. We also talk with Yaz Najeebi, a student at Green Mountain College and one of our Newman Civic Fellows about their work in the field of environmental justice, and their views on the importance of diversity both inside and outside the classroom.

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This month on the Compact Nation Podcast our hosts talk with Tania D. Mitchell, assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. They tackle the role of social justice in higher education, calling for higher education to adopt a “social change mindset and framework.” Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod

Learn More and Listen to Episode 7

Join us this month for discussions on documenting and publishing engaged scholarship. We delve into the role engaged scholarship can play in creating a more just and equitable society with leading engaged scholars Cathy Jordan and Andrew Furco from the University of Minnesota. Learn about how these scholars are breaking down the barriers of traditional knowledge dissemination and changing the game in pursuit of equity. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod

Learn More and Listen to Episode 8

Meet the Podcast Team

Emily Shields


hssept2011-009_2608523Emily J. Shields has served as executive director of Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) since 2011. She is the co-chair of the National Campus Compact Network Operations Committee and serves on the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, the Grinnell College Prize Review Committee, and the Grand View University Business School Advisory Council.An Iowa native, she has two toddlers and lives with her partner in Des Moines, Iowa. Her hobbies include listening to podcasts, playing outside, supporting progressive candidates, and bossing people around.

J.R. Jamison


J.R.-headshot-3-copy-283x300J.R. Jamison has spent nearly two decades connecting higher education and nonprofits through meaningful community engagement partnerships to strengthen their impact and better orchestrate their narratives as one. He is the Executive Director of Indiana Campus Compact, the Co-Founder and Chief Storytelling Officer of The Facing Project, and he serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community EngagementHe seeks to connect people to create understanding across difference, and he likes peanut butter and puppies — but not together.

Navaal Mahdi:


Navaal is a senior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County studying Media and Communications. She fell in love with podcasts while listening to Radiolab, and she aspires to tell stories as seamlessly one day. Her passions include animals, traveling, and hockey — but not necessarily in that order.


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