The Campus Compact Affinity Networks bring members together around shared interests to advance common priorities. Affinity networks will convene to form ongoing, sustained collegial networks that will provide space to participate in professional development, network, build partnerships, share best practices, and support each other's work.
Active Affinity Networks
Community Colleges for Democracy
Any institution of higher education with Carnegie Classification of Associate’s College, Mixed Baccalaureate/Associate's College, and Special Focus Two Year institution. Learn more >
The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN)
R-1 institutions that share a fundamental commitment to leveraging their resources, skills, and energy to address the most challenging issues in society. Learn more >
Minority Serving Institutions
Institutions of higher education enrolling populations with significant percentages of undergraduate minority students or that serve certain populations of minority students under various programs created by Congress.
Rural Serving Institutions
Institutions of higher education that primarily serve rural areas (an area that is defined, identified, or otherwise recognized as rural by a governmental agency of the state in which the area is located).
Mid-Career Community Engagement Professionals
Engaged professionals (faculty or staff) who have worked in the field of higher education community engagement for 8-15 years.
Campus Compact's Vision for Affinity NetworksExpand All
Affinity Networks are democratic
All affinity networks will be designed to be democratic and embrace the following equity-based principles: that (a) everyone has knowledge to share, (b) everyone has learning to do, and (c) participants bring many identities and ways of knowing and that such diverse expressions should be encouraged and incorporated into affinity group’s activities. In this way, all affinity groups will be structured and monitored to support the growth and learning of all members.
Affinity Networks are member-driven
Affinity networks are member-driven, so they may serve different purposes for different groups. The ways in which affinity groups are organized, the questions they consider, and the outcomes they seek will likely vary from group to group.
Affinity Networks are equity-centered
Given the current social and historical moment and Campus Compact’s commitment to move beyond words and into tangible action, all affinity networks will be designed to center equity. This means acknowledging multiple forms of knowledge, centering marginalized voices, and being inclusive of the multiple intersectional identities of participants. We also strive to make our institutions more equitable, inclusive, and just places and as such we ask that participants be reflective of institutions’ reputations of harm and strive to make a commitment towards the elimination of barriers that impact the participation of individuals in the life and well-being of the institution and the local community.
Affinity Networks bring theory, knowledge, and scholarship to practice
As new forms of knowledge and ways of knowing enter into and are acknowledged within the higher education community engagement space, it is important that we continue to work together to develop creative strategies that put our developing knowledge into transformative practice. Affinity networks are ideal places to collaboratively design, practice, and evaluate more inclusive, equity-focused approaches to engagement in our institutional contexts.
Structure & schedule
Affinity networks will meet quarterly at a minimum. Meetings be primarily held virtually, with in-person gatherings scheduled depending on resources, availability, and relative access. Participants are encouraged to regularly attend group meetings. The kinds of activities that take place within individual affinity groups will be driven by (and responsive to) the desires of member institutions and may include the sharing of best practices, professional development, networking, and partnership building.